Continuing the tradition of doctoral education, Lesley honored its 23 doctoral candidates, the largest class of doctoral students in the university’s history
Friday, May 17, 2013
The annual recognition ceremony, held in Marran Theater and followed by a Reception in White Hall, recognized the scholarship of Lesley’s 23 Ph.D. candidates this year, the largest doctoral class in the university’s history, according to Provost Selase Williams, who addressed the candidates and their friends and families during the ceremony, as did Lesley President Joseph B. Moore.
Moore praised the candidates’ commitment to the highest level of scholarship through serious, sustained and substantial research that is meaningful beyond themselves – a dedication that makes them members of “a community of scholars.”
“They are impressive as individuals, but even more impressive as a group,” said Williams.
Lesley awards doctoral degrees in Educational Studies and Expressive Therapies. The following is a list of the Ph.D. candidates, their dissertations, and their dissertation committee chairs.
Lynn Abrahams: “Finding Voice: An Exploration of College Students with Learning Differences Within the Context of Family.” Dissertation Committee Chair: Amy Rutstein-Riley
Kerry Akashian: “Patient to Agent: A Phenomenological Approach to Understanding Emerging Adult Women’s Experiences of Entering the Workforce.” Dissertation Committee Chair: Amy Rutstein-Riley
Jean-Dominique Hervé Anoh: “The Perceptions of Urban School Principals Regarding the Education of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.” Dissertation Committee Chair: Stephen Gould
John W. Bailie III: “Power and Authority in the Student-Instructor Relationship in a Restorative Practice-Based Graduate Program.” Dissertation Committee Chair: Amy Rutstein-Riley
Carol Cavanaugh: “Effective High School Writing Instruction: Three Case Studies Exploring Agency and Identity Through Literacy.” Dissertation Committee Chair: Mary Ann Cappiello
Anne E. Harrington: “The Epistemology of Persistence: The Experience of Adults Returning to Learning.” Dissertation Committee Chair: Barbara Vacarr
Christin A. Manning: “Understanding the Construction of Personal Learning Networks to Support Non-Formal Workplace Learning of Training Professionals.” Dissertation Committee Chair: Nancy Wolf
Diane Marie McEachern: “Illuminating a Decolonized Epistemology: Indigenous Women on Transformative Experiences with Adult Learning and Social Work.” Education Dissertation Committee Chair: Barbara Vacarr
Mary O’Brien Merrigan: “Dual-Design: Teacher Learning Communities Intended for Adult Learning and Student Achievement.” Dissertation Committee Chair: Robin Roth
Debra G. Murphy: “Making Voices Visible: Teacher Research in a Community College Early Childhood Teacher Education Program.” Dissertation Committee Chair: Judith Cohen
Kathryn Lynne Nielsen: “On Language, Culture, and Marginalization: Multilingual College Students Speak Dissertation.” Committee Chair: Judith Cohen
Amy Fouracre Parmenter: “I am a Teacher: Walking a Mile in Her Shoes. A Narrative Study of Teacher Identity Dissertation.” Committee Chair: Amy Rutstein-Riley
Heather Ronan: “New Teacher Effectiveness and Its Relationship to Teacher Preparation Programs.” Dissertation Committee Chair: Lorraine Greenfield
Kevin F. Rooney: “Athletic Training: Instructor’s Perceived Perceptions for Teaching in an Athletic Training Education Program.” Dissertation Committee Chair: Terry Keeney
Varda Shaked: “The Meaning of Music Making for Computer Scientists with a Serious Music- Making Avocation: A Phenomenological Case Study.” Dissertation Committee Chair: Linda Dacey
Jibril G. Solomon: “From Policy to Practice: An Analysis of the Implementation of State College Readiness Assessment Policies at Four-Year Public Higher Education Institutions in Massachusetts.” Dissertation Committee Chair: Bill Dandridge
Erika L. Vina: “The Sounds of Anxiety: Adult Graduate Students’ Experiences with Learning Technologies: Explorations of Access, Actions and Preference.” Dissertation Committee Chair: Marianne Reiff
Nancy J. Young: “A Mirror of Recognition: How the Empathetic Relationship Between Dusty Springfield and Her Not- Straight Fans Facilitates Their Identity Development.” Dissertation Committee Chair: Caroline Heller
Tamar Einstein: “Sew it Seams: Wearing the Symbols of Distant Neighbors.” Dissertation Committee Chair: Michele Forinash
Susan Firestone: “Art as a Catalyst for Resilience: Women Artists with a Life-Threatening Illness.” Dissertation Committee Chair: Robyn Cruz
Amy Morrison: “Understanding Children’s Art Making Preferences: Implications for Art Therapy.” Dissertation Committee Chair: Robyn Cruz
Lauren Murphy: “Creating Wellness: Expressive Therapies for Creativity Enhancement and Cognitive Development in Older Adults.” Dissertation Committee Chair: Michele Forinash
Keren Barzilay Shecter: “The Role of Defense Mechanisms of Israeli Society in Relationship to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: From 1948 Repression to Artistic Sublimation.” Dissertation Committee Chair: Vivien Marcow-Speiser
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