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Courses Taught

EPPL 502 Educational Leadership: Concepts and Cases

EPPL 536 Instructional Leadership: Supervision and Professional Development

EPPL 586/587 Internship in Administration and Supervision

EPPL 603 Leadership in Educational Organizations

EPPL 604 Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives in Educational Theory, Research, and Practice

EPPL 623 Leadership for Learning

EPPL 690 Researching Social Processes in Schools

EPPL 790 Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership Research Seminar


Dissertations Chaired

Michael Riley (August 2021). Maintaining High Quality Community and Academics in Distance Learning: A COVID-19 Action Research Case Study.

Brian Nichols (July 2020). Appreciative Inquiry as a Strengths-based Approach to Education Technology Planning in a Public School District.

Gwendolyn Baugh Ashworth (March 2020). Exploring the Interaction between Appreciative Inquiry and Student Academic Optimism: An Action Research Study.

Charles (Tad) Watson (March 2020). A Program Evaluation of a Secondary Peer Tutoring Program.

Edward Van Dyke (December, 2019). Taking a Strengths-based Approach to School Improvement in a Rural Elementary School.

Michael Daddario, (November 2019). A program evaluation of the Reading Mastery initiative in a rural primary school.

Barbara R. Kimsey, (March 2019). Engaging teachers to improve administrative support in an urban middle school: An action research study.

Juvenal Enrique Abrego-Meneses (December 2018). A program evaluation of the one-on-one computer initiative in a rural school district in Virginia.

LaMarr Moses, (May, 2018). The role of trust in an urban turnaround school.

Laura Burton (March, 2018). An exploratory study of leadership, literacy assessments, and acceleration for closing the reading achievement gap by third grade.

Jason Allison (March, 2018). A program evaluation of the implementation of Problem-Based Learning.

Micah Smith (December 2017). Promoting student success: An evaluation of a ninth-grade transition program.

Paula Huffman (September, 2017). The implementation of a principal mentoring program and the corresponding impact on leadership practice.

Jennifer Vaughn (August, 2017). Novice educator perceptions of the influences of a new teacher mentoring program in a hard-to-staff school.

Auggy Kang (August 2017). The effects of teacher emotional intelligence and socioeconomic status of school on teacher self-efficacy in K-12 public schools.

Patricia Tilghman (August 2017). Evaluating Programming, Performance, and Perspectives in Pursuing Progress for English Language Learners.

Linda Feldstein (May 2017). Teacher Self-efficacy and Incremental Beliefs about Intelligence.

Sherry Joiner Harrell (May 2017). The Influence of a Theory-based US History Curriculum on Student Achievement, Student Historical Interpretations Skills and Student Self-efficacy for Historical Inquiry.

Bettina Staudt (May 2016). Developing Global Competency Skills in Grades 9- 12: Implications for School Leadership.

Ruth Shannon Finnegan (February 2016). The Relationship of Teacher Evaluations on Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Self-efficacy, and Student Progress.

Elondra Napper (December 2015). A Program Evaluation of Teacher Perceptions on the Fidelity of Implementation of Professional Learning Communities. Co-chair.

Jess Hench (July 2015). Understanding the Lived Experiences of Students in a Comprehensive Four-Year Undergraduate Leadership Development Program.

Philip M. Pugh Jr (April 2015). Program Evaluation of a School District’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Initiative: An Examination of its Influence on Motivation and Other Indicators of Student Achievement.

Michele Kissinger (December 2014). Coaching and teacher self-efficacy of teachers who have completed training in the Competent Learner Model (CLM).

Patrick McClintock-Comeaux (April 2014). Building Professionals: The intersection of trust and professional learning communities.

Antoine Hickman (April 2014). An Evaluation of a School-based Day Treatment Program.

Antonia Fox, (March 2014). The Self-efficacy Beliefs of Algebra Teachers Teaching in Middle and High School Settings.

Rosaline Cardarelli (March 2014). A Culture of Success in Blue Ribbon Schools of the Diocese of Arlington Catholic School System.

Joyce McDowell, (December 2013). The Impact of Parental Involvement in Three Rural Title 1 Elementary Schools.

Michelle Boyd, (May 2013). Co-teaching: Perceptions of Urban Secondary Co- teachers. Michael

Asip, (April 2012). Program Evaluation of a School Division’s Multisensory Reading Initiative.

Kyleah Parsons, (April 2012). Student Identification with School and its Relationships to Students’, Teachers’ and Parents’ Perceptions of Academic Press and Safety in an Urban School Division.

Carol Carter, (May 2012). Empathy as a Crucial Skill for Instructional Coaches: Can It Be Taught?

Sheila Carr, (May 2012). Relationship between Teacher Self-efficacy and Use of Evidence-based Practices in Managing Students with Challenging Behaviors (Co-Chair).

Michele Myers Hopkins, (2012). Institutional Theory and Its Relationship to Decisions Regarding Diploma Type for Students Identified with Special Needs.

Regina Bankole, (December, 2010). Student Trust and the Impact on Academic Press, Identification with School, and Achievement.

Wendy Ellis, (July 2010). Against the Odds: Academic Resilience among High- Ability African-American Adolescents Living in Rural Poverty.

Anthony Copeland, (January 2010). The Professional Learning Community and Its Effect on African American Students’ Achievement.

Dennis Moore, (January 2010). Student and Faculty Perceptions of Trust and Their Relationships to School Success Measures in an Urban School District.

Lisa Lee Pennycuff, (April, 2009). An Analysis of the Impact of the Academic Component of Response to Intervention on Collective Efficacy, Parents’ Trust in Schools, and Referrals for Special Education, and Student Achievement.

Sheila Ashley, (May 2009). Self-efficacy Beliefs of Elementary General Education Teachers in Inclusive Classrooms and the Role of Professional Development.

Pamela Aerni, (January 2009). Teacher Self-Efficacy and Beliefs for Teaching Mathematics in Inclusive Settings. (Co-Chair).

Loree Cobb Reid, (August 2008). Faculty Trust and Its Impact on Voluntary Teacher Turnover Intentions.

Nicole Rummel, (May 2007). Teacher Self-Efficacy Beliefs and Their Impact on Recommendations for Student Retention at Grades K-2.

Janine Lehane, (May 2006). Conceptions of Morality Held by Eminent People. (Co-Chair).

Patricia McMahon, (December 2005). Special Education Assistive Technology: A Phenomenological Study of Building Administrator Knowledge and Practices.

Peggy McMaster, (May 2005). The Development of Self-Efficacy in the Teaching of Reading.

Marilyn Barr, (May 2002). Fostering Student Achievement: A Study of the Relationship of Collective Teacher Efficacy and Student Achievement.

Thomas Beatty, (May 2002). The Relationship Between Teacher Sense of Efficacy and Pupil Control Ideology in Urban Middle Schools.

Jennifer Parish, (May 2002). School Climate and State Standards: A Study of the Relationships between Middle School Organizational Climate and Student Achievement on the Virginia Standards of Learning Tests.(Co -Chair).