Recipients of the Alumni Award

Recipients of the Alumni Award for Dissertation Research, 2006-2015


Johanna Duponte, Higher Education

Dissertation title: “Pedagogical change and institutional transformation: The effects of simultaneous reform in community colleges”

Laura Oliveira, Higher Education

Dissertation title: “Gendered anxiety thresholds: An analysis of reactions to increased female enrollments at three private universities, 1867-1917”

Karen Spaulding, LIUS

Dissertation title: “To stay or leave: Efficacy development in urban first-year teachers and its link to their persistence”


Charleen Brantley, LIUS

Dissertation title: “Fourth-grade writing models in three successful elementary schools in the Boston Public School system”

Stephanie Janey, Higher Education

Dissertation title: “The organizational context for collaboration between academic affairs and student affairs in community colleges”


Sara Baron, Higher Education

Dissertation title: “Employee perspectives of library and information technology mergers: The recursiveness of structure, culture, and agency”

Kimberly Burns, Higher Education

Dissertation title: "Faculty sensemaking and transformative learning: Working to improve community college student learning through the scholarship of teaching and learning"

Bowa Tucker, Higher Education

Dissertation title: “Uncovering the civic dimensions of service-learning in higher education: A multi-case study”


Sandra Blanchette, Higher Education

Dissertation title: “Space and power in the Ivory Tower: Decision making in public higher education”

Rhonda Gabovitch, Higher Education

Dissertation title: “Institutional conditions to improve the educational outcomes of part-time community college students”

JoAnne McCormick, LIUS

Dissertation title: “An exploration of the stories and perspectives of three Latino families in the Dedham Public Schools”

Yonette Semple-Dormer, LIUS

Dissertation title: “The role of self-efficacy and the effects of situated online mentoring in the competence of school-based occupational therapists”

Robin Toof, Higher Education

Dissertation title: “The role of research centers in fulfilling the community engagement missions of public research universities”


Lori Brodeur, LIUS

Dissertation title: “Knowledge, identity, & professionalism: A grounded theory analysis of how urban career teachers navigate their professional lives”

Mina Reddy, Higher Education

Dissertation title: "Being a (good) student: Conceptions of identity of adult basic education participants transitioning to college"

Tom Robinson, Higher Education

Dissertation title:  “Exploring how White and Asian American students experience cross-racial interactions: A phenomenological study”


Deborah Liverman, Higher Education

Dissertation title: “First career decisions of African American and Hispanic women in science, technology, engineering, and math"

Gloria Lopez, Higher Education

Dissertation title: “Pa'lante! Toward the presidency: Understanding factors that facilitate Latino leadership in higher education"

John Perella, LIUS

Dissertation title: “A critical study of the National Institute for School Leadership in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts"

Andy Reyes, Higher Education

Dissertation title: “Journeys to transformation: South Sudanese refugees”

Maura Walsh, LIUS

Dissertation title: “Teacher reported job satisfaction and teacher reported understanding of the evaluation process: An exploratory mixed methods case study of one urban public school district"


Yi Shiuan Chin, Higher Education

Dissertation title: “To speak or not to speak: Factors that influence pre-tenure faculty’s sense of voice”

Katherine Petta. LIUS

Dissertation title: “Working to sustain change: An examination of teacher leadership and its role in promoting organizational learning in urban turnaround schools”

Michelle Sterk Barrett, Higher Education

Dissertation title:  “Fostering the spiritual development of undergraduates through service-learning”

Melissa Winchell, LIUS

Dissertation title: “Reconceptualizing cultural competence: White placeling de-/reterritorialization within teacher education”


Nicholas Fitzgerald, LIUS

Dissertation title: ““We are a democracy”: Progressive-era democratic teaching in high school English classrooms, 1912-1941”

Judith Healey Walsh, Higher Education

Dissertation title: “A case study of partnerships in international service learning:

Exploring reciprocity and bi-directional benefits”

Jinhui Xu, LIUS

Dissertation title: “A case study of an urban elementary school Chinese language and culture program at the Boston Renaissance Charter Public Schools (BRCPS)”


LaDonna Bridges, Higher Education

Dissertation title: “Betwixt and between: The influence of working-class culture on transition to college for first-generation students”

Elizabeth Paulsen Tonogbanua, LIUS

Dissertation title: “Transmigration experiences of newcomers in the context of an English-only education: Sense-making by former newcomer ELLs”

Liza Talusan, Higher Education

Dissertation title: “Insider without: The role of socialization in the development of an academic identity for Asian American doctoral students in Higher Education programs”


Beth Belliro, Urban Education

Dissertation title: Retold narratives: Black male artists and the meanings of school

Glenn Cochran, Higher Education

Dissertation title: An examination of influences on policy implementation agents responsible for reducing excessive student drinking

Anne Perkins, Higher Education

Dissertation title: “Unescorted guests: Yale’s first women undergraduates and the quest for equity, 1969-1973”