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Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Stance, strategies, and agency: A collective case study of three secondary ELA teachers’ critical disciplinary literacy practices, Wendy A. Barlow

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Investigating and comparing operationalizations of first-generation students: Similarities and differences in the characteristics, experiences, and one-year persistence of students across multiple levels of parental education, Jennifer Mirabai Beck

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A critical ethnographic study of the resistance of Midwest Latinx youth: Towards a politics of immigration and education, Carlos R. Casanova

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The influence of a female-centered figured world on the STEM identities of young girls, Ashley Delaney

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How two faculty integrate equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice in doctoral education, Michael David DuPont

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“Here we come:” The experiences of women enrolled in male-dominated STEM career technical pathway programs at a Midwestern community college, Rachel Roth Erkkila

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Civic learning for dissent: College students’ activist orientation, campus climates, and higher education in the American democracy, Kevin Michael Hemer

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Examining the impact of technology-mediated oral communicative tasks on students’ willingness to communicate and communicative performance, Nadia Veronica Jaramillo Cherrez

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U.S. higher education performance-based funding policy diffusion and its association with state political ideologies and state budgeting taxonomies, Christopher Neary

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Quality of life in a rural community: Perceptions of the role and contributions of the small, rural community college, Jared William Reed

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Patterns of philanthropic gifts among student-athlete alumni: A case study of a Midwest university, Timothy Tesar

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“Speaking truth to power and to the people”: Scientist bloggers of color as public intellectuals, Lisette E. Torres-Gerald

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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The problem with homesickness: A new way of coming home, Carolyn Jean Duven

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Value of U.S. higher education among students from China and Russia, Inna Kuznetsova

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Opportunity to learn informational text and literary text and their relations with student reading achievement: An examination with the PIRLS 2011 and the NAEP 2011 reading assessments, Dan Li

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Community college policies affecting undocumented students, Emily Sara Logan

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Student demographic, academic, and financial characteristics and the likelihood of on-time credential completion at a rural community college in Iowa, Rachel Lynn McGuire

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Graph accessibility and comprehension for the blind: A challenge of its own kind, Ashley Nichole Nashleanas

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An investigation of microaggression frequency and stress among Chinese international university students and the impacts, Shaohua Pei

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You want me to do what? How Iowa’s secondary school principals are adjusting to their new roles in light of the Teacher Leadership Initiative, Lori Phillips

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Exploring the multicultural competence, will, and multicultural work of student affairs educators in higher education, Jennifer Lynn Plagman-Galvin

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Exploring the multicultural competence, will, and multicultural work of student affairs educators in higher education, Jennifer Lynn Plagman-Galvin

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Engineering in the elementary science classroom: Teachers' knowledge and practice of the nature of engineering, Jacob Pleasants

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Community college faculty advising: Testing a model of student interaction and satisfaction, William B. Robertson

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La trenza de las fronterizas: The cultural worlds first-generation women navigate to access college, Katherine Cameron Seifert

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Investigating the sense of belonging of international students through a predictive model, Anupma Singh

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Organizational perspectives on co-teaching triads participating in a science and engineering professional development program, Christopher Dwight Spinler

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Who I want you to be: Three portraits of culturally competent teachers improving the mental health of students, Jennifer L. Wells

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Superintendents' perceptions of their instructional leadership in the Iowa Teacher Leadership and Compensation System (TLCS), Douglas Dean Wheeler

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A qualitative study of rural community college white faculty (mis)understanding of diversity, LaDrina Nicole Wilson

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Grateful/ungrateful, white/not-white, Asian/not-Asian: A study of East Asian transracial-transnational adoptees, Justin Paul Winkel

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Understanding critical thinking in American higher education: From Chinese international and domestic STEM students’ perspectives, Lu Yan

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Teaching structural analysis with a mobile augmented reality application, Suhan Yao

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Faces in the crowd: A narrative inquiry into the relationship violence experienced by four Black college women, Lorraine D. Acker

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Distributed leadership for equity and excellence in mathematics: An elementary school case study, Comfort Enono Akwaji-Anderson

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A game-based design studio: An exploration of an interior design studio environment for implementing game-based learning, Zina Alaswad

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An examination of front-line student services staff’s experience transitioning from a traditional to an integrated model of student service, Christopher David Bowser

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The influence of college readiness and institutional intervention upon intention to persist among GED credentialed community college students, David Carson

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Intercultural competence and employability of students at Iowa State University: Outcomes assessment of study abroad, Katie Marie Davidson

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Living the creed: How chapters of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc., contribute to civic engagement, Manuel Del Real

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Exploring international student adaptation through a first-year experience course at Iowa State University, James Dorsett

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Characteristics and enrollment factors of post-degree students at a large, public, community college in the Midwest, Kelly L. Friesleben

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Inquiries that matter: How social studies teachers employ historical inquiry practices to support social justice civic goals, Jennifer Lynn Gallagher

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Investigating administrators and faculty perception regarding applied baccalaureate degrees at a Midwestern university, Lee John Geisinger

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Teachers' inquiry stance: Collaboration through data analysis in a professional learning community, Darin Marcus Haack

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Augmented reality reading support in higher education: Exploring effects on perceived motivation and confidence in comprehension for struggling readers in higher education, Laura Anne Huisinga

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Longitudinal study of pre-service teachers' development of TPACK in a required educational technology course, Yi Jin

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Led by lawyers: Perceptions of legal training and experience and their effect upon leadership, Jermaine Johnson

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Investigating preservice teachers' TPACK integration into lesson planning, Ozlem Karakaya

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Community college leadership in the Midwest: Pathways, preparation, and competencies, Robinette Kelley

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Literacy events and practices that position Hmong women to meet academic success in community colleges, Jody C. Koch

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"A passion to mold young people:" A mixed-methods study of Iowa community college athletics coaches' profile characteristics, Korey Kollasch

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The absences of LGBTQ-related language in Iowa school handbooks: School handbooks as a catalyst for change, Joy Marie Linquist

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Principals' early career instructional leadership experiences in rural schools, Carolyn Suzanne Manard

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Placed: Assessing the developmental progression of remedial math students at a large Midwestern community college using ALEKS, Jeanice Ann McCarville Kerber

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Young alumni perspectives about philanthropically supporting their alma mater, Kimberly Mae McDonough

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A liberal arts education in film production: Instructional assessment of student film projects, Troy Daniel Mckay

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Athletic training preceptors' perceptions of physical presence, cooperation, and communication with athletic training program directors, Mary Ellen Meier

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Reverse credit transfer: Associate degree attainment in the State of Iowa, Eric Neil Merten

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Leadership Competencies in Data Driven Decision Making, Brett Monaghan

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Engagement experiences: Adult English language learner students in advanced manufacturing at a midwestern community college, Ahmed Kwasi Onwona-Agyeman

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Virtual learning community: Utilizing learning communities in hybrid and online graduate programs, Amy J. Pilcher

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At the intersection of space, place, and experience: An ethnographic case study of affordances in Architectural Design 1, Melissa Leigh Rands

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The effect of student characteristics on the frequency of faculty-student interaction in the community college, Bryan Dale Renfro

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A case study of early alert reports in Midwestern community colleges, Karen Reynolds

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Reverse transfer credit: A case study of the perceived influence on degree recipients, Shawna Saad

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International student-athlete adjustment experience at community colleges in the Midwest, Jennifer Sabourin

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Predicting student persistence of community college transfer students to a large, urban, transfer destination four-year institution, Megan M. Scherzberg

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The influence of professional development and culture on data-driven decision making participation among senior and non-senior community college leadership., Matthew J. Schmit

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The fine arts in Midwestern community colleges: Six case studies portraying a cross-case analysis of sustainability, Meghan Ruth Schumacker

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A qualitative study of how teacher perceptions within a 1:1 iPad® Program may contribute to changes in teacher practices, Eric Christopher Shafer

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Student perceptions of teacher care: Experiences and voices of recent high school graduates, Jared Rodger Smith

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Using MAP-Works to explore early credit enrollment in high school and the impact on students’ academic self-efficacy and academic resiliency, Linda Jean Garbisch Svenson

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Factors related to superintendent retention and turnover, Jesse Dean Ulrich

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Promotion of student engagement by online community college faculty, Alicia Vance Aguiar

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Closing the achievement gap through parent education and quantitative linguistic feedback: The use of LENA Start to improve the home linguistic environment and parental knowledge of child development, Craig Van Pay

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Young children, computer coding, and story creation: An examination of first- and second-grade children’s multimodal stories and literacy practices when engaged with a multimedia coding application, Sam Robert Von Gillern

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Exploring the relationship between beginning science teachers’ practices, institutional constraints, and adult development, Jesse Wilcox

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First-generation community college students and their sense of place: An opportunity to succeed; an opportunity to belong, Cheryl J. Williams

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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International Students’ Decision to Attend a Small, Rural Community College in Iowa, Sarah Ellen Adams

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Waiting to become: A descriptive phenomenology of adjunct faculty experiences at multi-campus community colleges, Amanda Lynn Bakley

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A mixed methods study of the effects of clicker use on math anxiety and achievement in mathematics, John Herbert Batchelor

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A Mixed Methods Study of the Effects of Clicker Use on Math Anxiety and Achievement in Mathematics, John Herbert Batchelor

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Retention and persistence through the lens of four Black women community college students, Glennda M. Bivens

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A study of how culture, collaboration, and advocacy influence data-driven decision making at community colleges, Marvin Leo Dejear

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The obligated bystander: An analysis of factors which influence teacher intervention in school bullying, Jennifer Farley

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A study on the impact of funding on state-level community college governance systems, Jeffrey Alan Fletcher

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Challenges of accrediting distance education allied health programs with clinical components, Auburne Kay Deming Hutchins

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Shadow Education in China: What is the relationship between private tutoring and students’ National College Entrance Examination (Gaokao) Performance?, Ran Li

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The lived experiences of college students with a learning disability and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Sarah Jean Lux

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Predicting and assessing college students' mental health, Joshua J. Mitchell

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The Effects of an Integrated Rhythmic and Literacy Intervention on the Development of Phonological Awareness and Rhythm Skills of Preschoolers, Sara D. Nelson

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Community college academic advisors and the challenge of access in the age of completion, Wendy Sue Robinson

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Digital badge adoption: earner's perceived educational value, Sandra Jean Schwarz

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The use of MAP-Works to examine adjustment and retention in undergraduate international students, Lindsay Anne Simpson

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The present status of women's and gender studies programs at community colleges, Alissa Kristine Stoehr

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Exploring the experience of academic suspension and subsequent academic resilience for college students who were reinstated to the institution: A phenomenological analysis, Jennifer Jill Suchan

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Examining teachers' experiences in a professional learning community focused on integrating technology into literacy instruction, Jennifer Marie Thoma

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The impact of predictive analytics based advising on the selection and change of major among first-year, first-term students in engineering, Sylvester Charles Upah

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Development of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) in PreK-6 teacher preparation programs, Wei Wang