First Doctoral Dissertation Defenses Set

Eight Arkansas Tech University students will do something this month that no student in the 108-year history of the institution has done before — offer final defense of a doctoral dissertation.

Members of the inaugural Doctor of Education degree in school leadership cohort will make their presentations at the Center for Leadership and Learning, which is located adjacent to Lake Point Conference Center at 227 State Road 333 South in Russellville.

Members of the university community are invited to attend each of the eight dissertation defenses.

The presentations are scheduled for the following dates and times:

  • Keith McGee, “School Transition from Elementary to Middle School: Perceptions from Economically Disadvantaged Students,” 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15
  • Ivy Pfeffer, “Arkansas’ Excellent Educator Workforce and Title II-A Funding,” 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20
  • Tiffany Bone, “School Board Leadership and Student Achievement: An Investigation of the Potential Relationship,” 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21
  • Cody Chatman, “Hire, Train, Retain: Addressing the Arkansas Special Education Teacher Shortage,” 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21
  • Christopher Johnson, “How the Response to Intervention Model Utilized by an External Provider Impacts Student Achievement in an Urban Setting,” 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21
  • Cynthia Rice, “21st Century Teaching and Learning: The Perceptions and Practices of Teachers in Four Schools in One Arkansas School District,” 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23
  • Keri Rathbun, “Perceptions of School Counselors Regarding Barriers to Implementing the ASCA National Model,” 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 24
  • Mary Ann Spears, “An Investigation of the Superintendent Induction and Mentoring Program in Arkansas,” 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 27

The ATU Doctor of Education degree in school leadership is designed for K-12 education professionals who currently serve or wish to serve in school district leadership positions.

Learn more about the ATU Doctor of Education degree in school leadership.