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Dissertations from 2018

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Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: A Transformational Path to Emotional Wellness for U.S. Military Veterans, Cathy Powalski

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A Phenomenological Study of Exemplary Elementary School Principals Leading Through Conversational Intimacy, Interactivity, Inclusion, and Intentionality, Chris Powell

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An Ethnographic Investigation into the Influence of Bandura’s Four Psychological Sources of Information on Late-Career Elementary Teachers’ Self-Efficacy, Ginger Prewitt

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Living The Dream: The Stories of Female Foster Youth Alumni with Graduate Degrees, Deshunna Ricks

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Impact of Child and Family Teaming in a Child Welfare Agency, Madeline Roachell

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Military Leaders’ Perceived Importance of Emotional Intelligence Characteristics When Leading Organizational Change, Wayne Roseberry

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Priority Registration for Well Prepared High School Seniors: A mixed method study at a California community college, Joel Ruble

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A Quantitative Study to Determine Student Participation in School Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) Strategies and a Reduction in Student Office Referral, Suspension, and Truancy Rate, Eric Sahakian

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Exemplary City Managers Leading Through Conversation, Nikki Marie Salas

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The Unsung Heroes and Silent Partners of the Educational World, Gillian Schneider

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Perceptions of Teachers Regarding Development of Positive Student-Teacher Relationships in Exemplar Schools Using CSTPs, Sneha Sharma

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Creating Systems of Continuous Improvement: A Phenomenological Study of California Districts Engaged in Transforming into Learning Organizations, Kira Shearer

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Teachers' Perceptions of Homework's Effects on English Learners, Peggy Smith

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Meaning Makers: A Mixed-Methods Case Study of Exemplary K-12 Superintendents and the Behaviors They Use to Create Personal and Organizational Meaning, Jamel Thompson

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The Impact of the Adult Education Block Grant on the Operation of Adult Education in California from the Perspective of Experienced Adult Education Administrators: A Policy A Delphi Study, Larriann Torrez

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Women in Leadership, in a Male-Dominated Field, Specifically the California Highway Patrol, Carla Tweed

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Rocky Journey Toward Effective LGBT Leadership: A Qualitative Case Study Research of the Perceptions of Openly Gay Male Leaders in High-Level Leadership Positions, Javier Valdovinos

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Non-Cognitive Skills and School Culture: A Qualitative Analysis, Michael Vallejo

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Identifying and Addressing the Educational Needs of Primary Elementary Latino Males, Sandra Vilas

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Culture, Leadership, and Organizational Learning in California Community Colleges: Exploring the Potential for Second Order Change, Catherine Ellen Webb

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Exploring the Quality of the Leader-Follower Relationship and Its Effect on Followers’ Organizational Citizenship Behaviors in a Public-Service Organization, Kristina Zaragoza

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Toward an Emerging Theory of Leadership Competencies for Early Care and Education Systems Leaders, Julianne Zvalo-Martyn

Dissertations from 2017

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Supporting a Growth Mindset in High School Classroom Teachers, Peter Abboud

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Monterey Military-Civil Cooperation: A Case Study on Successful Community Defense Against BRAC, Mowafiq W. Alanazi

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Meaning Makers: A Mixed-Method Case Study of Exemplary University Presidents and the Behaviors They Use to Create Personal and Organizational Meaning, Barbara E. Bartels

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The Untold Stories of Former Teen Mothers Who Have Achieved a Master’s Degree or Higher, Tanya M. Benitez

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A Qualitative Study of the Positive Transformation of Public High School Cultures as Perceived by Administrators, Teachers, and Classified Staff Members, Amy L. Besler

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Community College Student Perceptions of University Transfer Barriers, Rick H. Boone

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A Mixed-Methods Study: An Examination of the Relationship between Private Social Media Participation and Accountability, Adherence, and Social Connectedness in, Diana A. Cabori

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The Role of Communication in Strategic Planning at California Community Colleges, Linda M. Carvalho Cooley

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Online Formative Assessments as Valid Correlates of Foreign Language Proficiency Levels as Measured by ILR/DLPT5 Summative Tests, Alma Castro-Peet

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Power, Conflict, and the Role of Human Resources in Mitigating Employment Claims, Kim-Khue Chieffo

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Perceptions of Restorative Justice in Urban High Schools, Kathy Crowe

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Job Retention and Job Satisfaction at the Behavior Therapist Level Working in ABA Companies in the Home Setting, Melissa M. Dauster

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What’s In It For Me? The Impact to Social Exchange Dynamics of Hispanic Males Serving as Mentors in Formal Youth Programs, Annica Meza Dawe

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Transforming Conflict: A Grounded Theory Study of Six Behavior Domains of Leaders in Five Different Fields, Scott A. Dick

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The Perceptions of High School Principals in Three Central and Northern California School Districts on the Implementation of Restorative Practices and Resistance to Change Through the Theoretical Lens of Kotter’s Eight-Stage Change Model, Dena M. Fiori

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Exemplary Nonprofit Leaders and the Behaviors They Use to Create Personal and Organizational Meaning, Candice Flint

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Impact of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports in California Middle Schools: Year Three and Beyond, Jeffrey Franks

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The Impact of Emotional Intelligence on the Leadership of Public School Superintendents, Antoinette Fulcher Gutierrez

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Exploring the Posttraumatic Growth Experiences of Individuals Bereaved After a Loved One Dies by Suicide, Pamela Gabbay Roethel

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The Impact of Male Gender Dissonance on Women’s Potential Eligibility for Advancement to the Position of Community College Chief Executive Officer, Sam Garzaniti II

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California Community College Administrators' Use of Predictive Modeling to Improve Student Course Completions, Rita Grogan

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Factors Affecting Mental Health Seeking Behaviors of Law Enforcement Officers, Vincent M. Haecker

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Exemplary K-12 Superintendents and the Behaviors They Use to Create Personal and Organizational Meaning, Frances E. Hansell

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Exploring the Motivations That Influence First-Generation Latino Immigrant Students to Seek a College Education, Maricela Hernandez

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Exemplary Leadership: A Mixed-Methods Case Study Discovering How Female Chief Executive Officers Create Meaning, Stephanie A. Herrera

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Meaning Makers: A Mixed-Methods Case Study of Exemplary Chief Executive Officers of Engineering Technology Organizations and the Behaviors They Use to Create Personal and Organizational Meaning, Sandra Kay Hodge

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California’s Local Control Funding Formula and the Local Control and Accountability Plan’s Principally Directed Mandate, David L. Howland Dr

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Meaning-Centered Leadership: How Exemplary Technology Leaders Create Organizational Meaning, Ed Jackson

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An Exploration of Perspectives on the Events Leading to the Adoption of the Same-Sex Liturgy in the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States of America, Karla E. Jensen

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Factors that Build and Sustain a Relationship of Trust between School District Superintendents and Principals, Donna Kellogg

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PLTW Female High-School Students' Supports and Barriers in Choosing a College Degree, Lisa Lubin Rubin

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The Impact of Project-Based Learning on Collegiate Preparedness, Tanya T. MacMartin

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Leadership: A Mixed-Method Case Study to Explore the Behaviors a Consultancy Firm Managing Partner Uses to Create Meaning in Their Leadership—for Themselves and Their Followers—through Character, Relationships, Inspiration, Vision, and Wisdom, Robert J. Mancuso

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Competencies for Competency Based Higher Education: A Delphi Study, Cathryn Grammer Margolin

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Impacting Learning for 21st Century Students: A Phenomenological Study of Higher Education Faculty Utilizing a Service Learning Approach, Christina D. Marshall

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The Leadership Behaviors of a Successful NCAA Division I Water Polo Coach: A Phenomenological Study, Scott T. McCall

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The Effects Classroom Experiences and Student Conduct Have on a Teacher's Self-Efficacy in Schools With Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Lorena G. Medina

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Students With Intellectual Disabilities Accessing Postsecondary Education Settings: Promoting Education Equity: Seeing Students for Their Ability First and Supporting Their Development as Contributing Members Into a Diverse Society, Kathleen N. Mercier

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The Development of Organizational Training: Identifying Generational Differences and Perceptions in Computerized Learning Systems in Government Organizations, Gregory Negron

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Academic Advising and Gender Communication, Sean Nemeth

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Counseling Faculty Perceptions of Challenges and Benefits of Online College Success Courses in California Community Colleges, LaTonya Parker

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A Mixed-Methods Study: Self-Efficacy and Barriers to Participation in Workplace Wellness Programs, Massiel Perez-Calhoon

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Stress and the Female Superintendent: Contributing Factors and Stress Management Strategies from the voices of California Female Superintendents, Monica Peterson

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Alternative to Exclusionary Discipline: Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)—A Delphi Study of Riverside County School Districts’ Directors of Student Services, James D. Pike

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The Effect of Professional Learning Activities on Implementation of California’s Quality Professional Learning Standards in Alignment With the Local Control Funding Formula Priority 2, Sadie Pinotti

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Barriers to Reducing the Digital-Use Divide as Perceived by Middle School Principals, Robert E. Presby

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A Mixed-Methods Study Into the Meaning-Making Leadership Behaviors of Exemplary Chief Executive Officers, Sherri L. Prosser

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An Exploration of African American Male Community College Students' Experiences Impacting Higher Education Matriculation, Majeedah Rahman

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The Lived Experiences of Asian Americans Who Became Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of California Community Colleges, Eric Ramones

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A Delphi Study to Identify Jobs that Experts in the Field of Agricultural Business Identify as Necessary for High School Students to be Prepared for in Agriculture in the Next Five Years, to Rate the Importance of the Jobs Identified as Necessary, and to Identify the Skills Necessary to Perform Successfully in Each of the Five Most Highly Rated Jobs, Amanda Richard

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The Lived Experiences of Leading Edge Certified Elementary School Teachers Who Use Instructional Technology to Foster Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, and Communication in Their Classrooms: A Phenomenological Study, Natalie A. Ruddell

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Identifying Effective Cybersecurity Team Behaviors In Order to Transform Cybersecurity, Afshin Sardaryzadeh

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Exploring the Impostor Phenomenon's Behavioral Characteristics: How Do Gay Male Leaders and Impostors Cope?, Donald B. Scott

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How Exemplar Female Business Leaders Utilize the Six Domains of Conflict Transformation to Establish Common Ground and Produce Breakthrough Results: A Phenomenological Study, Alida Stanowicz

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The 2015 Model Principal Supervisor Professional Standards: Transforming the Role of Principal Supervisors, Melanie Stringer

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A Social Constructionist Inquiry Study on the Lived Experiences of Educators with Dyslexia Overcoming Workplace Barriers and Increasing Their Capacity for Success, Kathryn R. Taylor

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Authentic Leadership Behaviors Contributing to Job Satisfaction of Elementary School Principals and Elementary Special Education Teachers, Penny M. Tharpe

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A Delphi Study: Identifying Practices Used to Build Cohesive Teams in a Virtual Setting, Barbara Thiss

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Leadership Practices That Create a Sustainable Collaborative Community, Regina Tillman

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Finding Common Ground: Learning From Leaders Who Have Utilized Conflict Transformation Behaviors in the Mental Health Field in the United States, Tamarah E. Tilos

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Improving Reading Achievement in High Poverty, Rural Schools, Janet Tufts

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Meaning Makers: A Mixed-Method Case Study of Exemplary Police Chiefs and the Behaviors They Use to Create Personal and Organizational Meaning, Rose Nicole Villanueva

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From War to Home: The Systematic Issues Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom Veterans Face Transitioning with PTSD, Tiffany D. Ware

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Improving Special Education Outcomes through Policy, Teacher Practice, and Student Support: A Qualitative Study, Barbara J. Wolford

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Chromebook Access and the Impact on Smarter Balanced Achievement Levels, Melissa Wood

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The Impact of Female School Principals’ Leadership Traits on Teacher Morale in California CBEE Star Schools, Moira Zacharakis 8178731

Dissertations from 2016

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School Connectedness, Language Acquisition and Academic Success: A Study of English Language Learners' Experiences at a Comprehensive High School, Philip M. Alfano

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Tales from the Field: A Phenomenological Study on the Unique Challenges Iraq/Afghanistan PTSD Veterans Experience While Attending a Community College in Southern California, Nick N. Arman

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Preparing Future Leaders: An Ethnographic Study Exploring the Culture of Succession Planning and Leader Development in Christian Higher Education, Andrew Barton

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A Qualitative Study to Discover and Describe Conflict Strategies Used by Exemplar Community College Presidents to Proactively Transform and Resolve Conflict as They Attempt to Shape the Future, Karen J. Bolton

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Emotional Intelligence: A Leader's Impact on Productivity in a Distribution Environment, Herbert Callahan

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A Qualitative Study of Factors Promoting Doctoral Attainment of Second-generation Mexican American Males from California, Jorge Chavarin

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The Role of the Secondary Principal as a Transformational Leader in High Performing, Project Based Learning Schools in California, Daniel P. Ching

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Understanding Millennial, Generation X, and Baby Boomer Preferred Leadership Characteristics: Informing Today’s Leaders and Followers, Lee-Volker Cox

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Sine Qua Non: Emotional Intelligence as the Key Ingredient to Effective Principal, Kelly P. Davids

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A Qualitative Study Analysis on How Utilizing a Token Economy Impacts Behavior and Academic Success, Solomon DeFrancis Dr.

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The Relationship of Communication Styles of Millennial Employees with the Communication Satisfaction and Perceptions of Communicator Competence of Their Supervisors, Edward R. De La Torre

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The Impact of Principal Leadership Behaviors on the Efficacy of New and Experienced Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage Middle School Teachers, Melanie A. Dopson