This collection contains electronic theses and dissertations from 2013-current produced by graduate students at the University of Portland. In addition to the electronic theses and dissertations found in the Pilot Scholars repository, most UP theses and dissertations completed before 2013 can be found in the UP Library Catalog.

Please note: All personal signatures within PDF documents have been redacted to protect individuals' privacy.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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The Water In Which We Swim: The Influence of the Contemplative on Higher Education in American (Capitalist) Culture, Namdrol Miranda Adams

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Do I Even Belong Here? : An Examination of Impostor Phenomenon Among First- Generation College Seniors and the Perceived Factors that Contribute to Resilience and Persistence on the Journey to Graduation, Yvonne Tracy Ayesiga

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A Neuroeducation Model for an Inclusive School-wide Intervention System, Katelyn Blake

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Descriptions and Differences by Regions and Divisions in the United States: Female Secondary School Administrative Leaders, Bobbie Lyn Brown

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An Examination of Preschool Teachers’ Beliefs about Early Literacy within the Context of a Transdisciplinary Neuroeducation Learning Framework: An Exploratory Qualitative Case Study, Robert D. Cantwell

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Developing Student Affairs Practitioner Competency in Assessment, Evaluation, and Research: Improving the Classroom Experience, Annie M. Cole

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The Relationship Between Course-Taking Patterns in Undergraduate Biology and Community College Transfer-Success, Linda Fergusson-Kolmes

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A Transcendental Phenomenology of Homeless Parenting Youth in a Clackamas County Rehousing Program: Examining Their Lived Experiences and Educational Prospects, Francisco Garcia

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Instructional Coaches’ Perspectives on Preparations for the Role as Coach, Sarah Savage Hedges

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Listening to Graduates: An Evaluation of a U.S. Catholic High School Religious Education Program, Gary L. Hortsch

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It’s a Touchy Subject: How Connection is (Re)Imagined in a Global Pandemic, Brittani Klindworth

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Sensemaking of Education Equity and Equity Policy: A Case Study of Vice Principal Discourse, Jeffrey R. Laff

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Faculty Development and Interdisciplinary Partnerships: Supporting Change in Instructional Practice of Engineering Faculty Members Through Professional Learning and Pedagogical Expertise, Rebecca D. Levison

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Combating Sexual Violence on College Campuses: Exploring the Relationship Between Values and Bystander Intervention Among College Students, Sarah Meiser

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The Impact of Neuro-Education Intervention Methods Upon the Learning and Development of an Individual with Developmental Disabilities, Christopher Merideth

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Transformative Learning: The Role of Language in Supporting a Self-Reflective Process in a Context of Crisis, Ana Lia Oliva

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Catholic Education Centers as Third Party Support for Current Catholic School Principals, Jennifer Passadore Gfroerer

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Working Mothers Navigate Identity & Authenticity During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Kate Rohl

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Exploring the Graduation Gap Between Oregon Virtual and Traditional High Schools, Jeffrey M. Welch

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Self-Efficacy Development of Aspiring Principals: The Perceived Impact of Principal Preparation Programming, Jennifer Ann Allen

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Pathways to the Superintendency: The Experiences of Albertan Female Superintendents, Susan M. Coates

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Understanding the Self-Efficacy of Assistant Principals in an Urban School Division: Patterns, Trends, and Challenges to Be Mastered, Timothy P. Cusack

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Instructional Leadership Competencies as Interpreted by New School Principals, Arief Ebrahim

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Teachers’ Experience in Applying Hope Theory in Upper Elementary Educational Practice, Bibi Shameeza Khan

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Enhancing Early Literacy Subject Matter Knowledge: Using Interval Learning Pedagogy to Develop Content Understandings, Matthew Kierstead

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Authentic Leadership as an Antithesis to Teacher Burnout, Carmen Markowski

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The Journey from Teaching Mindfulness to Being a Mindful Teacher: A Quantitative Analysis of Factors that Impact Teacher Mindfulness Practices and Teacher Well-Being in Alberta, LeAnna Rose Murtha-Toles

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Directing Doctor Faustus: Caught Between Two Worlds, Jon Rice

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Investigation of Action Research within a Professional Learning and Development Model, Megan Joyce St. Croix

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Exploring Pedagogical Leadership in Alberta’s Early Childhood Education and Care, Nancy Thomas

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The Dragon: A Thesis Exploration of Fairy Tales, Comedy, Beauty, and Wonder Or What Happens When a Virus Shuts Down Your Production?, Angela Joy Van Epps

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An empirical (re)exploration of leadership in a nonprofit: Understanding leadership as a perspective and a practice, Carly M. Volkmer

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“We demand justice!” Directing Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad in a #MeToo World, Timothy Wagoner

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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The Independent Reading Level Assessment and Its Impact on Third Grade Reading Achievement, Amy Amato Jackson

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A Mixed-Methods Study Exploring Female College Students’ Perceptions of Factors that Influence Retention in Engineering Majors, Kieran Bennett

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Cognitive and Linguistic Time Constructs in English Written Language of High School Students, Louise Margaret Debreczeny

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The Kinetics of Liberatory Pedagogy: An Exploratory Narrative Inquiry across Disciplines among Educational Activists of Marginalized Identities, Latashia Harris

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Diversity in the College Composition Classroom: A Phenomenological Study of Faculty Experiences, Jessica Lorenz

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The Opus Prize as a Transformative Experience for University Students, Daniel M. McGinty

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Visual Input in the Spanish Classroom: Incorporating Comprehensible Visual Input to Teach Spanish Grammar and Vocabulary in High School, Claudia Lago Raffaele

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The Relationship of the Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Survey Responses to Student Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in Math and English: Teacher Professional Development and Student Achievement, Kurt W. Schultz

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Transdisciplinary Learning: Investigating the Effects of an Adult Learning Class with a Neuroeducation Perspective on Adult Learners’ Identity, Perceptions of Learning, and Implementation Strategies, Matt Thul

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Identity, Mission, and Markets: A Multiple-Case Study on Select Catholic High Schools in the United States, Danielle N. Trollinger

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A Study of the Impact of Participating in the edTPA Process on the Assessment Practices of Novice Teachers, Michelle C. York

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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"One Person Can't Do It All!" The Communicative Enactment of Organizational Culture, Collective Identity and Multilayered Leadership, Sumaiyah K. Aloraifi

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Teacher Ethics Code Violations that Result in Licensure or Certification Sanctions, Karen Pearse Apgar

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Reforming School Finance Systems to Achieve Equity in Funding Education, Yousef Awwad

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Change Readiness in Teacher Education: A Multiple Case Study of Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) and How They Address the Demands of Mandated National Accreditation, Susan Mackin Boe

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The Politics of Strange Fruit: Examining the Intersectionality of Race, Microaggressions, and Resiliency for African American Male Students in a Public High School Setting, Irvin M. Brown

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A Classroom Based Assessment in a High School Social Studies Classroom, Sam Busick

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The Effects of Simulation-Based Training on Critical Thinking, Raiza Lee Dottin

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Culturally Responsive Education and Disproportionality of Latino Males in Special Education, Abigail Dudley

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Creating a Strong School Culture to Prevent High School Dropouts, Anne Sistrom Erwin

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Identifying Moral Distress Within Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education: Its Sources and Lived Experiences Among Student Conduct Administrators, Christopher T. Haug

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Universal Implications for the Effects of Strong Kids Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum on Students’ Social-Emotional Competency: A Quantitative Analysis, Michele R. Hetrick

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A Neuroeducation Approach to Writing Instruction with Kindergarteners: A Case Study, Erin Kelley Hortsch

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“Is it his Language?” A Neuroeducation Approach to Exploring the Connection Between Levels of Language Function and Prosocial Concepts for Elementary Students Identified with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Emily Jaskowiak

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Language Acquisition Versus Language Development: An Investigation of Teachers' Beliefs of How English Learners Acquire a Language and How These Beliefs Translate into Practice, Toshiko Mesa Maurizio

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The Effects of Digital Game-Based Learning on Algebraic Procedural and Conceptual Understanding and Motivation Towards Mathematics, Heidi Meister

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Shared Leadership Perceptions in a Turnaround Elementary School, Kimberly Miles

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Discerning Disciples: A Mixed Methods Study on Attitudes Toward and Practices of Evaluation Among Lay Catechetical Leaders, Anthony Dallas Paz

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Computer-Assisted Instruction in Elementary Classrooms: Student-Teacher Relationships and Teacher Role Through the Implementation of Computer-Adaptive Instruction Programs, Brian R. Rathmell

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Appropriating Realism to Promote Inclusion: Directing Appropriate at University of Portland, Jessica Wallenfels

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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AVID Elementary: A Case Study of Program Effectiveness, Janelle Danskey

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The Historical Thinking Gap: High School History Teachers’ Self-Reported Practices, Beliefs, and Identities, Marla Doughty

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Implications of Gender and Racial Intersectionality in the K-8 Classroom, Kate Hanigan

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Student Perspectives in Advanced Placement for First-Year and Traditionally Underrepresented Students: Successes, Challenges, and Shifts in Their Academic Identity, Teresa Ketelsen

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Walk to Language: Creating Language Development Opportunities for ELL and Non-ELL Kindergarten Students, Tracy Klinger

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Factors Influencing Leadership Efficacy for Traditional-Aged Sophomore Male College Students, Jeromy A. Koffler

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The Promise and Pitfalls of Neuroeducation as a Grounding for Instructional Practices: An Exploration of K-12 Application and Assessment, Stephanie C. Murphy

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Student and Teacher Perceptions of the Impact Ethnic Studies Courses Have on Students of Color: A Collective Case Study, Zulema Naegele

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Developing Teacher Capacity with Culturally Responsive Classroom Management Practices, Sarah Phillips

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Restorative Practices in One Pacific Northwest Middle School: A Case Study of Multiple Stakeholders’ Perspectives and Experiences, Erin B. Shepherd

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Mathematical Discourse in Elementary Classrooms, Mary M. Shortino-Buck

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Redefining Professional Development: Investigating the Professional Learning Experiences of Catholic School Educators, Rebecca Smith

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Achieving a Vision of Success For English Language Learners, Van H. Truong

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HOME; A Devised Production, Kelly Wetherald

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Working Mothers: Assessing organizational attitudes, identity and social media presentations of motherhood, Amanda Wheaton

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When Trauma Disrupts Learning: A Neuroeducation-Informed Professional Learning Experience, Cara Megan Wright

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Student Language Use in a One-way Mandarin Immersion Classroom: A Sociolinguistic Perspective, Jessica Bucknam

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Comparing Effectiveness of Intensive Hybrid and Traditional Course Formats in the Community College Setting, Cecelia Corgan Monto

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On Directing: Mirror, Mirror, Christie Craft

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A Neuroeducation Description of a Paradigm Shift in Identification, Assessment, and Treatment of Suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech with Supporting Evidence Through Interview and Artifact Analysis Provided by Speech Language Pathologists and Educators, Jessica L. Duffett

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Teacher Retention in the Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education Residency Model, David Linman Exley

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An Investigation of Language Acquisition as an Antecedent to Pro-Social Development for Secondary Students at Risk for Behavior Disorders, Aaron Green-Mitchell

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A Paradigm Shift in Classroom Learning Practices to Propose Methods Aligned with a Neuroeducation Conceptual Framework, Bonnie Elain Robb

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Lenses of Safari: Post-colonialism, Wildlife Tourism, and Lack of Representation of Skilled Tanzanians in Western Photography and Narrative, Krista Simonis

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Teacher Motivation and Learning: Reflective Participation in Professional Learning Communities, Christopher Charles Smart

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From Classroom Teacher to District-Based Content Specialist: Exploring Organizational and Individual Teacher Identity in Science Teacher Leaders, Jennifer Snow Mayo

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The Essence of Film Narrative: A Metatheoretical Rhetorical Analysis of the Antihero Film as Moral Equipment for Living, Clayton L. Terry

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Perspectives of Teacher Quality: Perceptions from Secondary Educators in Private and Public Schools, Patricia A. Thompson

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The Mindfully Embedded Classroom: An Investigation of the Mindfulness Traits, Philosophies, and Practices of High School Teachers, Kathryn Marie Wagner

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Can Teachers Tell Which Students are at Risk? Comparing Teacher Reading Risk Determinations with STAR Reading Risk Determinations, Leigh Anne Whitney Scherer

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The Development and Validation of an Instrument to Measure Teachers' Perceptions of the Effect of Mobile Technology Initiatives on Classroom Climate, Carol Wyatt

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Investigating Semantic Alignment in Character Learning of Chinese as a Foreign Language: The Use and Effect of the Imagery Based Encoding Strategy, Carol Xiang Lam

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Artaudian Application in Adaptation of Georg Büchner's Woyzeck, Matthew Jared Lee

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Woman vs. Machine: Directing Machinal, Sophie Tredwell's Expressionistic Outcry Against the Male Establishment, Erin Lucas

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Euripides' Alkestis: Experimenting with the Exotic, Andrew Wardenaar

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Standing Up for Justice: Reexamining the Evidence in Twelve Angry Jurors, Jerry Entze