SMED Dissertations

SMED Students 2014 – 2016 Plans

Doctoral Dissertation Listing

The SMED Doctoral Program capitalizes on quality of dissertation research and scholarship as a accountability and quality measures.  We have a dedicated Alumni members serving as Research Mentors of current doctoral students. Our international Advisory Committee is composed of experts in the areas of educational research.



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Theresa Mutahi Hindrances that deter Black women from pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as well as important success strategies to address the under-representation of women in STEM fields.
Sundee Warren Evidence-Based Practices in Teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Courses and Laboratory Components Online.
Ajibike Olubunmi Itegboje Many students including adults possess mobile devices (Anderson, 2008;  Prensky, 2010), all of which operates on MWT – Capabilities of mobile technology (e.g., portability, mobility, wider reach, reduction in transactional distance, low infrastructural need??) make it a viable tool for reaching underserved students at a distance (Kim, 2011).
Julia Ledet  Julia Ledet is a doctoral student at Southern University.  Her area of research is in teacher training and professional development using virtual and immersive technologies. He coordinate the SMED Program partnership with SimSchool Gaming System.    She made various national presentations on the potential of using a virtual classroom to train graduate students and adjuncts how to teach.
Ni’Shawn Stovall Ni’Shawn is a doctoral student at Southern University. Her area of research is in Virtual Schooling. There are national studies, which comprehensively reviews 311 virtual schools operating in the United States, finds serious and systemic problems with the nation’s full-time cyber schools. Despite virtual schools’ track record of students falling behind their peers academically or dropping-out at higher rates, states and districts continue to expand virtual schools and online offerings to students, at high cost to taxpayers.
Jane R. Pablico Jane R. Pablico has been a student in the Ph.D. SMED program since Fall 2012. She is originally from the Philippines where she got her degrees in BS Physics and MS in Teaching Physics. Jane has a passion for learning and teaching, and always looks for ways to improve herself. She moved to the US in 2008 to venture in a more challenging teaching career. She also continued seeking professional development and obtained her degree Master of Natural Sciences from LSU in 2010. She completed certification in Gifted Education from Northwestern State University in 2011. Jane currently enjoys her teaching profession as a Physics/Chemistry teacher at Walker High School and as an adjunct faculty at ITT-Tech Baton Rouge Campus. She intends to finish her Ph.D. in SMED and wishes to contribute knowledge in research areas on Inquiry-Based Instruction and Adaptive Learning Management Systems.
Brittany Martin My dissertation research focuses on the impact The Center of Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE), an academic advising program at Southern University, is having on the retention and GPAs of freshman students that are declared as STEM majors as well as their perceptions of the academic advising experience.
Ingrid Cruz

Effects of Robotics in Promoting Critical Thinking Skills in Middle school Students

The needs for the development of twenty first century skills is a major force behind the call for improved thinking skills instruction. A great deal of the research currently being reported indicates that the direct teaching of creative skills can produce better, more creative thinkers.

Kendra Smith My research is centered on the impact of concurrent lab enrollment on the success of first time African American freshman in introductory science lecture classes at an HBCU.
Pramod Jasti My research is centered on Mobilization. Mobile application is a software application designed to run on Smartphone’s. Because of the significant advancement in Mobilization technology (use of mobile technology and to deliver online learning using mobile devices), the technology to design mobile apps and how they can be utilized as teaching and learning tools.
Donna R. Harrison My research is centered on Time-on-Task As A Predictive Factor Of Successful Mathematics And Science Learning Outcomes In A 9th-12th Grade Learning Enrichment Program.
Kenya Dabney
My dissertation topic focuses on Parity in access to accommodations for minority students with disability in the biological sciences.
Emily Jackson
My research is titled “The Impact that an Inquiry-Based Professional Development has on Science Teachers.”
Phakaporn (Yoe)
My research focuses on exposing misconceptions in College Calculus and providing interventions to address such misconceptions.”
Pamela Burleigh
My research focuses on inestigating the Success Rate of Minority College Students in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Programs and finding methods to overcome these obstacles.
Robert Tucker
My research focuses on “ The Impact that Research-Based Practices: Across-Curriculum Learning, Meaningful Engaged Tasks, and Cooperative Grouping have on Student Performance.”