Meet our Ph.D. Students
Introducing our Ph.D. in Community Engagement Students
Dissertation: “The Factors for Success Underpinning an Era of Youth-led Community Revitalization: A Case Study of Brownsville Students in Action”
Research interests: Organizational culture, Carnegie classification on community engagement, higher education
Dissertation: “Servant Leadership with a Hermeneutic of Love Practice”
Dissertation: “Faith-Based Organizations Engaged in Community Economic Development”
Dissertation: "Using Collective Impact to Improve Child Outcomes – A Case Study of the Homewood Children’s Village”
Dissertation: “The Impact of Community Engaged Racialized Conversations on Educational Planning for African American Students P-12”
Research interests: Business specialists engaged in the social enterprise
Dissertation: “An Examination of the Organizational Structure and Practices of Grantmaking Foundations and their Impact on Grassroots Organizations”
Research interest: Social entrepreneurship
Dissertation: “Do Service-Learning Models Create an Opportunity to Cultivate Civic Engagement Outcomes at Point Park University? A Phenomenological Study of Students’ Perspectives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania."
Dissertation: "Freedom Dreams: A Black Feminist Exploration of Cultural Work in the Hill District of Pittsburgh”
Dissertation: “An Examination of the Potential Impacts and Outcomes of a Comprehensive Community Initiative Model”
Dissertation: “Stories from the Yam: A Narrative Inquiry Centering on Black Women Sexual Assault Survivors in Higher Education”
Dissertation: “The African American Females’ Perception of the Role the African American Church in Their Lived Experience of Intimate Partner Violence”
Research interests: Telemedicine, telehealth, healthcare in Haiti
Dissertation: “Understanding the Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility on Millennial Employee Engagement”
Dissertation: “A Phenomenological Study: Factors that Contribute to the Trajectory of Nontraditional Black Male Collegians’ Matriculation and Persistence through Postsecondary Education”
Dissertation: “Social Network, Social Capital and Civic Engagement: An Exploratory Analysis of Social Capital in the Facebook World”
Dissertation: “Analyzing Educators’ Perceptions on How Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Addresses Positive Racial Identity Development for African American Students”
Dissertation: “An Examination of Day-to-Day Stressors Experienced by Single Mothers in Disadvantaged Communities and Their Coping Mechanisms”
Research Interest: LGBTQ health
Research interests: Media deserts, community journalism
Research interests: Police/community relations
Research interests: Juvenile justice, school justice partnerships
Research interests: Policy
Research interest: Nonprofit CRM usage
Research interests: Foster care support in higher education, basic needs supports in higher ed
Research interests: Dehumanization in healthcare of Black women
Research interests: Economic development, urban design, mindfulness
Research interests: Millennial targeted recruitment and retention strategies
Research interests: After school programming for African-American youth communities
Research interests: Black women and girls, intersectionality, Black feminist thought, social services
Research interests: Community planning, deindustrialized communities, public health impacts, vacant land, abandoned property
Research interests: Improvisation, applied improvisation, applied theatre, phenomenology, symbolic interactionism, community engagement
Research interest: Donor conceived persons
Research interests: Diversity in STEM/technology, leadership decision-making
Research interest: Corporate social responsibility
Research interest: Restorative art therapy engagement
Research interest: Hiring practices in nonprofits for executive leadership
Research Interest: Fair, free transit
Research interest: Sustained volunteerism in Pittsburgh
Selected Student Conference Presentations
- LaWana Butler: “Community Impact,” Healthy Start Board, Metro Community Health Center Board, WQED Advisory Committee, Center for Urban Biblical Ministry Board.
- Ryan Cummings, Tammy Washington and Melissa Rossiter: “Recommendations for Equitable Urban Redevelopment Without Resulting in Gentrification,” Engaged Scholarship Consortium.
- Rikell Ford: “Creating Safe Spaces: Empowering Others to Use Their Voice,” TCOM.
- Olivia Hartle:
- “Improvisation, Pedagogy and Education: Comedic Improvisation as a Pedagogy for Civic Engagement,” Global Improvisation Initiative Symposium.
- “Improvisation as a Pedagogy for Community Engagement,” Engagement Scholarship Consortium.
- Patrick Maher: “Diversity Issues in the STEM Labor Market,” Point Park University Graduate Student Conference.
- Brittany McDonald: “Establishing Cultural and Racial Diversity in Student Leadership as the Standard: A Call to Transformation,” NCORE 2018.
- Veronika Panagiotou:
- "Inspiring Socially Responsible Students with Human Centered Design Thinking to Support Solutions,” Association of American Colleges and Universities, Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference.
- “The Pittsburgh Social Lab: An Experiment in Innovative Social Change,” Engagement Scholarship Consortium Annual Conference.
- Kendra Ross:
- "When and Where We Gather: The (Un)Certain Future of Womanism," Roundtable Participant, National Women's Studies Association.
- "Freedom Dreams: A Black Feminist Exploration of Cultural Work in the Hill District of Pittsburgh," Presenter, Association for the Study of African American Life and History.