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Pictured above is 2017 doctoral graduate Cheryl Hall-Russell, president and chief cultural consultant of Black Women, Wise Women.

Our Doctoral Graduates Are Leaders in Their Fields

Graduates of the Ed.D. in leadership and administration program at Point Park University are leaders in the organizations in which they work.

Since launching in the fall of 2014, the University's Ed.D. program has produced the following graduates. Below are their names, the positions held when they graduated and their dissertation titles.

July 2018 Graduates

  • Nicole Bezila, director of pupil services, North Hills School District, "The Impacts of Co-Teaching on 7th Grade Math Achievement"
  • Terrance Davis, reverend, Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ, "Deterring the School-to-Prison Pipeline:  An Examination into Principals’ Perceptions of Restorative Practices"
  • Christie Lewis, professional development, student teaching and field placement coordinator, Chatham University, "The Lived Educational Experiences of Multiracial College Graduates that Grew Up In Poverty"
  • Dayna Sikora, educational specialist II, Belle Vernon Area School District, "A Qualitative Study of Teachers’ Perceptions of the Curriculum Development Process"
  • Charles Youngs, educational consultant and English and communications teacher, curriculum facilitator and instructional technology coach, Bethel Park School District, "Organizational Mindfulness and Mindful Organizing in Effective High Schools: A Mixed-Methods Study of Department Leaders' Perceptions"

June 2018 Graduates

  • Jennifer Godzak, elementary principal, Belle Vernon Area School District, "K-2 Teachers’ Perceptions about Utilizing Assessment Data to Support Reading Development"
  • Shannon Howard, assistant principal, Shaler Area Middle School, "Higher Education Faculty’s Perceptions of Program Assessment of Student Learning"
  • Yarra Howze, principal, Allegheny Traditional Academy 6-8, Pittsburgh Public Schools, "The Social, Academic, and Professional Coping Techniques of African-American Male Executives in Education"
  • Kimberly Katruska, assistant prop master, Pittsburgh Playhouse, "Effects on Employee Professional Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue: A Case Study Investigation of the Sanctuary Model of Trauma-Informed Care"
  • Channing Moreland, clinical manager Wesley Family Services, "The Lived Leadership Experiences of Black Women Professionals:  A Phenomenological Qualitative Study of the Intersectionality of Race and Gender"
  • Lisa Ann Pickett, English department chair, Pittsburgh School for the Creative and Performing Arts, "Race-Based Trauma, Secondary Education Interventions and African American Youth"
  • LouAnn Ross, executive director, Jeremiah's Place, "Examining Leadership Opportunities in Selected Sectors for Underrepresented Populations"
  • Michael Silvio, senior revenue management analyst, FedEx Services, "Authentic Leadership and Employee Retention"
  • Beth Williams, principal, North Hills High School, "Factors that Influence a Superintendent’s Emotional Intelligence"

March/April 2018 Graduates

  • Briane Adams, assistant principal, McKeesport Area High School, "Evaluating the Racial Disparities of Discipline: A Study of Public School Districts in Allegheny County"
  • Maureen Anderson, activities director, City Charter High School, "Evaluating the Self-Efficacy of Second Career Teachers and Its Possible Effects on Students in Selected Low Socioeconomic Status Public High Schools in Southwestern Pennsylvania"
  • Tyler J. Bowen, vice president, Bald Eagle Shave Company and part-time faculty member, Point Park University, "Coaches as Leaders:  Leading in High-Level Environments"
  • Laura Hartzell, high school principal, South Fayette Township School District, "Teacher-Student Relationships and School Effectiveness"
  • Maleea D. Johnson, manager of membership implementation, ASSET STEM Education, "Increasing Diversity in the Professoriate:  A Qualitative Study of Factors and Practices that Impact Recruitment and Retention"
  • Nora Rezzetano, corporate director of revenue cycle operations training, Allegheny Health Network, "A Comparison of Andragogy, an Adult Learning Theory, and the Transfer of Training Theory:  A Mixed Methods Study in the Workplace"
  • Seth Irwin Ringold, director of transition services, PA Connecting Communities, "General Education Teachers’ Attitudes Regarding Disabilities and Inclusion: Implications for Teacher Education Programs"
  • Leslie Ann Scott, regional human resources director, Pressley Ridge, "Mindfulness and Goal Orientation:  A Quantitative Study Exploring the Relationship Between Mindfulness and Goal Orientation"
  • Deidra Stepko, elementary teacher, Belle Vernon School District, "Teacher and Parent/Guardian Perspectives on Student Retention"
  • Gina DeMarco Wall, ESL supervisor, Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3, "Principals’ Leadership Role in English as a Second Language Programs in Pennsylvania"
  • Stephanie White, English teacher, West Allegheny High School, "Opportunities and Barriers to Female Leadership in Secondary Education:  A Qualitative Analysis"

December 2017 Graduates

  • Mark J. Kudlawiec, superintendent of schools, Chestnut Ridge School District, "What are the Perceptions of Rural School Safety and Violence as Seen Through the Eyes of Superintendents, Principals, Teachers and Students 18 Years of Age or Older?"
  • Cheryl Hall-Russell, president and chief cultural consultant, Black Women, Wise Women – BW3 – Supporting Inclusive Executive Leadership, "Resilience in the Face of Gender and Race Intersectionality: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study of Black Female Executives"
  • Patti Yakshe, president/owner, Pittsburgh Career Institute, "A Comparative Analysis of the Outcomes Between Urban Career Colleges and Urban Community Colleges"

September/October 2017 Graduates

  • Leah Spangler, CEO, The Learning Lamp & Ignite Education Solutions, "Characteristics of Pennsylvania's K-12 Public School-Supporting Foundations: A Mixed Methods Study of the Commonwealth's Education Foundations"
  • Anne Stillwagon, Title 1 Teacher, Frazier School District, "The Exploration of the Balance of the Principal Leadership Styles in Innovative Schools"

June 2017 Graduates

  • Rhonda L. Hall, family services specialist, Pittsburgh Public Schools Early Childhood Education Program, "Parent and Teacher Perceptions: Parental Involvement in Charter Middle Schools"
  • Renee Hurley, director of patient relations, Monongahela Valley Hospital, "The Lived Experience of Emergency Department Nurses and the Phenomenon of Compassion Fatigue"

March 2017 Graduates

  • Kimberly Abel, associate vice president for human resources-professional development services and communications, Carnegie Mellon University, "Where Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence and Title IX Intersect"
  • Michele Capaccio, English teacher, West Mifflin Area High School and Ed.D. cohort coordinator, Point Park University, "The Impact of Personal Media Devices on Undergraduate College Student Classroom Engagement"
  • Aimee Cordero-Davis, part-time instructor, Point Park University, "What Factors Influence Recidivism in Juvenile Court: A Study of Closed Cases of Court Adjudicated Youth"
  • Joey L. Maluchnik, assistant principal, Greensburg Salem High School, "Middle School Programs and Practices: Do the 16 Characteristics Identified by the Association for Middle Level Education Correlate to Student Achievement?"
  • A.L. Smith, doctoral graduate assistant for the Provost's Office and part-time faculty member, Point Park University, "Dimensions of the Glass Ceiling: Understanding Barriers to Career Progression for Mid-Career Female Leaders. A Phenomenological Qualitative Study of Female Leaders in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania."

December 2016 Graduates

  • Michelle Hall, director of curriculum and instruction and elementary principal, Chestnut Ridge School District, "Perceived Self-Efficacy of Teachers Who Receive Discipline-Specific Instruction in Writing Through One-to-One Instructional Coaching – A Case Study"
  • William Henderson, superintendent of schools, Frazier School District, "Superintendent Perceptions of Leadership Performance Roles: A Small School District vs. Large School District Comparison"
  • James Ice, managing director and owner, Jim Ice & Associates | North Star Learning, "A Servant Leader's Impact on Employee Psychological Capital: What is the Relationship of an Employee's Perception of Their Manager's Servant Leader Behaviors on their Reported Psychological Capital?"
  • Trisha Martell, principal, Elizabeth Forward Middle School, "What are the Implementation Characteristics of a Middle School School-Based Mentoring Program? A Descriptive Case Study and Program Evaluation"
  • James McCoy, director, Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy, "Perceived Prior Contextual Experiences and Their Influence on Magnet School Students in the Ninth Grade Transition"
  • Janet Niethamer, reading specialist, Gateway School District, "Challenges and Opportunities in the Acquisition and Use of Honored Multicultural Children's Literature: A Case Study of Community Libraries in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania"
  • Ashley Pile, seventh grade English teacher, Seneca Valley School District, "Characteristics of Seventh Grade Interdisciplinary Teams That Promote Adolescent-Centered Communities"
  • Laurie Tocci, elementary school principal, Hampton Township School District, "Reflections of Instructional Technology Interns on the School-University Internship Experience: An Interpretive Case Study of Pre-Service Teacher Interns"

August 2016 Graduates

  • Amy Miller, elementary principal, Chestnut Ridge School District, “Are Resilient Principals More Committed to Their Work?: A Quantitative Study of Resilience and Work Commitment Among Principals in Pennsylvania"
  • Laura Miller, dean of students and librarian, Forest Hills School District, “Is There a Relationship Between Professional Experience and Perceived Self-Efficacy Characteristics and Heutagogical Practices in Teachers? A Mixed Methods Study of Heutagogical Practices in Pennsylvania Public Schools”
  • Kelly Noyes, program director for K-12 ESL and federal programs, Allegheny Intermediate Unit, “Factors That Influence English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Directors' and Educators' Choice of Program Model or Instructional Approach: A Mixed Methods Study of Pennsylvania Public Schools”