Alumni Research

An alumnus looks through books on library shelves

Alumni is an important network to make IISE’s research pragmatic in application. Alumni from inside and outside of the United States have provided IISE with new ideas in launching research projects as well as in reaching potential grant sources for research.

Theses and Dissertations in International Education and/or by International Students

2020

Administrative and Policy Studies

  • Arigye, Eugene / A (2020, defense 2017) The Abstinence, Being Faithful and Condom Use (ABC) Strategy in Uganda: The Role of Pre- and In-service Teacher Training Institutions. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/38807/.
  • Gokbel, Veysel (2020, defense 2017) Internationalization of Faculty in Research and Faculty Research Productivity: Evidence from Brazil and China. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/38762/.
  • Nurshatayeva, Aizat (2020, defense 2020) Essays in Higher Education. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/38338/.

Instruction and Learning

  • Abarca Millán, Erika (2020, defense 2020) Equitable Access to Higher Education in Chile: An Analysis of Special-access Students’ Reported Experiences at University. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. epa8@pitt.eduhttp://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/38706/.

2019

Administrative and Policy Studies

  • Cerilli, Jaime Rakow (2019, defense 2018) Motivation, Implementation and Outcomes of a Cross-border Education Partnership: A Case Study of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Nazarbayev University. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/35896/.
  • Digbohou, Tchetchet (2019, defense 2019) From Expectations to Reality: Examining International Students’ Perception of Support Services at The University of Pittsburgh. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/38032/.
  • Hiles, Jessica Beblo (2019, defense 2018) Teacher Learning Through the Dialogic Space of a Lesson Study Cycle. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/35943/.
  • Karnes, Anna-Maria (2019, defense 2019) Tenacious Ethiopian Women and Their Rise to Educational Success. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/37991/.
  • Laichak, Amanda J. (2019, defense 2018) Pre-Service Teachers in Costa Rica: Developing Relationships with Diverse Learners and Building Cultural Responsiveness Through an International Field Experience. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/35948/.
  • Matychak, J.P. (2019, defense 2019) Surveying the Strategic Planning Landscape at US Business Schools: A Comparison of Traditional and ‘Agile-Infused’ Approaches. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/36707/.
  • McKeehen, Misti (2019, defense 2019) Program Evaluation of the Alternative Break Pre-Curriculum with the Office of PittServes. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh.  http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/37601/.
  • Song, Meiyi (2019, defense 2019) Learning Online for Teaching Online: A Formative Program Evaluation of a Hybrid Faculty Training Program. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/36969/.
  • Sundusiyah, Anis (2019, defense 2019) Language Policy Rationales, Appropriation and Debates: A case of English as Medium of Instruction in Indonesia’s International-Standard Schools. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/38038/.
  • Xiong, Weiyan (2019, defense 2018) A Comparative Study of Ethnic Minority-Serving Higher Education Institutions in the United States and China. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/35892/.
  • Zhang, Yuan (2019, defense 2018) Engagement, Instruction, and Professional Development: Insights from International Large-Scale Survey and Assessment Study. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/35922/.

Instruction and Learning

  • Rissling, Karen (2019, defense 2019) The Perceptions of High School Students from Refugee, Immigrant, and Visiting Professional Families about Their School Experiences in Pittsburgh. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. kar175@pitt.eduhttp://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/37367/.

2018

Administrative and Policy Studies

  • Ferrier Heryford, Michele (2018, defense 2018) Liminality, Trust, and The Significance of Female Peer-to-Peer Relationships in the Workplace: A Narrative Interpretation of the Six Sisters Consortium. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/35277/.   
  • Key, Shawntia L. (2018, defense 2018) Black American Undergraduates Studying Abroad: What are their Intentions and Behaviors? Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/35143/.
  • Moersch, Elise (2018, defense 2018) An Inquiry In To Chinese Alumni Attitudes Towards Their University of Pittsburgh Experience. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/35125/.
  • Sheeler, Natalie (2018, defense 2017) Music Classrooms and the Forces that Shape Them: Investigating Chinese & U.S. Secondary General Music Teaching. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/33753/.
  • Wagner, Sarah (2018, defense 2018) How a Wrap-Around, Cohort Model Supports Underrepresented, First-Time Women Travelers in the Development of their Global Perspectives. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/35378/.
  • Ye, Huiyuan (2018, defense 2017) Analyzing Disruptive Innovation in U.S. Liberal Arts Higher Education Institutions. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/33664/.

Instruction and Learning

  • Budovalcev Konitzer, Jasmina (2018, defense 2018) Promoting Global Competence Among High School Students. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. majab@pitt.eduhttp://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/35356/.
  • Gomez-Pereira, Diana (2018, defense 2018) Developing Academic Writing and Cultural Identity for Spanish Heritage Language Learners (HLLS) through Writing Texts in Spanish. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. dpg21@pitt.eduhttp://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/35279/.
  • Toliver, Ashleigh (2018, defense 2018) Case Study of a Teacher’s Instructional Interactions with English Language Learners in Support of Their Literacy Development. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. ant95@pitt.eduhttp://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/35153/
  • Wegrzecka-Kowalewski, Eva (2018, defense 2018) Critical Thinking in Intensive Language Programs for International Students in U.S. Universities. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. evw7@pitt.edu. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/35367/.
  • Wei, Ju-Chun (2018, defense 2018) The Impact of Explicit Vocabulary Instruction on L2 Advanced Chinese Learners’ Vocabulary Retention. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. juchun@pitt.eduhttp://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/35222/

2017

Administrative and Policy Studies

  • Greene, William Brian (2017, defense 2017) Case Study of Chinese Undergraduate Nursing Students on an Exchange Program at the University of Pittsburgh: Lessons about Program Participation and Satisfaction. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/32539/.
  • Kacenga, George (2017, defense 2017) Globalization of Foreign Academic Credential Placement Recommendations for Graduate Study in the United States, 1932-2015. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/31826/.
  • Nagashima, Julie (2017, defense 2016) The Meaning of Relationships for Student Agency in Soka Education: Exploring the Lived Experiences and Application of Daisaku Ikeda's Value-Creating Philosophy through Narrative Inquiry. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/30637/.
  • Zhang, Ya (2017, defense 2017) Detection of Latent Differential Item Functioning (DIF) using Mixture 2PL IRT Model with Covariate. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/33233/.

Instruction and Learning

2016

Administrative and Policy Studies

  • English, Rachael A. (2016, defense 2015) Study Abroad in Africa: Understanding Student Motivation in order to Increase Enrollment. Master’s Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/26727/.
  • Hou, Ya-Wen (2016, defense 2016) Toward World-class Universities: Administrators’ Perceptions Related to Developing Dynamic Capabilities of Targeted Taiwanese Universities. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/26691/.
  • Lynn, Brice Everett (2016, defense 2016) Culture Isn’t Cutting It: Creating Study Abroad Marketing That Appeals to Men. Master’s Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/27977/.
  • Okhidoi, Otgonjargal (2016, defense 2016) Equity in Higher Education: Socioeconomic Status and its Effect on Access to Higher Education in Post-socialist Mongolia. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/27875/.
  • Rattananuntapat, Malinee (2016, defense 2015) Quality Assurance Policies in Thai Higher Education. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/26482/.
  • Tarasi, Philip (2016, defense 2016) An Exploration of the Experiences of LGBTQ International Students: The Case of the University of Pittsburgh. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/30632/.
  • Whitman, Kara Denise (2016) Where do Humanitarians Connect to Find Data? A Study of Accessibility in Online Information about Adult Refugees in Emergency Education. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/28047/.

2015

Administrative and Policy Studies

  • Gao, Shang (2015, defense 2014) The Measurement of Tertiary Education Quality in Indonesia through the Education Production Function Model and Policy Recommendations for Quality Improvement. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. ttp://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/24173/.
  • Gandhi, Pooja (2015, defense 2014) Elements related to attrition of women faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine: A Case Study. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/23812/.
  • Kamolpun, Somkiat (2015, defense 2015) The Impact of ASEAN Economic Integration on the Thai Higher Education Policy and Plan. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/26032/.
  • Kondo, Chiharu (2015, defense 2015) Early childhood development (ECD) programs as protective environments for children in emergencies: A case of daycare centers in Iwate, Japan during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/23669/.
  • Oh, Yejin (2015, defense 2014) Korean University Students’ Perceptions of Accountability in Higher Education. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/23993/.

Instruction and Learning

  • Cunningham, Heather B. (2015, defense 2015) Developing Intercultural Competence among Pre-Service Teachers through International Student Teaching. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. HLB34@pitt.eduhttp://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/26020/.
  • Waly, Salma (2015, defense 2015) Planting the Seeds of Change: Examining the Role of a Civic Organization in Teaching Youth about citizenship in Post-Revolutionary Egypt. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. sgm24@pitt.eduhttp://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/25077/.

2014

Administrative and Policy Studies

  • Cozzolino, Marzia (2014, defense 2014) Global Education, Accountability, and 21st Century Skills: A Case of Curriculum Innovation. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/22137/.
  • Qi, Min M. (2014, defense 2014) Balance in Eastern and Western Conceptions of Leadership in the Context of Internationalization of Higher Education: From the Philosophical Perspective of Wholeness. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/23367/.
  • Song, Yuchi (2014, defense 2014) The Policy Development of Disaster Management and Education in China—The Comparison between Policy Expectation and Actual Implementation in Earthquake Preparation Demonstration Schools. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/21332/.
  • Verma, Sugandha (2014, defense 2013) Standards Based Practices of Online Teacher Professional Development. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/20324/.

Instruction and Learning

  • Chanyoo, Natthapong (2014, defense 2013) A Corpus-based Study of Connectors and Thematic Progression in the Academic Writing of Thai EFL Students. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. oahartsmahidol@gmail.comhttp://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/20284/.
  • Haselkorn, Jessica (2014, defense 2014) An Investigation of Pre-Service Social Studies Teachers' Beliefs about Global Education: Evidence from Personal Narratives of Learning and Teaching. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. haselkorn.jessica@gmail.comhttp://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/22758/.
  • Herazo, Jose D. (2014, defense 2014) Second language (L2) development as concept-mediated textual activity: Exploring the role of functional language concepts in classroom L2 communication and learning. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. jherazo4@gmail.comhttp://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/20998/.

2013

Administrative and Policy Studies

Instruction and Learning

2012

Administrative and Policy Studies

Instruction and Learning

  • Kabashi, Lema (2012, defense 2012) The Efficacy of Video Self-modeling for Promoting Social Initiation Skills for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to Peers. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. lek43@pitt.eduhttp://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/13811/.

2011

Administrative and Policy Studies

Instruction and Learning

  • Hall, Virginia (2011, defense 2011) The Representation of Other Cultures in Award-winning Picturebooks from the United States, Australia, and Great Britain (1960-2009). Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. vhj1@pitt.eduhttp://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/7387/.

2010

Administrative and Policy Studies

Instruction and Learning

2009

Instruction and Learning

2008

Administrative and Policy Studies

Instruction and Learning

2007

Administrative and Policy Studies

  • Narcisse, Sito Jacky (2007, defense 2007) Local and Global Capacity Building for a Sustainable School Community Partnership: Implications for Policy and Practice. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. sjn5@pitt.edu. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/6720/.
  • Popa, Simona M. (2007, defense 2007) Defensible Spaces: Ideologies of Professionalism and Teachers’ Work in the Romanian Private Tutoring System. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. simo.maria@yahoo.com. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/7487/.
  • Subroto, Purwanto (2007, defense 2007) Financing Education Sector Under the Current Decentralized System in Indonesia: Disparities in Education Expenditures per Student at Public Junior Secondary Schools. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. purs1@hotmail.com. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/8317/.

Instruction and Learning

2006

Administrative and Policy Studies

  • Anyango-Kivuva, Leonora (2006, defense 2006) The Forgotten Poor: Problematizing Policies of Children’s Work and Schooling in Kenya. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. lakivuva@hotmail.com. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/9105/.
  • Anzoise, Esteban (2006, defense 2005) The Senior Administrators and Department Chairs' Perspective of the Accreditation Process in Schools of Engineering - The Case of the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional in the Argentine Republic. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. estebananzoise@hotmail.com. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/6281/.
  • Masuhama, Makiko (2006, defense 2006) Macro Analysis of Child Labor and School Enrollment. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. makikomasuhama@gmail.com. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/7418/.
  • Matambanadzo, Annamore Masiiwa (2006, defense 2005) Fostering Communities of Practice for Women in Educational Leadership in Western Pennsylvania: A Case Study of their Perceptions of the Jean E. Winsand International Institute. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. ammst101@pitt.edu. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/7710/.
  • Schwietz, Michele S. (2006, defense 2006) Internationalization of the Academic Profession: An Exploratory Study of Faculty Attitudes, Beliefs and Involvement at Public Universities in Pennsylvania. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. micheles@iup.edu. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/7216/.
  • Yoder, Brian Lynn (2006, defense 2006) Globalization of Higher Education in Eight Chinese Universities: Incorporation of and Strategic Responses to World culture. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. brianlyoder@gmail.com. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/9177/.
  • Zaman, Husam (2006, defense 2006) Teachers’ Perceptions of Citizenship and Citizenship Education: A Comparative Study. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. haz6@pitt.edu. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/7352/.

Instruction and Learning

  • An, Kun (2006, defense 2006) An Investigation of Error Correction in the Zone of Proximal Development: Oral Interaction with Beginning Learners of Chinese as a Foreign Language. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. ankun@princeton.eduhttp://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/7099/.

2005

Administrative and Policy Studies

Instruction and Learning

2004

Administrative and Policy Studies

  • Kee, Geok Hwa (2004, defense 2004) Being non-Bumiputera: Ethnic Chinese Youths’ Modes of Resistance and Identity Formation: An Ethnographic Study of the Impact of the National Language Act and Quota System Policy at a Malaysian National Secondary School. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. ciksunny@yahoo.com. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/10087/.
  • Tellez, Francisco (2004, defense 2004) Instrumental Use of Information in the Design of the Chilean Secondary Education Reform. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. fjtst3@pitt.edu. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/9981/.

Instruction and Learning

  • Seraye, Abdullah M (2004, defense 2004) The Role of Short Vowels and Context in the Reading of Arabic, Comprehension and Word Recognition of Highly Skilled Readers. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. seraye@hotmail.comhttp://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/9821/.