Doctoral Student Research Symposium

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Doctoral Student Research Symposium

The Research Experience: Passion, Heart and Desire

November 4, 2017, 9 a.m - 1:30 p.m.
Gorman Building Room 212

The Annual Doctoral Student Research Symposium is a celebration of students actively engaged in research at the Dreeben School of Education. The Doctoral Student Association hosts the symposium in conjunction with the Dreeben School of Education.

The primary focus of the Symposium is to current Ph.D. students who have conducted research and scholarly activity independent of a classroom project. Traditionally, the symposium starts with a keynote speaker, followed by  dissertation presentations. Afterwards, selected students present their research. This year’s symposium theme is Research Experience.

A light breakfast will be provided.

For more information, contact Inci Yilmazli Trout at

Dr. Sandra L. Guzman FosterKeynote Speaker

Dr. Sandra L. Guzman Foster
Assistant Professor, Sister Theophane Power Endowed Chair in Education

In this presentation, Dr. Guzman Foster will share how passion, heart, and desire drives her research agenda. She will share how for her, research requires passion (purposeful and meaningful), heart (care about the impact of policies on others) and desire (to be an agent of change). Learn tips on how to create your own journey that defines your own research experience.

Program Agenda

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Dean’s Welcome

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Dr. Sandra L. Guzman Foster, Keynote Speaker
The Research Experience: Passion, Heart and Desire

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.
Dr. Jacquelyn Poplawsky Ortiz, Dissertation Presentation

Learning to Heal: The Impact of a Restorative Justice Program on Crime Victims

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Dr. Cigdem Kocoglu Meek, Dissertation Presentation
Expert Evaluators' Perceptions of Cultural Competence in Evaluation:
Practice, Components, and Development

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.

Dr. Darlene Carbajal, Dissertation Presentation
Spirituality in a Faith-Based Institution: Faculty Experiences of Facilitating the Spiritual Development of Students

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.
11:30 – 11:50 p.m.

Elizabeth Payne
UT Health Pediatric Intern/Nurse Buddy Program

11:50 – 12:10 p.m.

Chao Yi Wang
The Importance of Play Leaders: Facilitating Play in Adventure Playgrounds

12:10 – 12:30 p.m

LeWayne Ballard
Cybersecurity Educational Framework

12:30 – 12:50 p.m.
Reem Alsunaydi
Transformational Leadership and Teachers’ Satisfaction
12:50 - 1:10 p.m.
Marc Gilbert

Cultural Implications of Followership on the African American: A work in progress

 1:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Dr. Denise Staudt, Associate Provost and Dean

Dean’s Award for Best Presentation


Event registration closed.