Dissertation Archive

  • Doctor of Philosophy in  Composition and TESOL program (now the Composition and Applied Linguistics program)


    Alqadoumi, Omar. (2012). E-Tutoring and the Academic ESL Writer. [Dissertation Advisor: Gian Pagnucci]

    Burke, Brian. (2012). Using Comic Books and Graphic Novels to Improve and Facilitate Community College Students' Literacy. [Dissertation Advisor: Gian Pagnucci]

    Chamcharatsri, Pisarn. (2012). Emotionality and Composition in Thai and in English. [Dissertation Advisor: David Hanauer]

    Gatto, Roseanne. (2012). Composition and Rhetoric. [Dissertation Advisor: Claude Hurlbert]

    Grant, Abigail. (2012). Distinguishing Online and Face-to-Face Learning; Acquisition, Learning, and Online Pedagogy. [Dissertation Advisor: Patrick Bizzaro]

    Guelcher, John. (2012). Reflection-on-Juncture Within Composition: The Promise of Transfer. [Dissertation Advisor: Gian Pagnucci]

    Harley, Diane. (2012). Doing a School Literacy Information Project in a South Africa Context. [Dissertation Advisor: Resa Bizzaro]

    Justice, Clifton. (2012). Coming Out in Composition: The Relationship Between Gay disclosure Practices and the field's Discourse. [Dissertation Advisor: Ben Rafoth]

    Klompien, Kathleen. (2012). Truth to Power: Composition and Activism in the Age of Excellence. [Dissertation Advisor: Claude Hurlbert]

    Lei, Ruo-Wan. (2012). A Case Study of a Taiwanese Teacher's Group Exploring Narrative Pedagogy. [Dissertation Advisor: Gian Pagnucci]

    Nicolas, Corinne. (2012). Understanding Students' use of Sources in Research Writing through an Epistemological Lens. [Dissertation Advisor: Ben Rafoth]

    Park, Seung Ku. (2012). Adult Korean ESL Learners' Imbalance of Pragmatic Competences and the Relationship b/t English Teaching Experience and Metapragmatic Awareness. [Dissertation Advisor: Gloria Park]

    Power, Karen. (2012). A Social History of Second Language Writing: First Generation L2 Composition Scholars in the Process Era. [Dissertation Advisor: Dan Tannacito]

    Quinn, Julie. (2012). Where does Writing End? Academic Writing as "Artifact". [Dissertation Advisor: Claude Hurlbert]

    Reilly, John. (2012). Mutuality Overcomes Student Resistance. [Dissertation Advisor: Patrick Bizzaro]

    Rudd, LeAnn. (2012). Leavings, Returnings, and the Explanations in Between: Students' Stories of Withdrawing from Freshman Composition. [Dissertation Advisor: Claude Hurlbert]

    Sarver, Whitney. (2012). "Doing School" Right: How University Students from Diverse Backgrounds Construct their Academic Literacies and Academic Identities. [Dissertation Advisor: Gloria Park]

    Sikorski-Julier, April. (2012). Rhetorical Responding and Grading: A Case Study of Best Practices in "Instructive Evaluation". [Dissertation Advisor: Michael M Williamson]

    Slick, Joseph. (2012). Speaking their hearts through academic second language: ESL language achievement and social emotional learning. [Dissertation Advisor: Patrick Bizzaro]

    Sukasem, Ngarmnij. (2012). Online Literacy Practice: Blogs and Authorship in Thai Learnes of English. [Dissertation Advisor: Jeannine Fontaine]

    Wang, Lan. (2012). Behind the Curtain: A Critical View of Theory and Practice of Tutoring English Language Learners at University Writing Centers. [Dissertation Advisor: Dan Tannacito]

    Wester, Jason. (2012). Private Writing, Public Classrooms: the Personal Journal in English Composition. [Dissertation Advisor: Michael M Williamson]

    Yeh, Shu Fen. (2012). A qualitative study of Taiwanese students' Academic Writing Practices and positioning in North American Universities. [Dissertation Advisor: Jeannine Fontaine]


    Ashour, Ibrahim. (2011). The EFL Enterprise in Syria: An Examination of Teachers’ and Inspectors’ Interactive Relationships, Beliefs, and Attitudes. [Dissertation Advisor: Patrick Bizzaro]

    Chambers, Leah. (2011). Defining Place, Understanding Race: A Discussion of Student and Community Members' Perception of Life in a Small town. [Dissertation Advisor: Ben Rafoth]

    Cheng, Shu-Fen. (2011). A Historical Analysis of English and Chinese Sections of Joint College Entrance Examinations in Taiwan. [Dissertation Advisor: Jeannine Fontaine]

    Duncan, Elizabeth. (2011). Mail Order Brides: a Narrative Inquiry Profiling the Lives of Five Female Second Language Learners and their Acquisition of the English Language. [Dissertation Advisor: Dan Tannacito]

    Getchell, Kristen. (2011). Examining Student Feedback in Assessment: Validating a Writing Placement Program. [Dissertation Advisor: Michael M Williamson]

    Goertel, Rachel. (2011). An Examination of Six Nonative College English Speaking Students' Ordinary Conversations with Native English Speakers and other Nonnative English Speakers: The Pragmatic Use of English Discourse Markers. [Dissertation Advisor: Dan Tannacito]

    Golden, David. (2011). Students and Teachers' Perceptions of "Community" in Online College Composition. Dissertation Advisor: Gian Pagnucci]

    Haggerty, Jessica. (2011). Mentoring Relationships and Student Empowerment: A Phenomenological Study of Four Women's Experiences. [Dissertation Advisor: Gloria Park]

    Hassan, Mai. (2011). Unheard Voices: Narratives of Developing TESOL Professionals in a Graduate Discourse Community. [Dissertation Advisor: Jeannine Fontaine]

    House, Brent. (2011). The Muses on the Mountains: Mentoring Relationships Among Creative Writers. [Dissertation Advisor: Patrick Bizzaro]

    Huster, Kimberli. (2011). Language Journeys of Hmong Generation 1.5 Women. [Dissertation Advisor: Dan Tannacito]

    Kazakbaeva, Roza. (2011). The Role of the English language in Kyreyz Immigrants' Acculturation Processes in the United States. [Dissertation Advisor: Nancy Hayward]

    Kim, So Yeon. (2011). Dynamics Under the Silence: Exploration of Various Negotiations of One Korean Writing Teacher and His Students. [Dissertation Advisor: Jeannine Fontaine]

    Lederman, Josh. (2011). Applying Current Validity Theory to College Writing Assessment. [Dissertation Advisor: Michael M Williamson]

    Lee, Sarah Henderson. (2011). Claiming Their Right to Write: Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Learners. [Dissertation Advisor: Gloria Park]

    Littleton, Chad. (2011). The Role of Feedback in Two Fanfiction Writing communities. [Dissertation Advisor: Ben Rafoth]

    Messekher, Hayet. (2011). Voices of Pedagogy, Positionality, and Power: A Narrative Inquiry of Algerian Graduate Students at American Universities. [Dissertation Advisor: Gloria Park]

    Natiladdanon, Korakote. (2011). Genre Awareness Among Thai EFL Readers and Writers: A Qualitative Study. [Dissertation Advisor: Jeannine Fontaine]

    Payne, Cynthia. (2011). Passionate Purpose in Non-Academic Writing--Implications for the College Writing Classroom. [Dissertation Advisor: Patrick Bizzaro]

    Roliston, Lou. (2011). African American Female Literacy Identity: Languages Culture and Power. [Dissertation Advisor: Ben Rafoth]

    Sadek, Nehal. (2011). A Hybrid Dynamic Assessment (HDA) Model of Essay Writing by English Language Learners (ELI): An Exploratory Qualitative Study. [Dissertation Advisor: Dan Tannacito]

    Senese, Marcelene. (2011). Women in the Writing Center: Gender and Language Intersections. [Dissertation Advisor: Ben Rafoth]

    Stanko, Sandra. (2011). Negotiating the Chasm: the Function of Writing in Managing Maternal-Professional Roles, Responsibilities, and Identities. [Dissertation Advisor: Jeannine Fontaine]

    Wells, Jennifer. (2011). Millennials Strike Back: Transitions from High School Reading and Writing to College Reading and Writing. [Dissertation Advisor: Ben Rafoth]

    Wetzl, Ana. (2011). When WE (World Englishes) get invited to the composition course: A study of American students' perception of WE Writing. [Dissertation Advisor: David Hanauer]


    Amer, Mahmoud. (2010). Film in Composition: Developing Critical Thinking Skills Through the Study of Film in First-Year Composition. [Dissertation Advisor: Dan Tannacito]

    DePolo, Jason. (2010). Discursive Transformation and the Reconstruction of Identity: A Critical Discourse Analysis of African American Student Texts. [Dissertation Advisor: Dan Tannacito]

    Diamond, Joel. (2010). The Identity, Second Language, and the Classroom Dynamic: Participant Observation in a Beginning Korean as a Second Language Classroom. [Dissertation Advisor: Jeannine Fontaine]

    Fels, Dawn. (2010). The Vernacular Architecture of Composition Instruction: What the Voices of Writing Center Tutors Reveal about the Influences of Standardized Instruction and Assessment. [Dissertation Advisor: Ben Rafoth]

    Ganda Nabi, Mahamadou. (2010). Teacher Professional Development: The Needs of TESOL Teachers in the Republic of Niger. [Dissertation Advisor: Gian Pagnucci]

    Glicker, Eric. (2010). The Student Writer as Blogger: A Longitudinal Case Study of a Blogger’s Critical Narrative Events. [Dissertation Advisor: Gian Pagnucci]

    Goldberg, Amanda. (2010). Stolen Voices: Literacy, Identity, and Acculturation of Resettled Somali-Bantu Refugees. [Dissertation Advisor: Dan Tannacito]

    Ismail, Soliman. (2010). Arabic and English Persuasive Writing of Arabs from a Contrastive Rhetoric Perspective. [Dissertation Advisor: Michael M Williamson]

    Lapidus, Alexander. (2010). L2 Cultural Negotiation and Visual Literacy: A Multilingual Perspective. [Dissertation Advisor: David Hanauer]

    Liu, Pei-Hsun. (2010). White Prestige Ideology, Identity, and Investment: ESL Composition Class as a Site of Resistance and Accommodation for Taiwanese Students. [Dissertation Advisor: Dan Tannacito]

    Miller, K. (2010). Stranger than Fiction: A Study of Student Perceptions of Writer’s Block and Film in the Composition Classroom. [Dissertation Advisor: Gian Pagnucci]

    Sams, Deborah. (2010). An Analysis of Leadership Beliefs and Practices of 25 TESOL Leaders. [Dissertation Advisor: Nancy Hayward]

    Santos-Bamba, Sharleen. (2010). The Literate Lives of Chamorro Women in Modern Guam. [Dissertation Advisor: Nancy Hayward]

    Stevenson, Heidi. (2010). Finding our Places, Defining our Places: Service Learning and Ecocomposition in the First-Year Composition Classroom. [Dissertation Advisor: Claude Hurlbert]

    Worajittipol, Kandanai. (2010). Online Interaction Between Thai EFL Learners and English Speaking Chat Partners: An Exploration of Negotiation for Meaning and Development Relationships. [Dissertation Advisor: Jeannine Fontaine]

    Zacharias, Nugrahenny. (2010). The Evolving Teacher Identities of 12 South/East Asian Teachers in US Graduate Programs. [Dissertation Advisor: Nancy Hayward]


    Al-Momani, Husam .(2009). Caught Between Two-Cultures: The Realization of Requests by Jordanian EFL Learners.[Dissertation Advisor: Dan Tannacito]

    Bouman, Kurt. (2009). A Phenomenological Investigation of College Students’ Construction and Representation of Plagiarism. [Dissertation Advisor: Ben Rafoth]

    Costanzo, Ryan. (2009) .The Function and Use of the Textbook in an Undergraduate Nursing Program. [Dissertation Advisor: Nancy Hayward]

    DiGregorio, Daniela. (2009). The Phenomenon of International Adoption with a Focus on Second Language Acquisition: A Case Study of Internationally Adopted Children and Adolescents from Russia. [Dissertation Advisor: Nancy Hayward]

    DiPaula, Lauren. (2009). A Chaotic Companion: Writers and Writing with Bipolar Disorder. [Dissertation Advisor: Gian Pagnucci]

    He, Jiajia. (2009). Applying Contemporary Western Composition Pedagogical Approaches in University EFL Writing Context: A Case Study of a Writing Workshop at a Chinese University. [Dissertation Advisor: Jeannine Fontaine]

    Hendrix, Ellen. (2009). “A Long Row to Hoe”: Life and Learning for First-Generation College Students in the 21st Century Rural South. [Dissertation Advisor: Ben Rafoth]

    Huang, Yi-Wen. (2009). Listening to Their Voices: An In-depth Study of Language Anxiety and Cultural Adjustment Among Taiwanese Graduate Students in the United States. [Dissertation Advisor: Jeannine Fontaine]

    Lei, Jiun-lung. (2009). An Investigation of the Effects of Discourse Types of Taiwanese College Students’ Reading Strategy Use. [Dissertation Advisor: Jeannine Fontaine]

    Lynch-Biniek, Amy. (2009). Refiguring Composition through Theory. [Dissertation Advisor: Claude Hurlbert]

    McCaffrey, Kelly. (2009). The Role and Representation of Technology in Composition Handbooks. [Dissertation Advisor: Michael M Williamson]

    Methitham, Phongsakorn. (2009). An Exploration of Culturally-Based Assumptions Guiding ELT Practice in Thailand, a Non-colonized Nation. [Dissertation Advisor: Jeannine Fontaine]

    Minett, Amy. (2009). Reproduction, Resistance, and Supranational Language Management: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Role of Soros-Funded English Language Programs in the Building of Open Societies. [Dissertation Advisor: Dan Tannacito]

    Ninacs, Michele. (2009). Crossing Over to the Multimodal Side: A Study of the Consensus Building Strategies Employed by Miami University in Support of a Multimodal First-Year Writing Curriculum. [Dissertation Advisor: Michael M Williamson]

    Osailan, Ghassan. (2009). The English Literacy Experiences of Advanced Saudi EFL Professionals in the United States. [Dissertation Advisor: Jeannine Fontaine]

    Peterson, Heather. (2009). Literacy Practices and Identity in Slavic Immigrant Congregation: An Ethnographic Study. [Dissertation Advisor: David Hanauer]

    Pierce, Janet. (2009). A Co-Construction of Space Trilogy- Examining how ESL Teachers, English Language Learners, and Classroom Designs Interact. [Dissertation Advisor: Dan Tannacito]

    Romanelli, Marie. (2009). Exploring the Culture and Cognition of Outsider Literacy Practices in Adult Readers of Graphic Novels. [Dissertation Advisor: Ben Rafoth]

    Stewart, Marjorie. (2009). Fear and Loathing in the English Department: The Strange and Terrible Saga of Composition and Creative Writing. [Dissertation Advisor: Gian Pagnucci]

    Wang, Shu-Chuan. (2009). A Qualitative Study of English as a Foreign Language Learning (EFL) by Rural Taiwanese Students with Christian Native-English-Speaking Teachers. [Dissertation Advisor: Jeannine Fontaine]


    Miller, Patricia L. (2005). Ecological Interaction in ESL Writing: Perceiving and Acting on Affordances for Self-regulation in Discourse and Grammar. [Dissertation Advisor: Dan J Tannacito]


    Hector-Mason, Anestine E. (2004). Cultural Processes and Cultural Learning Experiences: How Hispanic ESL Adults Adjust to Life in a Small Central Texas Town. [Dissertation Advisor: Jerry G Gebhard]

    Koch, Robert T. (2004). Articulating a Moo-Integrated Writing Pedagogy. [Dissertation Advisor: Michael M Williamson]

    Lanteigne, Betty Fay. (2004). Task Descriptions of Non-Western English Language Use with Cross-Cultural Evaluations and discussions of Language Choice. [Dissertation Advisor: Michael M Williamson]

    Ozbilgin, Alev .(2004). Turkish and English Literacy in an English Medium University in Turkey: A Qualitative Study. [Dissertation Advisor: Dan J Tannacito]

    Sterling-Deer, Carolyn. (2004). Liberating Silent Voices: Socio-Linguistic Expressions of Identity in Dominican Female Second Language Learners' Online Communication. [Dissertation Advisor: Bennett A Rafoth]

    Wallace, Robert M. (2004). This Wild Strange Place: Local Narratives of Literacy Use in Appalachian Families Over Three Generations. [Dissertation Advisor: Gian Pagnucci]