A collection of dissertations from the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program at University of Massachusetts Global.

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Dissertations from 2024

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Personal Power Tactics African American Female Superintendents Employ to Overcome Four Identified Self-Sabotaging Behaviors, Angela Brantley

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Help or Hindrance: Latinx College Graduates’ From STEM Majors Perceptions of University Culture Following Vincent Tinto’s Theoretical Framework of Student Persistence, Carmen Gonzalez and Carmen Lucia Gonzalez

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Life After Emancipation: A Phenomenological Study of Emancipated Foster Youth and Their Lived Experiences, Felecia Gray

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Personal Disruption Strategies Used by Latina Superintendents for Career Advancement, Dina Hernandez

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Movin’ On Up: The Lived Experience of Women of Color in Leadership and the Supports that Helped Them Make it to the Top, Rozina Kapadia

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Crisis Leadership and Management of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services of Western Washington Nonprofit CEOs during the 2020-2022 Coronavirus Pandemic, Carmela A. Koon

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The Use of Personal Disruption Strategies by Female Executives in the Property Management Industry for Career Advancement, LORRI OLIVER

Dissertations from 2023

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Grit and Leadership: How Exemplary Middle School Principals Use the Principles of Grit to Accomplish Extraordinary Results, Gabriela Aldana

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Grounded Roots Research Synthesis: A Meta-Analysis/Meta-Synthesis of Strategies Used by Exemplary Leaders, ROBERT ALLEN

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Championing Equity: Culturally Responsive Leadership Strategies of California Community College EOPS Leaders, Cara Demyra Askew

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Community College Executive Leaders and Emotional Intelligence: A Phenomenological Study Exploring How Community College Executive Leaders Utilize Emotional Intelligence (EI) to Lead Their Organizations, Seblewongel Ayalew

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An Exploration of Hispanic Female Principals’ Career Advancement Through the Lens of Intersectionality, Natalie Baptiste

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How Exemplary Elementary School Principals Establish Common Ground and Produce Breakthrough Results by Using the Six Domains of Conflict Transformational Strategies, Monica Berro

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A Delphi Study of Effective Strategies for Addressing the Most Significant Challenges to Creating Gender-Balanced High School Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways, Jon Black

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Establishing a Student-Centered Culture: A Case Study Identifying Leadership Skills of Exemplary School Principals, Katie Booth

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Professional Development for Classified Managers within the Business Services Departments at California Public School Districts, Juliet Castorena Orozco

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Culturally Responsive Library Leadership in the California Community Colleges, Melanie Aponte Chu

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COVID-19 Pandemic: Lived Experiences of Teachers Supporting Students’ SocialEmotional Learning Needs Upon Returning to Face-To-Face Instruction, Valerie Cover

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Authentic and Unapologetic: Culturally Responsive Leadership Strategies Used by California Community College Senior-Level Leaders of Color, Renee Craig-Marius

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A Phenomenological Study on the Informal Learning Experiences of Female Mid-Level Administrators, Kathryn L. Curameng

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A Delphi Study of Possible, Probable, and Desirable Futures at 4-Year U.S. Higher Education Institutions by 2035, Mary Cutia-Pluff

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Adaptive Leadership During Times of Great Change and Opportunity, Danielle Daubin

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The Mentoring Experiences of Mid-Level Leaders in Higher Education as they Relate to Leadership Development, Adam Ek

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The Art of Leadership in Times of Crisis, A Study on How City Managers Led During the COVID-19 Crisis, Lutfullah Fareedzai

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Adaptive Leadership: A Phenomenological Study on the Strategies Used by Special Education Directors to Build Adaptive Capacity, Amber Gallagher

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How Exemplary Title I Elementary School Principals Lead With an Infinite Mindset, Lindsey Rae Gatfield

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The Transformative Mindset of Middle School Principals on Culture and the Impact of Student Achievement, Christina Gfell

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The Infinite Mindset: A Phenomenological Study of Exemplary Student Affairs Leaders, Kevin Giang

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Exemplary Senior Navy Female Leadership: A Study of How Navy Female Leaders Use the Grit Characteristics Courage, Conscientiousness, Long-Term Goals, Resilience, and Excellence Versus Perfection to Create Extraordinary Results Within Their Organizations, Cache' Hapner

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A Phenomenological Study of How Exemplary Elementary Principals Perceive the Five Practices of the Infinite Mindset Inspire the Achievement of Extraordinary Results, Jeff Heilig

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We Don’t Have to Do All of It Alone: A Phenomenological Study on How Mid-level Leaders in Community Colleges Flourish Through Collaboration and Advocacy, Mackenzie Taylor Klinker Hutchins

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Exploring Grit in Exemplary School Superintendents, Denise Jaramillo

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Leading from the Middle: Culturally Responsive Strategies Utilized by Mid-Level Student Services Leaders within California Community Colleges, Amandeep Kandola

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High Leverage Professional Development Topics that Support the Retention of Special Educators, Meggan Lokken

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Leading with Cultura y Corazón: Culturally Responsive Leadership and Latina Mid-Level Leaders in the California Community Colleges, Gabriela Lopez

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A Delphi Study of Possibilities of Learning by 2035: Identify and Describe the Educational Changes for High Schools in California that are Possible and Probable by 2035 as Perceived by a Panel of Experts, Guillermo Lopez

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Stories from the Trenches: An Ethnographic Study on the Culturally Responsive Leadership Strategies of California Community College Financial Aid Leaders, Marina Martinez

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Homeless Barriers: A Phenomenological Study of Service Providers in Thurston County, Washington State, michael meredith

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A Delphi Study to Determine the Organizational Supports Necessary for Middle School Counselors to be Successful and Positively Influence Student Outcomes, Debbie Monroe

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How Exemplary Directors of Special Education Use the Five Principles Associated with Grit to Accomplish Extraordinary Results: A Phenomenological Study, Maria L. Moore

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Supports and Barriers of the Lived Experience of Hmong Women K-12 Administrators Seeking Advancement in Leadership Positions, May Moua

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Overcoming the Impostor Phenomenon: Exploring the Strategies Special Education Charter School Leaders Used to Cope During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Damaris Ocasio Owens

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The Relationship Between Transformational Leadership and Attachment Theory Among Field Grade Officers in the U.S. Army, Rebecca Ochs

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Phenomenological Study: The Perceived Impact of the Intersectional Barriers Created by Gender and Race on African American Females’ Advancement to a Senior Executive Service Within the Federal Government, Nicole Oliver

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Case Study on increasing the amount of High School EL students college and career ready, Octavio Patino

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The Superintendent Mindset, Marc Patterson

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Exploring the Influence of County Government Collective Bargaining on High-Performance Work Practices, Jay Peno

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How Exemplary Female Executive Leaders in Higher Education Use Five Principles of Grit—Courage, Conscientiousness, Long-Term Goals, Resilience, and Excellence Versus Perfection—to Accomplish Extraordinary Results in Their Organizations, Julie Pettitt

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A Phenomenological Study Exploring Conflict Transformational Strategies Used by Exemplar Student Support Service Leaders in K-12 Public Education to Achieve Common Ground and Breakthrough Results, Amber Ramirez

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Red, White, Blue & Black: A Phenomenological Analysis of the African American Officer Experience of Mentorship in the California Army National Guard, Larry B. Rankin II

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The Dark Side of Leadership: Mid-Level Managers and Their Experience with Hubristic Behaviors of Executives, Leili Sadaghiani

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How Exemplary California Community Colleges Vice Presidents of Student Services Use Conflict Leadership Strategies to Establish Common Ground and Produce Breakthrough Results: A Phenomenological Study, Ieisha Smith

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Planned Happenstance: Career Decision Making and Executive Leaders in the California Community College System, Rita Soultanian

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Leading is Key: A Phenomenological Study on the Impact of Adaptive Leadership During Times of Great Change and Opportunity for On-Site Multifamily Property Managers, Brisa Thompson

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A Phenomenological Study: The Perceived Impact of the Intersectional Barriers created by Gender and Race on African American Female's Advancement to a K-12 Central Office Leadership Position, Mariyon Thompson

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How Exemplary Chief Nurse Executives Utilize the Six Domains of Conflict Transformational Strategies to Establish Common Ground and Produce Breakthrough Results, Michael Thompson

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Personal Disruption Strategies Used by K-12 Female Superintendents for Career Advancement, Tricia Thompson

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The Role of County Offices of Education in Supporting District Superintendent Effectiveness, Carol Tomeo

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The Perception of Army Counselors on the Impact of Emotional Intelligence Training on Army Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership Decision-Making Effectiveness, Geraldine Turituri

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The Lived Experience of Hmong Women in Leadership Roles, Nou Vang

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Parents’ Expectations of Developmentally Delayed Children With Special Education Needs (SEN) When Transitioning Out of Non-Classroom Based Independent Studies Charter High Schools, Yolanda Vazquez

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A Delphi Study of the Strategies Necessary for Successful Improvement of Student Emotional Intelligence within K-8 Public School Classrooms, Megan Ybarra

Dissertations from 2022

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Crisis Leadership of Exemplary Superintendents of Urban Elementary K–8 Districts During the COVID-19 Crisis of 2020, Raymond Andry

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Female African American Deans’ Rise to Success: Navigating and Conquering Self-Sabotaging Behaviors by Taking Back Their Power, Davina Bailey

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How Exemplary Special Education Administrators Lead From the Heart Using Mark Crowley’s Four Principles (Building a Highly Engaged Team, Connecting on a Personal Level, Maximizing Employee Potential, and Valuing and Honoring Achievements) to Accomplish Extraordinary Results in Their Schools, Aimee Barnard

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Overcoming the Imposter Phenomenon: Exploring the Strategies Secondary Educators Used to Cope During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Barbra J.C. Bedwell

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A Study to Identify and Describe the Influence of Political Styles on Latino Officers in Los Angeles County when Attaining the Rank of Captain, German Caballero

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How Exemplary Elementary Principals Lead From the Heart Using Mark Crowley’s Four Principles (Building a Highly Engaged Team, Connecting on a Personal Level, Maximizing Employee Potential, and Valuing and Honoring Achievements) to Accomplish Extraordinary Results in their Schools, Kelly Castillo

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Exemplary Latino School District Superintendents’ Use of Emotional Intelligence as They Lead Their Organizations, Ivan Chaidez

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Meaning Making Within Charter Schools, Kimberly Chastain

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The Phenomenological Study on the Impact of Servant Leadership for Establishing a Culture of High Performance as Perceived by Middle School Principals of Title I Middle Schools, Freddie Chavarria

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A Mixed Methods Study of How High School Principals Build Trust With Staff Using Weisman’s Five Domains of Trust Model, Danielle Clark

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Gatekeeping Experiences Latina Superintendents Encountered as They Attained Their Superintendent Position, Julie Corona

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Latina Superintendents and the Role Cultural Intelligence Plays in Their Leadership: El Líderazgo Inteligente de Superintendente Latinas, Cristina Cortes

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How Exemplary High School Principals Who Utilize Heart-Led Principles Achieve Extraordinary Results, Jeyan Danesh

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Female African American Higher Education Chief Executives: An Explanatory Mixed Methods Study of Their Use of Personal Power to Dismantle Self-Sabotage, La Toya Davis, nee Goodrum

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The Impact of Emotional Intelligence on the Leadership of Chief Human Resources Officers in the California Community Colleges System, Tonya Davis

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How Exemplary Black Women Leaders Use Influence to Achieve Extraordinary Results, Catrena Elliott

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Remote Learning - The Future of Education: Effective Instructional Strategies Used by Parent Educators and Recommendations for Building Capacity, Raelene Ferguson Haugen

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Learning to Fly: The Impact of Project-Based Learning on Development of the 4Cs in the Elementary Grades, Deborah Francois

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Exemplary Practices Which Support Achievement Gaps in Reading and Writing for Hispanic ELL Learners in Title I Twenty-First Century Elementary Schools, Melinda Gonzalez

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Brand and Culture Fusion: How Marketing Directors Lead Brand and Culture Alignment at Private Non-Profit Higher Education Institutions, Erin Hales

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Designing and Delivering K-12 Education Professional Development: A Delphi Study, Christalle Hart

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Music as a Form of Therapy in the K-4 Special Education Classroom: A Phenomenological Study, Roger Hattaway

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A Phenomenological Study to Describe How Exemplary Entrepreneur Women Leaders of Small Business Use Mark Crowley’s Four Heart-Led Principles to Accomplish Extraordinary Results, Stephanie Herrera

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Leading with Heart: How Exemplary K-5 Principals Demonstrate Transformational Leadership Through Heart-Based Practices, Teresa Hubbard

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A Phenomenological Study of Exemplary Corporate Learning and Development Leaders Leading From the Heart, Randa Jad-Moussa

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A Delphi Study of the Most Effective Actions Taken by Rural Superintendents in California to Improve Achievement for English Learners, Diana Jimenez

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The Impact of Academic Advisor Behaviors on Persistence of Pregnant and Single Mothers at 4-Year Nontraditional Universities: A Mixed Methods Study, Kristina King

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Writing Instruction for Multilingual Learners, Leticia Kiwan

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Teacher Leadership: A Delphi Study, Critical Leadership Skills and Personal Dispositions Necessary for Teacher Leaders to Effectively Lead Educational Change Initiatives in TK–12 Public Schools, Jennifer E. Larson

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The Relationship Between Equity Funding Levels and Success of African American Students at California Community Colleges, Yulian Ligioso

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From the Battlefield to the Classroom: An Exploration of Post-9/11 Female Combat Veterans Who Completed Graduate School After Military Service, Arthur Littler III

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A Phenomenological Study on How Exemplary Community College Chief Human Resource Officers Lead From the Heart to Accomplish Extraordinary Results, Angela Love

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Cultural Intelligence Practices Community College Presidents Use to Lead Their Organization, Jennifer Marta

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Gay Male K-12 School Leaders' Self-Sabotaging Behaviors and Their Journey to Reclaiming Their Power: An Explanatory Mixed Methods Study, John McCarthy

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A Study on How U.S. Army Financial Managers Led During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Maya McMahan

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The Impact of Job Satisfaction on Retention and Motivation for Leadership Advancement of the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Millennial Supervisors, Kelvin Medlock

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A Delphi Study of the Skills Necessary for a Speech-Language Pathologist or Occupational Therapist to be Successful in a Leadership Position, Jessica Miller

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Female Assistant Superintendents: Using Personal Power to Overcome Self-Sabotage, Kristen Miller