Featured Dissertations

Doctoral students in the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies are producing top dissertations. These are examples of a few highly distinguished dissertations our learners have developed.

Impacting the World

Learners in the School of Advanced Studies are part of something bigger than themselves. You are among learners who are writing dissertations that can impact organizations, industries, and communities.

Distinguished Dissertations by Year:

2011 Award Recipients

Dissertation of the Year - Best Qualitative:

Award Recipient:  Dr. Kristine Wheeler
Chair:  Dr. Avis Kunz 
Committee Members: Ronald C. Johnson and Dorothy Williams
Dissertation Title:
Word Choice, Sentence Structure, and Tone in E-mails on Shared Message Understanding

Dissertation of the Year - Best Quantitative:

Award Recipient:  Dr. David Eugene House
Chair:
  Dr. Mary Ann Wangemann
Committee Members:
Cheryl Cotton and Alan G. Walker
Dissertation Title:
  Investigating the Ability of an Existing Upward-Feedback Instrument to Predict Employee Intent to Leave

Faculty of the Year:

Award Recipients: Online Group Study Facilitation - Dr. Kenneth Sherman, Residency Facilitation - Dr. Keri Heitner, Dissertation Mentoring - Dr. Richard Schuttler

2010 Award Recipients

Dissertation of the Year - Best Qualitative:

Award Recipient:  Dr. Ramon L. Benedetto
Mentor:
  Dr. Linda S. Wing
Committee Members:
Dr. George J. Graham and Dr. Gail A. Zwart
Dissertation Title:
An Ethnographic Study of Character-Based Culture in a Small Business Setting

Dissertation of the Year - Best Quantitative:

Award Recipient:  Dr. Amanda Peirano
Mentor:
  Dr. Sandra Pepicello Wise
Committee Members:
Dr. Ed Paluch and Dr. Michelle A. Rose
Dissertation Title:
  Spirituality and Quality of Life Among Individuals with Limb Amputation

Faculty of the Year:

Award Recipients:  Online Group Study Facilitation - Dr. Linda Atkinson, Facilitation - Dr. Anastasia Metros, Dissertation Mentoring - Dr. Elizabeth Young

2009 Award Recipients

Dissertation of the Year - Best Qualitative:

Award Recipient:  Dr. Susan Anne Ziebarth
Mentor:
  Dr. Sandy Kolberg
Committee Members:
Dr. Craig Barton and Dr. Anthony Kortens
Dissertation Title:
The Paradox of Intention and CEO Leadership: A Dialogic Inquiry Action Research Study

Dissertation of the Year - Best Quantitative:

Award Recipient:  Dr. Demetrio B. Nitafan
Mentor:
  Dr. Leo R. Stevens
Committee Members:
Dr. Aleta Best and Dr. Carla Thompson
Dissertation Title:
  Characteristics of Leadership Styles Influencing Mortgage Fraud Reduction

Faculty of the Year:

Award Recipient:  Dr Patricia D'Urso

2008 Award Recipients

Dissertation of the Year - Best Mixed Methods:

Award Recipient:  Dr. Than Lam
Mentor:
  Dr. Theresa Lao
Committee Members:
  Dr. Ron Black and Dr. Marilyn Simon
Dissertation Title:
  Strategies for promoting business-IT fusion to meet organizational demands: A case study

Dissertation of the Year - Best Qualitative:

Award Recipient:  Dr. Michael Bixenman
Mentor:
  Dr. Douglas Lepelley
Committee members:
  Dr. Sandra Gravett and Dr. Sandra Kolberg
Dissertation title:
Leading open innovation across global strategic alliances: A grounded theory study

Dissertation of the Year - Best Quantitative:

Award Recipient:  Dr. Kathleen Bonvicini
Mentor:
  Dr. Ruby Rouse
Committee members:
Dr. Michael Goldstein and Dr. David Hall
Dissertation title:
Physician empathy: Impact of communication training on physician behavior and patient perceptions

Faculty of the Year:

Award Recipient:  Dr. Barbara Shambaugh

2007 Award Recipients

Dissertation of the Year - Best Mixed Methods:

Award Recipient: Dr. Eli Konorti
Mentor:
  Dr. Johnny Morris
Committee members:
 Dr. John NeNigris and Dr. Gerald Griffin
Dissertation title: 
The relationship between wealth creation and professional management in entrepreneurial enterprises

Dissertation of the Year - Best Qualitative:

Award Recipient:  Dr. Dean Fish
Mentor:
  Dr.  Sandra Kolberg
Committee members:
  Dr. John DeNigris and Dr. Jay Klagge
Dissertation title:
A study of entropy in post-merger and post-acquisition integration

Dissertation of the Year -Best Quantitative:

Award Recipient:  Dr. Anthony Yitts
Mentor:
  Dr. Tathagata Dasgupta
Committee members:
  Dr. Stephanie Hoffman and Dr. Jieffeng Xu
Dissertation title:
  A dynamically nonlinear approach to disruptive innovation analysis for appropriate leadership decision-making

Faculty of the Year:

Award recipient:  Dr. Ruby Rouse

2006 Award Recipients

Dissertation of the Year - Best Mixed Methods:

Award Recipient:  Dr. Michael Scharff
Mentor name:
  Dr. Freda Turner
Committee members:
  Dr. Kimberly Blum and Dr. Bahaudin Mujtaba
Dissertation title:
  A Study of the Dyadic Relationships Between Managers and Virtual Employees

Dissertation of the Year - Qualitative:

Award Recipient:  Dr. Richard Dean Rowlett
Mentor:
  Dr. Freda Turner
Committee members:
  Dr. Deborah Schaff Johnson and Dr. Louise Underdahl
Dissertation title:
  Mergers and Acquisitions: A Phenomenological Case Study

Dissertation of the Year - Quantitative:

Award recipient:  Dr. Larry Buzan
Mentor name:
  Dr. Jay Klagge
Committee members:
  Dr. Marie Abram and Dr. Anthony Kortens
Dissertation title:
  The Relationship Among Cultural Distance, Social Ties, and Tacit Knowledge Sharing in a Multinational Corporation

2005 Award Recipients

Dissertation of the Year - Best Qualitative:

Award Recipient:  Dr. Kevin J. Baker
Mentor:
  Dr. Marilyn Simon
Committee members:
  Dr. Kimberly Blum and Dr. Deborah Schaff Johnson
Dissertation title:
  A Model for leading Online K-12 Learning Environments

Dissertation of the Year - Best Quantitative:

Award Recipient:  Dr. Gloria D. Abe
Mentor:
  Dr. Carolyn Salerno
Committee members:
  Dr. Anthony W. Poet and Dr. Fred Turner
Dissertation title:
  Leader Emotional Intelligence and Employee Turnover