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Faculty spotlight on Gary Railsback

We’re pleased to welcome Gary Railsback to the College of Education faculty team. As our new professor of doctoral studies and methodology coordinator, Gary will be working with EdD candidates and their faculty committees in the supervision of research methodologies for doctoral dissertation research. We interviewed Gary to learn more about him and his new… Read More

How to Fund Your EdD Dissertation Research

By The Room 241 Team February 7, 2019

Dissertation research, like most things, comes at a cost. While it can be difficult to manage these costs and the time it takes to complete the graduate research process, there are resources available to help. We’ve gathered some funding sources — outside of loans — and compiled some helpful tips for doctoral candidates looking to… Read More

Teacher-student relationships can positively or negatively affect a student’s behavior and academic performance. When looking at a specific student group in a particular subject, the extent to which that relationship can impact students’ achievement can provide powerful information. Makeba Butler, EdD, wanted to explore this further in terms of math achievement among black males, thinking… Read More

Many schools have moved away from punitive discipline measures, choosing restorative practices instead. Restorative practices also promote equity. So how does this approach impact the school climate? Akil Boucaud, EdD, asked that very question while earning his Doctorate of Education from Concordia University-Portland. Focusing on elementary schools, Boucaud’s dissertation is titled, “A Correlational Study Examining the Relationship Between… Read More

At its core, social justice in education is about learning how we can make positive changes in our communities. Tina Lageson, EdD, is a kindergarten teacher at Glencoe Elementary School in Portland, Oregon and she is passionate about this topic, especially when it comes to young children. “There is a misconception about the ability level… Read More

As the principal of Clear Creek Middle School in Oregon, David Atherton, EdD, understands the importance of recruiting, hiring, and supporting administrators who are strong instructional leaders. While earning his Doctorate of Education from Concordia University-Portland, Atherton decided to examine this process for his dissertation, “Human Resource Management Practices for Public School Principals: Recruitment, Selection, and Development.”… Read More

Meet the Faculty: Christopher Maddox, Doctoral Faculty Chair

By The Room 241 Team January 16, 2019

A world traveler and passionate servant leader, Christopher Maddox, PhD, is one of our highly regarded doctoral faculty chairs. Maddox has worked with students of all ages (from kindergarteners to doctoral candidates) and has served as a K-12 teacher, a librarian, and a professor. When he’s not helping educators advance through our MEd and EdD programs, he’s busy coaching educators… Read More

One of the biggest concerns in higher education institutions is finding an effective way to increase student retention in an online environment. Lisa Fee, EdD, decided to examine this in her dissertation, “Online Orientation: An Investigation of Its Effect on Graduate Students’ First-Course Retention.” Fee earned her Doctorate of Education in Higher Education from Concordia University-Portland and is… Read More

Many educators and school leaders try to address the needs associated with at-risk students, but it is a complex issue. While there have been some studies that show how the arts can positively impact at-risk students’ academic performance, Oscar Houchins, III, EdD, could not find any in which researchers show how an art-related program utilizing… Read More

Meet the Faculty: Barbara Weschke, Doctoral Faculty Chair

By The Room 241 Team January 8, 2019

Barbara Weschke, PhD is a distinguished leader with expertise in educational administration, teacher leadership, and curriculum development, and we’re proud to say she’s one of Concordia University-Portland’s faculty chairs for our EdD program. Read on to learn about her work with educators, her advice for doctoral candidates, and more. As an instructor who has also led… Read More

New teachers often struggle with classroom management so how do these novice educators achieve self-efficacy? Kentyl Byrne, EdD, posed this question while earning her Doctorate of Education from Concordia University-Portland. Byrne is a Western Governors University Teachers’ College Evaluator and full-time mom, and she was concerned about how many new middle school teachers have problems… Read More

Educators and policymakers often struggle with the widespread problem of chronic absenteeism. Chronic absenteeism has been attributed to long-term detrimental effects within the student population, including reduced levels of scholastic readiness and lower graduation rates. James Brookins, EdD, earned his Doctorate of Education from Concordia University-Portland and chose to analyze this issue in his dissertation,… Read More

Sometimes we realize what we’re meant to do later in life, and engaging in purpose-driven work often motivates us to achieve more than we thought possible. Tina Wilson, a special education teacher from South Carolina, became an educator after getting married and having children, and that was just her beginning. She continued to advance her… Read More

Meet the Faculty: Maureen Morasch, Graduate Writing Center Chair

By The Room 241 Team December 8, 2018

Many doctoral candidates worry about the dissertation process, but Concordia University-Portland’s doctoral program provides a wealth of support and resources to set you up for success. One shining example is Graduate Writing Center Chair Maureen Morasch, MLIS. We reached out to Morasch to find out more about her background and expertise, the type of support she provides,… Read More

Meet the Faculty: Mark Jimenez, Doctoral Faculty Chair

By The Room 241 Team December 7, 2018

Concordia University-Portland’s doctoral program is full of experts who are eager to help education professionals become transformational leaders and change-makers. Mark Jimenez, EdD is one of Concordia’s doctoral chairs who is passionate about serving as a mentor and guide during the dissertation process. Read on to find out about Jimenez’s mentorship style, his advice for… Read More