2017 Dissertation of the Year Winners

2017 Dissertation of the Year Winners

The Dissertation of the Year Award has returned to the School of Advanced Studies. The new award process honors the top dissertations in the major field areas offered in the School of Advanced Studies (business, healthcare, and education). The process for the Dissertation of the Year Award was highly competitive, with a large number of applications to consider. Based on the submissions received, the following three winners were selected: 

In the area of business, Dr. Daniel Roberts for his dissertation titled “A Comprehensive Plan for Providing Chaplaincy Support to Wounded Female Soldiers: A Delphi Study.” The purpose of Dr. Roberts’ study was to build a comprehensive plan and model for male chaplains in their support of wounded female soldiers. Dr. Roberts’ study was developed by listening to wounded female soldiers’ concerns and needs, and Dr. Roberts utilized female chaplains as experts to build the plan and model.  To access the dissertation please visit this page (you must be logged into eCampus to access the library). Dr. Roberts is currently a Religious Affairs Specialist in the U.S. Army.  As such, he oversees a variety of products and services from the chaplain directorate, including research on indigenous religions and cultures, advice and training on the subject of sexual assault prevention, pastoral counseling to unit soldiers, and doctrine development for both the U.S. and Canadian chaplaincies.

Dr. Daniel Roberts presenting at Phoenix Knowledge Without Boundaries Academy

In the area of healthcare, Dr. Patricia Walker for her dissertation titled “Nursing Ethics in Stem Cell Research: Perceived Attitudes and Beliefs of Nurses.” The purpose of Dr. Walker’s study was to examine the attitudes and beliefs of nurses regarding bioethical issues of stem cell research. Dr. Walker’s results showed that the potential benefit of stem cells was regarded as being important to nurses, though the nurses had ethical concerns over the sourcing and handling of the cells. Further, Dr. Walker found an emphasis that there needed to be more public education on stem cell research. To access the dissertation please visit this page (you must be logged into eCampus to access the library).

Dr. Joann Kovacich presenting for Dr. Patricia Walker at Phoenix Knowledge Without Boundaries Academy

In the area of education, Dr. Teresa Hutchinson for her dissertation titled “Assessment of Complex Simulation Value in MBA Courses: A Quantitative Ex Post Facto Comparative Study.” Dr. Hutchinson’s study focused on student perceptions of learning outcomes and how perceptions of learning outcomes affect actual outcomes. An interesting finding from Dr. Hutchinson’s study is that a positive perception of learning outcomes does not necessarily lead to high learning outcomes. To access the dissertation please visit this page (you must be logged into eCampus to access the library). Dr. Hutchinson currently serves as the Program Dean in the School of Business at University of Phoenix. 

Dr. Teresa Hutchinson presenting at Phoenix Knowledge Without Boundaries Academy

The dissertation chairs for these students are recognized for their guidance in assisting SAS students with developing quality research. Dr. Joann Kovacich chaired Dr. Roberts’ and Dr. Walker’s dissertations. Dr. Arfe Ozcan chaired Dr. Teresa Hutchinson’s dissertation. Dr. Kovavich and Dr. Ozcan offered outstanding mentorship to their students, and both faculty members deserve commendation for producing such fine doctoral graduates.