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Frostburg State University Awards First Doctorates

Frostburg State University Awards First Doctorates
Frostburg State University’s inaugural Doctor of Education graduates are, front row, from left, Nicole Bosley, Vickie Mazer, Stephanie Marchbank, Tim Campbell and Kay Sheehe; back row, from left, Terry Kasecamp, Suzanne Wilburn, Jane Wildesen, Robert Smith, Lori Brown, Jeff Graham, Kristine Jackson and Kurt Hoffman.

Three years after establishing the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Frostburg State University will award degrees to the first 13 students at the 146th Commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 21, at 2 p.m., making FSU officially a doctoral-granting institution.

“What has happened at Frostburg State University is more than just the creation of a new degree program at the doctoral level. What has happened here has transformed our University and presented options to employees throughout Allegany and Garrett counties and beyond never before available,” FSU President Jonathan Gibralter told the doctoral candidates at a special ceremony on Friday, May 15. “The program has raised the bar at Frostburg State University to a place where others never imagined we could ever go.”

More students from this inaugural group are expected to complete their dissertations in the coming months. Two other groups, including one based at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, are working their way through the program, while the fourth cohort will start at USMH in fall 2015.

The graduates and their dissertation topics are:

  • Nicole Bosley, “A Retrospective Exploration of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Students’ Perceptions of Teacher Support”
  • Lori Brown, “School Contextual Factors and the Relationship to Behaviors of Middle School Students”
  • Tim Campbell, “A Quantitative Study of Eighth-Grade Achievement During No Child Left Behind, 2003 and 2013”
  • Jeff Graham, “Relationship Between High-Risk Drinking and Team Cohesion Among College Athletes”
  • Kurt Hoffman, “Co-Curricular Programming and Civic Engagement: Case Study From a Rural Community College”
  • Kristine Jackson, “Educators’ Responses to Bullying”
  • Terry Kasecamp, “Impact of Placement Testing Preparation on Community College Remediation and Completion”
  • Stephanie A. Marchbank, “Mixed Methods Case Study of Consolidation Effects on a Rural Maryland School”
  • Vickie Mazer, “The Influence of Structure, Policy and Practice on Faculty Participation in Online Teaching”
  • Kay Sheehe, “Investigating Teacher Perceptions of Professional Development and Student Achievement in Rural Maryland”
  • Robert Smith, “Chief Academic Officers’ Dispositions Toward Institutional Effectiveness Activities”
  • Suzanne B. Wilburn, “Criteria for Maryland State Board of Education’s Opinion for Appealed Charter School Applications”
  • Jane Wildesen, “Teacher Perceptions About Rural Elementary School Leadership as Related to Student Achievement”

For more information about FSU’s Doctor of Education degree, visit


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