Four Doctoral Degrees to be Awarded at ESU’s Winter Commencement

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Four doctoral degrees in administration and leadership studies will be awarded during winter commencement exercises at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania on Friday, December 13, at 7 p.m. in Koehler Fieldhouse.

Andrea J. Farina of Harleysville, Pa., Lori Ann Kuhns of Allentown, Pa., Lisa Michele LoBasso of Honesdale, Pa., and W. Anthony Parks of Mechanicsburg, Pa., earned their degrees through the ESU and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) collaborative doctoral degree program.

Doctoral-FarinaMrs. Farina, a principal of the Palisades Middle School in Kintnersville, Pa., wrote her doctoral dissertation on the topic “A Mixed-Method Exploration of the School Organizational and Social Relationships Factors that Influence Dropout Decision Making in a Rural High School.” She earned her master of education degree from East Stroudsburg University in 2004 and a bachelor of science degree from ESU in 2000.

Doctoral-KuhnsMrs. Kuhns, an elementary school principal at Lehigh Elementary School in the Northampton School District, wrote her doctoral dissertation on the topic “Factors that Promote Persistence and Motivation among Successful, High Poverty, Urban High Schools Students.” She earned her master of science degree from Wilkes University in 2003, her master of education degree from Bloomsburg University in 1999 and a bachelor of science degree from West Chester University in 1995.

Doctoral-LoBassoMrs. LoBasso, the assistant dean of online and off-campus programs in the College of Graduate and Continuing Education at the University of Scranton, wrote her doctoral dissertation on the topic “An Investigation into the Training of Instructors of Online Graduate Education Courses at Institutions of Higher Education.” She earned her master of education from East Stroudsburg University in 2000, her bachelor of science from East Stroudsburg University in 1993 and her associate degree in science from Keystone College in 1991.

Doctoral-ParksMr. Parks, elementary school principal in the Cumberland Valley School District, wrote his doctoral dissertation on the topic “A Case Study on the Effects of 4/4 Block Scheduling on Achievement in Mathematics Based on State Standardized Testing in Pennsylvania for High School Students.” He earned his master of science degree from Wilkes University in 2002 and his bachelor of arts degree from Southeastern University in 1995.

About the Doctoral Program in Education Administration and Leadership

The Professional and Secondary Education Department at ESU developed the idea for the collaborative doctoral degree program with Indiana University in 1999. The collaborative delivery program provides accessibility to the program for students who live in proximity to East Stroudsburg and northeast Pennsylvania.

The three-year academic package is designed to provide continuous skill development in leadership, writing, reading and research. The program is intended for leaders in education wishing to further their knowledge, skills and expertise in the area of educational leadership.

For more information about the doctoral program, including applying for admission/acceptance, contact Kevin Quintero, graduate admissions coordinator at 570-422-3890 or kquintero@esu.edu or Doug Lare, Ed.D., professor of professional and secondary education, at dlare@esu.edu or 570-422-3374.