Below are theses and dissertations completed by graduates of the University of Nevada Las Vegas Public Policy and Leadership (beginning in Summer 2016). This collection also includes theses and dissertations of graduates of the Environmental and Public Affairs Program (through Spring 2016).

For the entire collection of UNLV theses and dissertations, visit UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones

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Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Understanding Contingent Faculty: A Quantitative Study of Engagement, Satisfaction, Commitment, and Mentoring Needs, Heidi Batiste

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The People's College? An Examination of Who Governs Community Colleges at the Local Level, Katheryn Christine Brekken

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Corporatized Higher Education: A Quantitative Study Examining Faculty Motivation Using Self-Determination Theory, Aaron Dale Brown

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Food Rescue Program Evaluation Three Square Food Bank, Anna Caputo, Rich Easter, Rosa Rosas, and Mark Sakurada

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Analyzing the Relationship Between Job Demands, Job Resources, and Personal Resources on Employee Engagement and Exhaustion of Juvenile Probation/Parole Officers, Danilo Estuardo Chavarria

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The Lived Experiences of Women in the Information Technology Field as they Transition from One Leadership Level to the Next: A Phenomenological Study, Marilyn Delmont

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Life After Service for Post-9/11 Veterans: Data, Methods, and Policy Impacts, Justin Stockton Gardner

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Building an Evaluation Framework for The Smith Center’s Education & Outreach Department, Melissa Jacobowitz, Chris Helda, Stephanie Hernandez, and Rico Casillas

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A Qualitative Study of Job Competencies for Healthcare Social Work Administrators: An Application of the Short Competency Model Process Used to Identify the Behaviors and Personal Characteristics of Exemplary Performers, Lashonda Jones-Moore

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A World of Warning: Exploring U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings and Alerts, Ryan Daniel Larsen

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A​ Program Evaluation of Outside Las Vegas’ YMCA Education Program, Robin Mendoza, Kevin Schmidt, Arcelia Barajas, and Branson Chun

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An Examination of Sagebrush Rebellion Communications Using Narrative Policy Framework, Amber Overholser

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Clark County Department of Family Services, Parenting Project, Julie Owens, Natalie Grajeda, Stephanie Thelen, David L. Olivieri, and Fredric Jackson

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The Role of School Boards in Addressing Opportunity and Equity for English Learners in the U.S. Mountain West, Carrie Sampson

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Impacts to Phytoplankton After The Establishment of Quagga Mussels in Lake Mead, Nevada, Warren Bruce Turkett

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The Impact of Successful NCAA Division I Athletics Programs on the Social Capital of Urban Communities, Paul Woody

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Community Advanced Data and Research Analysis: A Mixed Methods Capstone Project, Michael Bernarndo, Brandie Green, Amber Konold, and Kathryn Weavil

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An Evaluation of Clean the World, Las Vegas Volunteer Program, Chanton Cox, Bassem Dahdouh, and Madison Rousell

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Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Program Evaluation, Ambrosia Crump and Dydia Garcia

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Program Evaluation of Clark County Department of Family Services, Parenting Project, Marissa E. Duke, Emily Elzeftawy, and Michael D. Spies

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Burdens and Benefits of Climate Change Solutions: A Case Study of Climate Change Skeptics and Deniers in Rural Nevada, Patricia Dutcher

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The Impact of Environmental Factors on Policy Decisions As It Relates to Community Development Block Grant Allocations, Al G. Gourrier

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Thank You For Your Time! Would You Mind Donating to Our Cause? The Effect of Gratitude on Prosocial Behavior, Matthew L. Hortt

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The Role of Adaptive Capacity on the Subjective Career Success of Former D-I African-American Male Athletes: A Mixed-Method Study, Leon Antonio Jackson

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States and Multicultural Education Policies: An Event History Analysis, Leander D. Kellogg

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A Narrative Study of Latinas' Experiences with the Leadership Pipeline in Higher Education, Ana Cecilia Marrero-Lopez

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Ecosystem response to recent climate change in alpine environments, Patrick Shawn Sawyer

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Citizen Participation within Mental Health Planning and Advisory Councils, Ronald W. Strickland

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Public Sector Compensation: Is The Public School District Superintendent Compensation Worth It?, Ashok Em Sudhakar

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Understanding Urban Sustainability and Quality of Life: A System Dynamics Approach, Abby Elizabeth Beck

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Identity and Intersectionality for Big City Mayors: A Phenomenological Analysis of Black Women, Constance J. Brooks

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Restoration of Biological Soil Crust on Disturbed Gypsiferous Soils in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Eastern Mojave Desert, Lindsay P. Chiquoine

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State Juvenile Justice Spending Decisions: The Effects of Federal Aid, Race, Politics, and Other Socioeconomic Factors, Willie B. Coleman Smith

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A Phenomenological Study on the Leadership Development of African American Women Executives in Academia and Business, Deanna Rachelle Davis

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Public Corruption for Gain in America: The Costly Consequences of Violating Public Trust, Yvonne Atkinson Gates

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A Flower Blooms in the Desert: Managing for Collaboration, Josphine Gatti Schafer

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Exploring the Seed Bank Dynamics of Red Brome: Longevity, Density, and Relationship to Fire, Benjamin S. Jurand

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The New American Conservation Movement: New Strategies, Focus and Organizations for the 21st Century, Amy Deanna Northrup

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The abundance and distribution pattern of quagga mussels in the Las Vegas Bay of Lake Mead, Nevada and potential correlation with environmental parameters, Scott Rainville

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Investigating three decades of vegetation change in a Mojave Desert mountain range, Chris Lee Roberts

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Measuring Spillover Effects of Residential Amenity Improvements Using Spatial Hedonic Approach, Shruti Bishan Tandon

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"CHOICES" Florida's Version of Obamacare, Jason Lamarr Wasden

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Independent living program evaluation for Rebuilding All Goals Efficiently, Patricia Armour, Debra Moulton, and Araceli Pruett

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Identifying and reducing lead exposure associated with the use of cultural practices in southern Nevada Hispanic communities, Maria Castillo-Couch

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HELP of Southern Nevada analysis project, Lauren Cella, Carly Dunlap, Jonathon Nunes, and Anna Vaillancourt

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NevadaGIVES.org: Building website capacity for data collection, Snezhanka V. Christy and Lisa E. Stamanis

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Relationships of exotic plant invasions with biological soil crust, desert pavement, and soil carbon in the eastern Mojave Desert, Adria DeCorte

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Assessing a combined theories approach to climate change communication, Ted Greenhalgh

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Climate and vegetation change in the Newberry mountains, Southern Clark County, Nevada, Ross Joseph Guida

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Public Utilities Commission of Nevada: A research design for data collection, Mario Heresi, Jamie Stout, Brandy Davis, and Cheyenne Pasquale

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Telework within the Bureau of Reclamation Lower Colorado Region office, Theresa Lee, Lynne Arnold, John Wagner, Elias Samorano, and Anita Morgan

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Evaluation of mentoring in southern Nevada, Andrew Merz and Glen Leavitt

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Ready for Life — An evaluation: Factors relating to truancy and promising practices, Clayton Nichols, Shenita Harper, Maria Thomas, Mikaela Louve, and Christina Vela

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Environmental impact of the Three Kids Mine tailings, Henderson, NV, Ji Hye Park

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Evaluation of interim sessions in state legislatures, Laurie Erin Russell

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Climate change in rural Nevada: The influence of vulnerability on risk perception and environmental behavior, Ahmad Safi

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Program evaluation: Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Region business lines and focus areas “Water Drop” project, Adriana VanBuskirk, Marion Biron, Kris Kirby, and Theodore Anderson

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Estimating wildfire potential on a Mojave Desert landscape using remote sensing and field sampling, Peter F. Van Linn III

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Nonprofits in crisis: How to retain employees in the nonprofit sector, Liz Armstrong, Jocelyn Bluitt-Fisher, Lori Lopez-Newman, Diana R. Paul, and Keith R. Paul

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The Use of policy analysis in southern Nevada planning and development departments, Dawn Barlow, Shane Dillon, Lynn Hunsinger, Ted Lendis, Neo Vidal, and Wendy Yada

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City of Las Vegas Detention and Enforcement accreditation evaluation program, Daniel Bennett

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Flowing Toward Sustainability: Two Stream Adjudications Analyzed Under the IAD Framework, Nancye Lou Bethurem

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Getting on track: Consolidating and streamlining positions at Clark County, Elaina Bhattacharyya, Kevin Cerny, Craig Christiansen, and Elizabeth Muto

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The Role of tuition in financing higher education, Jay Craddock, Amjad Kisswani, Krista Kurvers, Hillery Leslie, Kumiko Primm, and Abigal Sills

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Program evaluation of help Las Vegas Genesis Apartments, Shauna Davis, Bristol Ellington, Alexis Mussi, and Jason LaMarr Wasden

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HopeLink: A program evaluation, Cheryl Edwards, Telma Lopez, Bryan Osborne, and Erik Pappa

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City of Las Vegas Detention and Enforcement commission on accreditation of law enforcement accreditation program evaluation report, Karen Kelly, Cecelia McNeely, and Sandy Seda

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The Effectiveness and adoption of market-based state health care expansion programs, Nathan Gregory Myers

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Desert varnish as an indicator of modern-day air pollution in southern Nevada, Piotr Nowinski

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Comparing the effectiveness of interactive field, interactive class and non-interactive class lecture teaching strategies to teach wetland ecology concepts to 6th grade science students, April Marie Samson

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Analysis of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Nevada, Andrea Sundberg, Brad Giles, Cedric Pittman, Imelda DeLatorre, and Rebbeca Morris Fridley