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 2018

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An Examination of Perceived Leadership Behaviors and Employee Engagement in the US Federal Government: An Exploratory Study, Jason Barker

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An Examination of Perceived Leadership Behaviors and Employee Engagement in the US Federal Government: An Exploratory Study, Jason Barker

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A Phenomenological Study on the Professional Development of African American Male Administrators at Predominately White Post-~Secondary Institutions, Arnold Shmorn Bell

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A Phenomenological Study on the Professional Development of African American Male Administrators at Predominately White Post-~Secondary Institutions, Arnold Shmorn Bell

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Factors that Impact Direct Democracy and Voter Turnout: Evidence from a National Study on American Counties, Michael Joseph Biesiada

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Factors that Impact Direct Democracy and Voter Turnout: Evidence from a National Study on American Counties, Michael Joseph Biesiada

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Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Evaluation for Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, Chris Buchanan, David Corral, and Gavin Whipple

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Latino Youth Leadership Conference: Evaluation of Program Success, Participant College Attendance and Completion, Christian Clapp, Gil Revolorio, Juman Sharif, and Marjorie Stewart

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Employee Perceptions of Organizational Corporate Responsibility and Their Effect on Employee Organizational Commitment, Lisa R. Davis

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Employee Perceptions of Organizational Corporate Responsibility and Their Effect on Employee Organizational Commitment, Lisa R. Davis

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Family Promise Final Evaluation, Muriel Duval, Heather Ashley-Henderson, and Patrick Becker

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Program Evaluation for Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, Josephine Fenton

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Examining the Training Transfer Practice of a Financial Institution: An Action Research Study, Maria Lourdes Lourdes Gutierrez

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Examining the Training Transfer Practice of a Financial Institution: An Action Research Study, Maria Lourdes Lourdes Gutierrez

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Using Design Science Research to Develop a Conceptual Solution for Improving Knowledge Sharing in a Virtual Workspace, Lata Koneru

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Using Design Science Research to Develop a Conceptual Solution for Improving Knowledge Sharing in a Virtual Workspace, Lata Koneru

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The Use of Chemical Element Fingerprints to Investigate the Transformation of Lake Sediments to Land Soils in Drying Lakes: A Case Study at Lake Mead, Nevada, Ji Hye Park

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The Use of Chemical Element Fingerprints to Investigate the Transformation of Lake Sediments to Land Soils in Drying Lakes: A Case Study at Lake Mead, Nevada, Ji Hye Park

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The Effectiveness of State Ethics Commissions on Curbing Corruption and the Effect of Corruption on State Economic Performance, Anthony J. Prato

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The Effectiveness of State Ethics Commissions on Curbing Corruption and the Effect of Corruption on State Economic Performance, Anthony J. Prato

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A Qualitative Multiple Case Study of the Transition Experiences of Parents and Service Providers of Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (Idd) in a Postsecondary Educational Program, Rebecca S. Rogers

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A Qualitative Multiple Case Study of the Transition Experiences of Parents and Service Providers of Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (Idd) in a Postsecondary Educational Program, Rebecca S. Rogers

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A Quantitative Study of Mitigating Resistance to Change through a Neuro Linguistic Approach: With the Use of Narratives and a Neuro Linguistic Pattern, Mary J. Sanders

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Measuring Implementation Success of Pay Structures and the Role of Human Resources in Higher Education, Derek Spencer Smith

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Hearts and Minds: An Analysis of Checks and Safeguards, Monitoring, and Performance Review of Executive Boards and Their Executive Directors within Select Nonprofit Corporations., John Michael Wagner

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Jornaleros Engaged in a Multidimensional Struggle: A Critical Ethnography with Day Laborers in Las Vegas, Jorge Adrian Castrejon

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Volunteer Management in Faith-Based Organizations, Cheryl Regina Coleman

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A Phenomenological Study of the Process of Transitioning Out of the Military and Into Civilian Life from the Acculturation Perspective, Wilisha C. Daniels

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A Program Evaluation of The State of Nevada's Certified Public Manager Program, Carolyn Faircloth, Pat La Putt, Diana Ritter, and Shawntay Tyler

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Program Evaluation for the Nevada School of the Arts, Cherie Garrity, Lisa Levine, Angela Phillips, and Izack Tenorio

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[Community Oriented Policing (COP) Evaluation], Kaci Kerfeld, Taylor Glaser, and James Koloskie

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The Effect of Oil Prices on Workforce in Selected Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Countries, Amjad Kisswani

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Policy Analysys and Program Evaluation: Real Talk Youth Impact Program, Carlton Monroe, Liam MacCaul, Natalie Lorenzano, and Vincentiu Anghel

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The Balance Between Privacy and Safety in Police UAV Use: The Power of Threat and Its Effect on People’s Receptivity, Mari Sakiyama

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The Use of Social Media Interactivity Between Nevada E-Government Agencies and The Public: An Analysis of The Role and Impact of Twitter Accounts, Jung Eun Song

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Focus On Success: An Explanatory Embedded Multiple-Case Study On How Youth Successfully Navigate Workforce Development Programs In Southern Nevada, Ricardo Villalobos

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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Northern STARS Safety Village: Program Evaluation, Gawain Guedry, Marcie Jackson, and JoAnne Witter

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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