PhD in Public Policy

Meet Our Students

Students in the PhD in Public Policy program come from a wide variety of backgrounds and work in many fields.  Provided below is a sampling of students in the most recent cohort.  Click on the student's name to view their bio and dissertation abstract.

  • Paul Austin - Superintendent RSU#3
    • Dissertation Title: An Examination of Response to Intervention Development and Implementation Relative to Best Practice
  • Erin Connor - Program Manager - Graduate Programs in EducationCollege of Graduate & Professional Studies, University of New England
    • Dissertation Title: Ready?: The Experiences of Maine High School Graduates in Remedial College Classes
  • Jane Crowley - RtI coordinator & interventionist, grades 6-8, MSAD 51
    • Dissertation Title:  A view from the bottom : The self-perceptions of highly regarded teachers' experiences in a time of multiple policy implementation
  • Paul Dexter - Director of Academic Retention Initiatives, USM
    • Dissertation Title: The Influence of Engagement Upon Success and Persistence of Online Undergraduates
  • Andrew Dolloff - Superintendent of Schools, Yarmouth, Maine
    • Dissertation Title: Resource Allocation in Maine's More Efficient Public High Schools
  • Becky Foley - Superintendent of Schools, RSU 5: Durham, Freeport, Pownal
    • Dissertation Title: Breaking Barriers to Achieve the Superintendency
  • Patrick Hartnett, Assistant Superintendent, MSAD #17
    • Dissertation Title:  Principal Leadership in Improving Rural High Schools in Maine
  • Katie Hawes - Superintendent RSU#21
    • Dissertation Title: An Examination of Standards-Based Education Relative to Research-Based Practices in Instruction and Assessment
  • Stephen Marquis - Principal, Sea Road School, Kennebunk
    • Dissertation Title: Investigating the Influence of Professional Development on Teacher Perceptions of I Engineering Self-Efficacy
  • Brian Mazjanis - Principal, Saccarappa Elementary School, Westbrook
    • Dissertation Title: Different Summers: Measuring the Effect Size of Summer Vacation on Reading and Mathematics Achievement Scores for Different Populations of Maine Students
  • Jonathan Payne - Technology Integrator, Noble High School
    • Dissertation Title: A Pilot Benefit and Cost Analysis Study of Sponsors of Registered Apprenticeships in Maine
  • Chris Record - Assistant Superintendent, Gorham Schools
    • Dissertation Title: Secondary School Principal Stress and Coping Strategies
  • Mark Schrader, Principal, C.A. Snow School, MSAD #72
    • Dissertation Title:  Understanding Elementary-Aged Student Engagement
  • Stacy Stewart - Coordinator of Career Services, USM
    • Dissertation Title: Grit and Self-Control as Predictors of First-Year Student Success
  • Erika Stump - Research Associate II, CEPARE, USM
    • Dissertation Title: Students Beating the Odds: A Multilevel Analysis of Factors Relating to Academic Achievement among Students Living in Persistent Poverty
  • Grace Valenzuela - Director, Multilingual & Multicultural Center, Portland Public Schools
    • Dissertation Title: Academic Performance of High School Students from Refugee Backgrounds