Doctoral Program Student Research

Students who have successfully completed program requirements and graduated from NNU’s Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership have written high-caliber dissertations related to a variety of topics in education. Examples include (click to read the dissertation):

Dr. Heidi Curtis ('13): A Mixed Methods Study Investigating Parental Involvement And Student Success In High School Online Education (pdf)
Dr. Taylor Raney ('14):  A Mixed Methods Approach Discovering the Impact on Reading Fluency of Struggling Kindergarten Students When Receiving a Double Dose of Literacy Instruction (pdf) 
Dr. William Fritz ('15): A Quantitative Study Investigating the Efficacy Beliefs of Elementary Teachers Including A Specific Emphasis on Mathematics 

Scholarly activities are integral components in the arena of higher education. It is critical to maintain currency with educational theory and practice. A multitude of activities have taken place at Northwest Nazarene University, and strong practice has been established for engaging in scholarship.

Northwest Nazarene University has been awarded a five-year Title III Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education totaling $2,250,000 for increasing educational access to students by means of online education. The U.S. Department of Education awarded more than $20.1 million to only 39 colleges and universities under the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) this year. Northwest Nazarene University was equipped and prepared to be one of these 39 higher education institutions in the country to receive this grant. The grant will allow faculty at NNU an opportunity to conduct research in the areas of online pedagogy, retention of traditional students in the online environment, and best practices in designing programs in a modality that is exclusively online. In addition, this grant will help fund a new faculty multimedia studio allowing for innovative ways to teach online, in a blended format, and face-to-face.

Key stakeholders impacted by research conducted at Northwest Nazarene University included K-12 professionals in Idaho and around the United States, higher education institutions, and the editors and review boards of peer-reviewed journals and high caliber professional conferences. Within the last three years, NNU faculty have been recognized as international presenters for their efforts in conducting high-caliber research at conferences such as the Hawaii International Conference on Education (Honolulu, HI), International Association for K-12 Online Learning National Conference (Orlando, FL), International Society for Technology in Education (San Antonio, TX), Florida Educational Technology International Conference (Orlando, FL), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (Baltimore, MD), American Psychological Association Convention (Washington, D.C.), and the Technology in Theological Education Conference (Phoenix, AZ).