List of Master's Theses

 

 GRADUATE STUDENT THESES

2006-2007

Jill R. Bethune -- ASSESSING THE BENEFITS OF SENIOR CENTER PROGRAMMING AT ST. CLAIR STREET SENIOR CENTER (Chair – Dr. Ron Aday)

Sirena Y. Bragg --THE FEMINIST PARADOX: WHY DO WOMEN SUPPORT WOMEN'S RIGHTS BUT NOT FEMINISM? (Chair – Dr. Jackie Eller)

Deborah S. Blankenship -- AN ASSESSMENT OF CHILD HEALTH SERVICES IN THE STATE OF TENNESSEE (Chair – Dr. Vicky MacLean).

Lori Ann Farney -- PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH INDICATORS AS PREDICTORS OF PRISON ADJUSTMENT AMONG OLDER INCARCERATED WOMEN (Chair – Dr. Ron Aday)

Monte D. Hendrickson -- CHILD LABOR IN THE BRAZILIAN AMAZON:  AN ETHNOGRAPHIC APPROACH (Chair – Dr. Jackie Eller)

Jessica P. Lendon -- PHARMACIST CONSCIENCE LEGISLATION:  RELIGIOSITY AND OPPOSITION TO EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION (Chair – Dr. Angela Mertig)

Laura McKinney  -- A CROSS-NATIONAL ANALYSIS OF ECONOMIC PROSPERITY AS A PREDICTOR OF CARBON DIOXIDE AND METHANE EMISSIONS INTENSITY, 1995 AND 2000 (Chair - Dr. Angela Mertig)

Christopher William Pell -- MEDICAL DOMINANCE OR INSTITUTIONALIZATION? CHALLENGES TO A LOCAL HIV/AIDS NETWORK AFFILIATED WITH THE RYAN WHITE CARE ACT OF 1990 (Chair – Dr. Vicky MacLean)

GRADUATE STUDENT THESES

2007-2008

Dayron Deaton –  THE EFFECT OF HEALTH AND PENAL HARM ON OLDER FEMALE INMATES VIEW OF DYING IN PRISON (Chair, Dr. Ron Aday)

Sara E. Malley – BLOWING UP OUR HOME:  THE EFFECTS OF MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL COAL MINING (Chair – Dr. Angela Mertig)

Penna K. Mears  -- DYING TO LEARN: SCHOOL ASSOCIATED VIOLENT DEATHS FROM 1992 TO 2006(Chair – Dr. Jackie Eller)

Jeremy Ross  --  CONVERSATIONS BEYOND THE CLASSROOM: ESTABLISHING VOICE FOR LOCAL TEACHERS (Chair - Dr. Jackie Eller)

Katie Ross – SPEAKING OF EMOTIONS: A FEMINIST SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF WOMEN'S ABORTION NARRATIVES (Chair - Dr. Jackie Eller)

Melissa Sandefur – PRO-ANA DISCOURSE ON THE INTERNET:  RESOURCES FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE CULT OF THINNESS (Chair - Dr. Vicky MacLean)

Jennifer P. Schaper – HELP OR I'll EAT MYSELF TO DEATH: REQUEST FOR SOCIAL SUPPORT FROM EXPERIENTIALLY SIMILAR OTHERS IN THE CONTEXT OF AN ONLINE DIETING COMMUNITY (Chair - Dr. Jackie Eller).

Bíbor Ildikó Szabó -  PERCEPTIONS OF AMERICAN SOCIETY, ACCULTURATION AND THE CHOICE OF RETURN: EXPERIENCES OF HUNGARIAN SOJOURNERS IN THE UNITED STATES (Chair - Dr. Vicky Maclean)

GRADUATE STUDENT THESES

2008-2009

Angela Abbott – THE THIN LINE: WELFARE RELIANCE, MENTAL HEALTH AND WORKFORCE PARTICIPATION OF SINGLE MOTHERS(Chair – Dr. Vicky MacLean)

Juan Canedo – SELF-CARE PRACTICES AND HEALTH SERVICES USE AMONG DIABETICS IN PERU (Chair – Dr. Bill Canak)

Lisa Earls – THE RELATIONSHIP OF SUICIDE, ACCIDENTAL DEATH AND POVERTY AMONG BLACK AND WHITE AMERICANS (Chair – Dr. Jackie Eller)

Deborah Gressman – EXPLORING THE BENEFITS OF SENIOR CENTER PARTICIPATION AT THE JOHNSON CITY SENIOR CENTER(Chair – Dr. Ron Aday)

GRADUATE STUDENT THESES

2009-2010

Luther Hutchenson – MANIAC OR MARTYR?  ASSESSING ATTITUDES TOWARD SUICIDE TERRORISM (Chair – Dr. Angela Mertig)

Ryan Lorimer – CONSTRUCTING MASCULINITY: IDENTIFYING WAYS MEN CONSTRUCT MASCULINITY IN A HYPER-SEXED ENVIRONMENT(Chair – Dr. Jackie Eller)

Shannon Moore – A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF FOOD ALLERGENIC ADULTS' STIGMA MANAGEMENT AND DISCLOSURE OF THEIR ALLERGIES (Chair – Dr. Jackie Eller)

Reuben Mounts – THE FORMATION OF BLACK MALES' ACADEMIC IDENTITY (Chair – Dr. Lynn Hampton)

Mark Mullen – OPTIMISM AND ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINTS (Chair – Dr. Angela Mertig)

Angela Mullin-Jackson – RACIAL AND CULTURAL OTHERNESS: THE LIVED EXPERIENCE OF AMERICANS OF KOREAN DESCENT (Chair – Dr. Vicky MacLean)

Sherry Scott – GENERATIONAL DIFFERENCES IN KNOWLEDGE, RECOGNITION, AND ATTITUDES TOWARD ELDER ABUSE REPORTING (Chair – Dr. Ron Aday)

Richard Todd – ANALYSIS OF THE MORTALITY CRISIS IN THE MORTALITY BELT OF THE FORMER SOVIET UNION:  A STUDY IN SOCIAL, POLITICAL, AND CULTURAL CHANGE (Chair – Dr. Foster Amey)

Amanda L. Watson – CONTACT THEORY IN CONTEXT: COMMUNITY COMPOSITION, CHARACTERISTICS OF RESIDENTIAL SEGREGATION, AND RACIAL/ETHNIC PREJUDICE IN THE U.S. (Co-Chairs – Dr. Brian Hinote and Dr. Foster Amey)

GRADUATE STUDENT THESES

2010-2011

Melanie Fryman – MASSIVELY MULTIPLAYER ONLINE ROLE-PLAYING GAME (MMORPG) PLAYER IDENTITY: AN APPLICATION OF IDENTITY CONTROL THEORY (Chair – Dr. W. Craig Carter)

Derrick Griffey – CHOOSING COMMUNITY COLLEGE: UNDERSTANDING THE ATTITUDES AND SATISFACTION OF STUDENTS AND WHY IT MATTERS (Chair – Dr. Ron Aday)

Sherry B. Holley – CROSSING THE THIN BLUE LINE?  A QUALITATIVELY DESCRIPTIVE STUDY OF WHAT 'CROSSING' MEANS FOR FEMALE POLICE RECRUITS (Chair – Dr. Jackie Eller)

DeAnn Lamb – EXPLORING THE EFFECTS OF VICTIMIZATION ON THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH OF INCARCERATED WOMEN (Chair – Dr. Ron Aday)

Simon Lynn – INTENTIONS TOWARD EXTRADYADIC BEHAVIOR AMONG YOUNG ADULTS (Chair – Dr. Angela Mertig)

Lauren Norman – NO SHAME IN MY GAME: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF HOW MEN CONSTRUCT MORAL EMOTIONS WITHIN THE COLLEGE CULTURE OF HOOKING-UP (Chair – Dr. Jackie Eller)

GRADUATE STUDENT THESES

2011-2012

Sarah Elizabeth Curtis -- PUTTING GENDER IN ITS PLACE: THE CONSTRUCTION AND EXPERIENCE OF GENDER IN AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Chair – Dr. Jackie Eller)

Amanda K. Kaiser -- EXAMINING THE EFFECTS OF SEXUAL VICTIMIZATON ON THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL WELL-BEING OF INCARCERATED WOMEN (Chair – Dr. Ron Aday)

Kisha L. Ledlow -- FRAMING SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE NEWS (Chair – Dr. Jackie Eller)

Michael Patrick O'Flinn -- UPS AND DOWNS: NARRATIVE ACCOUNTS OF EXITING METHAMPHETAMINE USE WITHOUT FORMAL TREATMENT (Chair – Dr. Jackie Eller)

Tara Lee-Ann Perrin -- GETTIN' ABOVE YOUR RAISIN': EXPLORING FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT FAMILIAL SUPPORT AND LIMITED SUPPORT EXPERIENCES (Chair – Dr. Jackie Eller)

Kimberly Fleming Wingard -- ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION, MENTAL ILLNESS, AND SUICIDE: AN ECOLOGICAL STUDY (Chair – Dr. Kevin Breault)

GRADUATE STUDENT THESES

2012-2013

Jamie Fuston – HEGEMONIC IMAGES OF SEXUALITY IN PRIMETIME TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENTS: SELLING HETERONORMATIVE IDEOLOGY (Chair – Dr. Jackie Eller)

Grady Lowery – A BLESSING AND A CURSE: FAITH AND ENVIRONMENTALISM IN MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE (Chair – Dr. Angela Mertig)

Theresa Bryant – ASSESSING UNDERGRADUATE PERCEPTIONS OF CAMPUS CLIMATE AND SAFETY AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY (Chair – Dr. Jackie Eller)

Kevin Patrick Coghlan – A COMPARISON OF TWO MEASURES OF SOCIAL CLASS (Chair – Dr. Foster Amey)

Christina N. Harness – DOCTOR-PATIENT TRUST AND QUESTIONING MEDICAL AUTHORITY: A RACE, GENDER, AND SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS ANALYSIS (Chair – Dr. Vicky MacLean)

James M. Kinslow – AN EXAMINATION OF RESPONSES TO A DECLINE IN SOCIAL CAPITAL, CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, AND MEMBERSHIP WITHIN AMERICAN FREEMASONRY (Chair – Dr. Angela Mertig)

Jordan E. Raley – SAYING 'I DO': EXPLORING COLLEGE STUDENTS' ATTITUDES TOWARD MARRIAGE (Chair – Dr. Ron Aday)

Stephanie Steed – WORK-FIRST PROGRAMS AND THE AMERICAN DREAM: WOMEN'S STRUGGLES TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES UNDER WELFARE REFORM (Chair – Dr. Vicky MacLean)

Lori Nicole Watson – MEN AS CAREGIVERS OF FRAIL ELDERLY: GENDER DIFFERENCES IN THE CAREGIVING EXPERIENCE (Chair – Dr. Brandon Wallace)

Lisa Walker – TIPPING CAPITAL AND THE GUISE OF GRATUITY: WOMEN SERVERS' PERSPECTIVES OF SEXUALIZED INTERACTIONS IN THE SPORTS BAR AND GRILL INDUSTRY (Chair – Dr. Jackie Eller)

Shaonta Allen – STOMPING THE YARD IN BLACK AND WHITE: A COMPARATIVE STUDY ON THE PERCEIVED BENEFITS OF BLACK GREEK LIFE AT HISTORICALLY BLACK AND PREDOMINANTLY WHITE INSTITUTIONS (Chair – Dr. Vicky MacLean)

Jerry Gonzalez – BEHIND THE CURTAIN: A QUANTITATIVE EXAMINATION OF FACTORS CONSIDERED BY JUDICIAL COMMISSIONERS IN RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TENNESSEE IN DETERMINING THE PRESENCE OF RISK OF FLIGHT AND AMOUNT OF BAIL (Chair – Dr. Brian P. Hinote)