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Dissertation Chairs for Ed.D.

Please see the available dissertation chairs for the Ed.D. program.

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Elsayess Mahmoud

Dr. Eliot Jackson

Educational background: A.A.S in Applied Management; B.S in Applied Management; M.Ed Educational Administration; Ed.S Organizational Leadership; Ed.D Organizational Leadership
Subject matter expertise: Public Education
Dissertation title: Comparative Analysis of Sub Populations Between Charter and Traditional Public Schools
Research interests: Public Education, Educational performance, Standardized Testing, Public Charter Schools

Research Background: Quantiative Research

Previous Publications


Prior Work Experience

Dr. Jackson has more than 12 years teaching middle and high school mathematics and technology applications. He has been teaching undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level classes for more than 5 years. He has served as dissertation chair, methodologist, and committee member. He has served as doctoral faculty advisor to doctoral students. He has also previously worked in retail management as well as held leadership positions in the United States Navy as a weapons technician.

Edmund Khashadourian

Dr. Trina Moore

Educational background: EdD in Organizational Change and Leadership, MA of School Administration
Subject matter expertise: Organizational Leadership, Organizational Change and Transformation, Educational Leadership, Principalship, Instructional Leadership, Curriculum and Development, Non-Profit Leadership, Teaching (K-12, Higher Education)
Dissertation title: Practicable Principal Leadership in Low Socioeconomic Elementary Schools (See here)
Research Interests: Organizational Leadership, Organizational Change and Transformation, Educational Leadership, K-12 Education, Higher Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Underserved (At-Risk) Student Populations

Previous Publications
Prior Work Experience

Dr. Trina Moore brings 20 years of combined experience in leadership, teaching, and curriculum development to Westcliff University. Dr. Moore currently serves as the founder and leader of the Restorative Justice Educational Initiative (RJEI) for the educational non-profit Nehemiah Building Corporation. This initiative provides educational advisement and opportunities for underserved students.

Dr. Moore is a highly qualified and licensed principal and curriculum specialist. Her educational experience includes twelve years as a classroom teacher, nine years as an educational advocate, and five years as a school administrator.

Dr. Moore is a K-12 school founder and serves as the founding principal of Nehemiah Enrichment Academy. In higher education, Dr. Moore has been a guest lecturer for the University of Southern California for master and doctoral students in counseling, leadership, and education. She also has international experience as adjunct faculty for the University of Zambia, Copperbelt University, and Mulungushi University in Zambia, Africa. Dr. Moore has a wealth of experience in organizational leadership and behavior, K-12 school leadership, and working with underserved student populations.

Edmund Khashadourian

Dr. Cynthia Worthen

Educational background: EdD Educational Leadership
Subject matter expertise: Organizational Leadership, Adult Learning, Leadership Development
Dissertation title: Executive Women Public Administrators and Leadership Development
Research Interests: Organizational development, organizational leadership, leadership development, strategic management

Previous Publications
Prior Work Experience

Dr. Cynthia Worthen is a Consultant and Adjunct Associate Professor. As a higher education administrator, she has served in the roles of Vice President Academic Affairs at Argosy University, Hawaii and Washington DC and Dean of Academic Affairs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has presented at conferences in student academic success, diversity, and leadership.

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