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CANDEL Grads 2008

Graduates of the UC Davis Educational Leadership programThe following students received their Doctorate in Educational Leadership at UC Davis, June 2008:

Kristeen Nellie Abrahamson

“The Challenge of Change: Reinvigorating a Student Learning Outcomes Initiative at a California Community College.”

B.A., San Francisco State University, 1974
B.A., Sonoma State University, 1980
M.A., San Francisco State University, 1976

Ashley Alan Halliday

“To Form a More Perfect Union: An Investigation Into K-12 Collective Bargaining.”

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1976
M.A., Sonoma State University, 1988

William Vernon Karns

“The Transitional Considerations of Traditional Potential Community College Presidents: Fundraising and Other Concerns.”

B.A., California State University, Sacramento, 1971
M.A., California State University, Sacramento, 1974

Kimberlee Susan Messina

“The California Community College Dean: An Endangered Species?”

B.A., California State University, Sacramento, 1985
M.A., California State University, Sacramento, 1987

Charles Gordon Miller

“Elementary School Principals and No Child Left Behind: A Two-Case Comparative Study.”

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1984
M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1986

Rachel Elizabeth Rosenthal

Current Position

President, Folsom Lake College

Research Interests

Current California budget issues


“Those Who Would Not Serve: Factors Influencing Community College Faculty Members’ Interest in Applying for Administrative Positions.”

The purpose of this study was to determine which aspects of entry-level administrative positions serve as incentives and disincentives for full-time faculty members when considering applying for management positions. This study further investigated whether there were differences in motivating and deterrent factors by ethnicity, years of service, faculty positions held, and work location. Two incentive (ability to affect change at a broader level and ability to give back to my department/college) and four disincentive factors (12-month on-campus work schedule, limited contact with students, perceived stress in position, and 40-50 hours per week on campus) were consistently identified throughout all aspects of this study.

Other Degrees

B.S., Oklahoma State University, 1978
M.S., University of California, Davis, 1989
M.A., California State University, Sacramento, 1998

Benny Joe Seaberry, Jr.

“A Case Study of Student and Faculty Satisfaction with Online Courses at Diablo Valley College.”

B.S., University of Oregon, 1988
M.A., California State University, Los Angeles, 1992

Deborah Jeanne Bandur Travis

Current Position

College President, Cosumnes River College

Research Interests

Learning Communities; Student Engagement and Success in Higher Education; Student Equity and Achievement


“Longing for Learning: Exploring Collegial Inquiry as a Dimension of Learning Community Development in Community Colleges.”

This qualitative case study explores the practice of collegial inquiry as a dimension of learning community development among a specific population of adult learners and leaders – academic deans within a large, urban community college environment. Within this study, the enactment of collegial inquiry serves as a “free space (Boyte, 2004)” or a “holding environment (Kegan, 1982)” for the cognitive and social development of the academic deans and as the wellspring for their professional learning community.

Other Degrees

B.A., University of California, Irvine, 1974
M.B.A., California State University, Long Beach, 1980

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