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Dr. Michele Joleen Dickey-Kotz, third from left, who recently completed the University of Missouri/Northwest cooperative doctorate program, has received the Dan H. Cockrell Dissertation Award. Also pictured (from left): Dr. Phil Messner, Northwest professor of educational leadership; Dr. Joyce Piveral, Northwest chair of the Department of Educational Leadership; and Dr. Dan Cockrell, the MU professor for whom the award is named.

May 26, 2009

Educational leadership doctoral graduates recognized

Four graduates of the cooperative doctoral program in educational leadership offered by the University of Missouri-Columbia in association with Northwest Missouri State University recently received their degrees during ceremonies on the MU campus in Columbia. In addition, Dr. Michele Joleen Dickey-Kotz, who received her Ed.D. through the program at the end of the fall 2008 semester, is the recipient of the Dan H. Cockrell Dissertation Award.

The award, established in 2004 in honor of Dr. Dan Cockrell, who served for many years as a professor with the statewide cooperative Ed.D. program, recognizes outstanding research in the field of educational leadership by Ed.D. candidates.

Dickey-Kotz, whose dissertation is titled "Self-reported Change in First Year College Student Self Concept as Measured by the CIRP and YFCY," is an assistant professor of education at Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa.

Spring 2009 graduates of the Northwest-MU cooperative doctorate program are listed below along with their dissertation titles:

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