Distinguished Dissertation Award Recipients

The International Society for Performance Improvement is proud to honor excellence in student research through our Distinguished Dissertation Awards. The initiative is funded by the Society’s Research Committee. In addition to a monetary honorarium, recipients are asked to submit a manuscript based on their dissertation for consideration in Performance Improvement Quarterly and encouraged to submit a proposal to for ISPI’s Annual Conference.

2017

First Place
In-Gu Kang 
Empirical Testing of a Human Performance Model: Understanding Success in Federal Agencies Using Second-Order Structural Equation Modeling
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Barbara Bichelmeye
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Second Place
Patti Radakovich
The Relationship between Organizational Culture, Intrinsic Motivation, and Employee Performance
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ingrid Guerra-Lopez, PhD
Wayne State University

Third Place

Steve Stull
A Study of Performance Improvement Factors in Afghan Businesses
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kevin Freer
Capella University

2014

First Place
Patricia A Glines-Kotecki
Building Organizational Capability: A Study of Knowledge Management Practices, Reasons, and Results
Patricia A. Glines-Kotecki, PhD
Faculty Sponsor: Kenneth Silber, PhD
Capella University

Second Place
Anne Blake, PhD
An Empirical Examination and Metaevaluation of the Impact Evaluation Process
Faculty Sponsor: James Moseley, EdD, CPT
Wayne State University

Third Place
Sung Pil Kang, PhD
Validation of Key Stages of the International Society for Performance Improvement Human Performance Technology Model
Faculty Sponsor: James Pershing, PhD, CPT
Indiana University at Bloomington

2011

First Place
Holly J. Burkett, CPT, PhD, SPHR
Change Capacity as a Determinant of Sustainable ROI Implementation in Human Resource Development Practice
Faculty Co-Sponsors: Patti Phillips, PhD, and Cyndi Gaudet, PhD
The University of Southern Mississippi

Second Place
Robert W. Lion, PhD
A Study of Performance Support for Higher Education Faculty Teaching Web-based Courses
Faculty Sponsor: John Klocinski, PhD
Capella University

Third Place
Michael L. Patterson, EdD
An Examination of Supervisory Support as a Factor Affecting Training Transfer in a Sales Organization
Faculty Sponsor: Mark Allen, PhD
Pepperdine University

2008

First Place:
Frank Nguyen, PhD
The Effects of an Electronic Performance Support System (EPSS) and Training as Performance Interventions
San Diego State University

Second Place:

Kimfong (Jason) Lei, PhD
Development and Validation of a Cross-Disciplinary Team Learning Model
JetBlue

Third Place:

Timothy R. Brock, PhD
Training NASA Astronauts for Deep Space Exploration Missions: A Research Study to Develop and Validate a Competency-Based Training Framework
Lockheed Martin

2016

First Place
Logan Fiorella, PhD
Effects of Observing the Instructor Draw Diagrams on Learning from Multimedia Messages
Faculty Sponser: Richard E. Mayer, PhD
University of California, Santa Barbara

Second Place

Shelby Danks, PhD
Measuring Culture of Innovation: A Validation Study of the Innovation Quotient Instrument
Faculty Sponsor: Rose Baker, PhD
University of North Texas

Third Place
Karen Hicks, PhD
Construct Validation of a Learning & Talent Development Strategic Alignment Scale
Faculty Sponsor: Ingrid Guerra-Lopez, PhD
Wayne State University

2013

First Place
Martin Lauzier, PhD
Interactive Effect of Modeling Strategies and Goal Orientations on Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Training Outcomes
Faculty Sponsor: Robert R. Haccoun, PhD
University of Montreal

Second Place
William R. Levacy, PhD
Asian Indian Perspectives: Cultural Competencies Needed to Work Effectively With Americans on Intercultural Project Teams
Faculty Sponsor: Keith J. Johansen, PhD
Capella University

Third Place
Joseph A. Huber, PhD
Building an Army: A Corollary Study of Group Interaction and Group Productivity
Faculty Sponsor: Darlene Van Tiem, PhD
Capella University

2010

First Place:
Ramaswamy Vadivelu, PhD 
A Cross Cultural Analysis of Human Performance Technology Interventions
Faculty Sponsor: James D. Klein, PhD
Arizona State University 

Second Place:
Edward Nathan, PhD 
Critical Success Factors: How One Multinational Company Develops Global e-Learning
Faculty Sponsor: Keith J. Johansen, PhD
Capella University 

Third Place:
Pamela Robinson, PhD 
A Level 4 Evaluation of a Structured On-the-Job Operator Training Intervention at a North American Paper Mill
Faculty Sponsor: Barbara A. Bailey, PhD
Capella University 

 
Special thanks to all 2010 participants! 
Claudia Barnett, PhD 
John Buford, PhD 
Stephanie Fuentes, PhD 
Zulma Hernandez Agosto, PhD 
Edward Nathan, PhD 
Pamela Robinson, PhD 
Paul Sabourin, PhD 
Ramaswamy Vadivelu, PhD

 

2015

First Place 
Minjing Duan, PhD
Examining the Applicability of Action Research in the Practice of Human Performance Technology: Evidence from Exemplary Cases
Indiana University

Second Place 
Carlos Antonio Viera, PhD
School Counselors and Advisors Using Data-Driven Decision-Making: Identification and Analysis of Barriers and Enablers
Capella University

2012

First Place
William L. Solomonson, CPT, PhD
A Mediated Model of Trust and Its Antecedents in the Client-Consultant Relationship
Faculty Sponsor: Ingrid Guerra-Lopez, PhD
Wayne State University

Second Place
Kristina Stillsmoking, PhD
A Delphi Study into the Efficacy of Clinical Simulation Performance Assessment in Credentialing Healthcare Providers
Faculty Sponsor: Jaime Barron, PhD
Mentor: Paul Hardt, EdD
Capella University

Third Place
Darryl C. Draper, PhD
The Instructional Effects of Knowledge-Based Community of Practice Learning Environments on Student Achievement and Knowledge Convergence
Faculty Sponsor: Susan M. Land, PhD
Pennsylvania State University

2009

First Place:
David G. Gliddon, PhD
Forecasting a Competency Model for Innovation Leaders Using a Modified Delphi Technique 
Pennsylvania State University 

Second Place:
Donna C. Crossman, PhD
The Impact of Safety Culture on Worker Motivation and the Economic Bottom Line
Capella University

Third Place:
Maria S. Kokas, PhD
An Exploration of Factors Involved in Workers Making Meaning of Job Searches After Layoff
Wayne State University