Three Doctoral Candidates Graduate Summer 2021

Congratulations to the three doctoral candidates in the Reich College of Education’s (RCOE) Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership who graduate at the end of the 2021 summer semester: 

  • Rachael Claire Moyer
  • Cliff Poole
  • Josh Silvey

Rachael Claire Moyer

Dissertation Title: Serving Multiple Gods: A Narrative of the Culture of Distributed Instructional Leadership in an IB MYP School

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Alicia Muhamad (chair), James Center for Student Success and Advising; Dr. Matthew Thomas-Reid, Department of Leadership and Educational Studies; and Dr. Boen Nutting, Iredell-Statesville Schools

Cliff Poole

Cliff Poole

Dissertation Title: The Caged Bird Still Sings: A Phenomenological Inquiry Into the Sustaining Elements of a Black Spirituality as Manifest in the Leadership Lives of Black Faculty and Staff at Public Predominantly White Institutions

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Vachel Miller (chair), Department of Leadership and Educational Studies; Dr. PJ Nelsen, Department of Leadership and Educational Studies; and Dr. Roma Angel, Department of Leadership and Educational Studies

“The doctoral program at App State has meant transformation, contemplation, and elevation to me. The program helped me transform my critical thinking on the roles and responsibilities of educational leaders in intellectual and spiritual ways, which led to deep contemplation of my place in academia and the call to vocation.

Awards and Honors:

  • Student Support Award (Appalachian State University, three years in a row)
  • Mentoring Award (Georgia Tech University)
  • BREMCO Scholarship Award
  • Dreamkeeper Award (Appalachian State University Black Faculty and Staff Award)

Conferences and Campus Presentations:

  • NOSS
  • N4A
  • North Carolina Association for Developmental Education
  • South Carolina Association for Developmental Education
  • Louisiana Board of Regents
  • Appalachian State’s Summer Ventures in Science and Math 

Josh Silvey

Josh Silvey

Dissertation Title: Using Internship and Employment Data to Expand Measures of Effectiveness for a Business Career Course

Dissertation Committee: Tracy Goodson-Espy (chair), Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Dr. Tempestt Adams, Department of Curriculum and Instruction; and Dr. Herb Brown, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

“The doctoral program has been a perspective-building experience that pushed me beyond my understanding of educational leadership. I developed new ways of thinking critically as the faculty-guided me through the process of digging up the ground beneath me. Their insights, care, and support changed the way I work, the way I learn, and the way I inquire.”

Cliff Poole and Josh Silvey
Published: Aug 6, 2021 11:59am