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The Applied Technology & Performance Improvement (ATPI) Doctoral Research Group formed to collaborate and support graduate course work, conference presentations, publication development, and professional development during their ATPI Doctoral Program and beyond graduation. Their goals are to: connect during weekly meetings to discuss current projects, proposals, and general updates; share information and resources from the professional field; engage in professional development workshops, sessions, conferences, and activities; collaborative team wiki workspace and shared writing projects in Google Docs; edit and review current submissions – proposals, papers, conference proceedings, and final publications; and support and learn from one another during the doctoral program. They are currently working on: Sustainability and Organizational Innovation and Learning and Performance Innovation. The group includes the following doctoral students.

Mariya GavrilovaAguilar

Laura Pasquini

Mariya Gavrilova-Aguilar From: Sofia, Bulgaria Expected graduation: May 2013 Career objectives: university professor; training & development manager consultant; non-profit owner Research interests: exploring organizational diversity and organizational creativity; conducting evaluation studies and development HRD assessment instruments Laura Pasquini From: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada Expected graduation: May 2013 Career objectives: educational leadership in higher education and/or faculty; consultant; instructional designer Research interests: studying the effects and impacts of social media and open source learning in higher education; curriculum design and student development. Pamela Scott-Bracey From: Yazoo City, MS Expected graduation: summer 2011 Career objectives: university professor, in addition to serving as a performance improvement consultant for non-profit organizations Research interests: career and technical education; gifted education; professional development

Pamela ScottBracey

Ashwini Joshua From: Mumbai, India Expected graduation: May 2012 Career objectives: university instructor; consultant; T&D/performance improvement specialist Research interests: cross cultural research in training and expatriates; performance improvement, and training evaluation Ashwini Joshua

Denise Philpot From: Flower Mound, TX Career objectives: university professor; HR/T&D consultant Research interests: adult learning and performance improvement; human performance technology and how learning outcomes are measured against desired goals and organizational objectives; teacher quality/instruction/ mentoring/ Denise Philpot


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Medical Centers in the Midwest. David’s dissertation Workplace Violence Prevention Training: An Analysis of Employees Attitudes, was published by VDM Verlag Publishers and translated into three languages. Paul Burton, who holds the PhD in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement, works at Raytheon Company, Plano, TX, where he serves in multiple roles including training manager, project manager, organizational change manager, and Six Sigma Consultant. (Six Sigma is a business management strategy that seeks to improve the quality of process output by identifying and removing causes of errors and minimizing variability in manufactory and business processes.) His activities focus on information technology and working with key departments across the country to deploy critical software systems. Since receiving his PhD in 2000, Bob Catino has served as president of Spectrum Education & Technology Company, a Texasbased consulting firm with international clients and others within the southwest region of the United States. He is a specialist in computerbased and web-based training and education for engineering applications in health care, banking/finance, and defense. Bob has written for International Living on the topic of utilizing distance education and alternative educational programs to educate expatriate students. He is a frequent traveler to the Caribbean and Mexico. Mitzi Lewis, who is employed in the mass communication office at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, is working on her dissertation. ATPI is her minor. “If you are looking for a program where you can apply what Mitzi Lewis you learn to the real world while you are learning it, then this program is for you,” she says. “The program is excellent.” Through this association program, she also has had opportunities to collaborate (and publish) with instructors. Linda Robinson, a professor in the Weatherford (TX) College Business and Computer Information Systems Department, received the EdD in Applied Technology, Training and Development in 2002. Linda Robinson She also serves as an adjunct professor for the Learning Technologies Department. Since graduation, Linda says she has been busy starting her family and now has three children, including a new baby boy born on February 5, 2010.

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