Capstone Projects

In the recently released external program review report issued by the external evaluator, Dr. Michael Kamen from Southwestern University, the capstone research project was highlighted as a strong asset to the department. Exemplar Capstone Projects are noted here.

Research Briefs

Faculty and Graduate Student Research

Synergistic Leadership Theory

The School Research Clearinghouse

The School Research Clearinghouse is sponsored by the SHSU College of Education and provides information to school districts and universities related to pertinent research of its faculty members that might assist teachers, administrators, counselors, or students.

School Research on Writing Successful Theses and Dissertations

Dr. Fred Lunenburg, Professor and SHSU College of Education Jimmy N. Merchant Scholar, is the Senior Researcher in the Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership.  He and Dr. Beverly J. Irby, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Texas State University System Regents’ Professor, have co-authored a book for graduate students to assist them in developing their research for their theses or dissertations.  The book is Writing a Successful Thesis or Dissertation: Tips and Strategies for Students in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Lunenburg may be contacted at; Dr. Irby may be contacted at

School Research on Teaching Developmental Reading

Dr. Nancy Votteler, Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program in Reading in the SHSU College of Education, has published information on developing readers at the college level.  Her article can be found in the Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2008.  It is titled Transformative Teaching in a Development Reading Program. Dr. Votteler is an expert in special reading needs issues and she may be contacted at

School Research on One-to-One Laptop Initiative

Dr. Robert Maninger, Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at Sam Houston State University, has specific information published on one-to-one laptop usage in the classroom. The paper is titled, Put the Textbooks Away: Preparation and Support for a Middle School One-to-One Laptop Initiative, published by American Secondary Education, Fall, 2009. The findings of his study strongly support the effectiveness of a one-to-one laptop/tablet initiative in a middle school.  For more information on this issue, please contact Dr. Robert Maninger at

School Research on Matching Readers with the Right Books

Dr. Teri Lesesne, Professor in the Department of Library Science in the SHSU College of Education, has written a book, Making the Match, published by Stenhouse Publishers in 2003.  In the book, Dr. Lesesne focuses on three specific actions that will assist teachers and librarians in steering adolescent readers to the literature they love. For more information, email the author at

School Research on Learning Disabilities

Dr. Cynthia G. Simpson, Associate Professor in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations in the Sam Houston State University College of Education, has authored a book with Dr. Vickie Spencer about college students with learning disabilities, College Success for Students with Learning Disabilities.  This should be helpful information for counselors who are working with college-bound students who have been diagnosed with a learning disability.  You may contact Dr. Simpson for more information at