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Applied Dissertation

The applied dissertation is a detailed, accurate, and cohesive account of a scholarly investigation designed to answer a research question directed toward the improvement of practice in education. Research is distinguished by a theory-to-practice model encompassing a diversity of disciplines. Each student is assigned a faculty committee to facilitate and supervise the process.


ADRIANA is an all-encompassing, web-based software application that records all the activities related to the completion of the doctoral dissertation. ADRIANA is used to track doctoral students’ progress through the dissertation process, to provide students with a dissertation support link, and to work as a depository for uploaded documents. Students are required to use ADRIANA for all communications with Dissertation committees. 

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IRB Resources

An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee that reviews and approves research involving human subjects. Our IRB Resources page is designed to provide researchers with the information they need to comply with federal and state regulations for the protection of human subjects in research. Here, you will find information about the IRB process, including how to submit an application, training requirements, and frequently asked questions. You can also download helpful forms and templates. 

IRB Resources

Writing and Preparing the Applied Dissertation

Writing a dissertation is a challenging but rewarding undertaking. It requires a significant amount of time, effort, and dedication. However, there are many resources available to help you succeed in this endeavor. To guide you through this process, we have compiled a comprehensive collection of writing resources that will support you from the initial stages of formulating your research question to crafting a compelling final document. 

Resources for Writing and Preparing Your Dissertation

Dissertation Support Services Course

We have uploaded a plethora of dissertation resources into the Dissertation Support Services (DSS) Canvas course. If you do not have access to the DSS Canvas course please send an email to and request access. Please note: we will use this course to disseminate pertinent information and helpful workshops and resources for the dissertation process.

DSS Canvas Course

Have a Question?

If you have a concern/request about the dissertation process, including questions regarding the dissertation committee, a dissertation benchmark, IRB, format review, etc., please log into ADRIANA and send a message to your DSS Faculty member or send an email to

Director of Dissertation Support Services

Name Email Phone
Jennifer Reeves

(850) 727-8994

DSS Faculty

Name Email Phone
Vanaja Nethi

(954) 262-8603

Alex Edmonds

(954) 262-8586

Steven Hecht

(954) 262-8468


Name Email Phone
Dana Mills, Ph.D.

(954) 262-7818

Research Process Associate/Final Format Review

Name Email Phone
Camille Coke

(954) 262-7857

Dissertation Services Associates (DSAs)

Name Email
David Weintraub

Katrina Pann

Francisco Vital
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