Dissertation Award Recipients
This award is given to Baylor doctoral candidates who exhibit exceptional scholarship, research, and writing. They were chosen from a group of nominees recognized by their departments for the outstanding quality of their work, and then the final award recipients were selected by a committee of graduate program directors.
2022-2023 Outstanding Dissertation Award Recipients
Dr. Shannon Baker, PhD Church Music, Baylor University
Dissertation: “The Mystery, Music, and Markets of Contemporary Worship Songs: An Interdisciplinary Comparison of the CCLI Top 25 and Number-One Songs from 2010-2020”
Dissertation Mentor: Monique Ingalls, PhD
Dr. Shannan Baker is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Music and Digital Humanities at Baylor University where she received her PhD in Church Music. Her research focuses on contemporary worship—its theology, music, and practice in the church. She actively seeks ways to use her research to edify the church and is currently working on a grant-funded project that involves training church music students through contemporary worship workshops. She is a Michigan native, who currently lives in Waco, TX, and serves on the worship team at her local church.
Dr. Annmarie Crum, EdD, Curriculum & Instruction, Baylor University
Dissertation: "An Intersectional Exploration of the STEM-Related Expectancy-Value Beliefs of Young Women of Color: A Comparative Case Study"
Dissertation Mentor: Lakia Scott, PhD
Annmarie Crum graduated in December 2022 from the EdD Learning and Organizational Change program at Baylor University. She has served as an educator for over twenty years in the New Jersey Public School System and has centered her research around promoting equitable learning environments for marginalized student populations. Dr. Crum's transformative worldview focuses on equal opportunities for women of color in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) domains. She has conducted a comparative case study investigating how gender, race, ethnicity, social class, and socioeconomic status shape the perceptions and STEM motivation levels of young women of color. This research aimed to promote institutional-level changes that foster more supportive and equitable STEM learning environments. She has presented at the 2023 AERA Annual Education Conference. Portions of her work will be featured in Palgrave’s upcoming volume entitled Gender Justice: Women’s Rights and Equity. Dr. Crum is passionate about issues surrounding gender equity, and her future goals include administrative positions that allow for curriculum development and further research to act as an advocate for marginalized students.
Dr. Burke Leonce, PhD Geoscience, Baylor University
Dissertation: "Structure-Reactivity Mechanisms Of Organic Matter Sorption And Photochemical Transformation In Aqueous Environments"
Dissertation Mentor: William Hockaday, PhD
Burke Leonce is a Postdoctoral Scientist and Adjunct Professor in the Geological Sciences Department at Texas Christian University. He is primarily interested in understanding how fine-scale biogeochemical interactions influence ecosystem processes at the large scale. Burke enjoys fostering an attitude of scientific inquiry among students whilst conducting research that is of significance to community businesses, industrial corporations, and policymakers. When he is not in office, Burke likes to go sightseeing with his wife and daughter.
- Dr. Caroline Paddock, Department of Philosophy
- Dr. Jonathan Seward, Department of Health Services Research
- Dr. Raegyn Taylor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
- Dr. Brandon Rickabaugh, Department of Philosophy
- Dr. Lexi Pasi, Department of Mathematics
- Dr. Peter Leestma, Department of Information Systems
- Rachel Alexander, Department of Political Science
- Sam Yruegas, Department of Chemistry
- Renae Wilkinson, Department of Sociology
- Kenneth Vaughan, Department of Sociology
- Michael Rawl, Department of English
- Logan Wiest, Department of Geosciences
- Alireza Abdolvahabi, Department of Chemistry
- Laurie Giddens, Department of Information Systems
- Scott Ryan, Department of Religion
- Ahmad Borzou, Department of Physics
- Brendan Payne, Department of History
- Robert A. Thompson, Department of Sociology
- Puzant Balozian, Department of Information Systems
- Sarah Martindale, Department of Psychology/Neuroscience
- Stephen Sims, Department of Political Science
- Logan Gage, Department of Philosophy
- Brandon Martinez, Department of Sociology
- VH Satheeshkumar, Department of Physics
- Mary Mathie, Department of Political Science
- Douglas Moore, Department of Physics