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ETDS from 2021

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Predictors of Faculty Retention and Turnover Intent in State System Institutions: An Institution's Work Environment (Organizational Structure) Impacts on Faculty Gender Composition and Intention to Leave or Stay, Joyce Eduful

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Estimating the Impacts of Acculturation on the Health of Immigrants in the United States, Tingting He

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Interrogating the Socio-Ethical Dilemmas of Precision Agriculture Technologies, Ayorinde Ogunyiola

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What am I?": Navigating Running Identity During COVID-19, Joshua Yeager

ETDS from 2020

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Understanding South Dakota Farmers’ Intentions to and Adoption of Conservation Practices: An Examination of the Theory of Planned Behavior, Edem Avemegah

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Ethnicity and Migration ─ The Concentration and Dispersion of Foreign-Born Asians and Hispanics in the United States, Shuang Li

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Rednecks and Hillbillies: A Thematic Analysis of the Construction of Pride and High Self-Esteem Exhibited by Southern Characters, Casey R. White

ETDS from 2019

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Diversification and Its Implications for South Dakota Farmers’ Identity as Farmers: Wind Farm Diversification as a Case Study, Abdelrahim Abulbasher

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The Impact of Location Characteristics on Population Distribution in the United States, Shuruq Alsharif

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Exploring Educational Journeys, Barriers, and Motivating Factors of Tribal College Students through Capabilities Approach, Francis Arpan

Childhood Bullying Impact on the Social Determinants of Adults' Health in Saudi Arabia, Dalal A. Bin Hamden

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Investigation of Intergroup Bias in Two Neuromaturationally Distinct Age Cohorts: An ERP Study, Reuven M. Hanna

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Organizational Forms for Community Collaboration to Confront Homelessness, Suzanne Smith

ETDS from 2018

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Acculturation and Belongingness: The Keys to International Student Satisfaction, Semehar Ghebrekidan

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Extending the Utility of Public Use Microdata, Eric A. Guthrie

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Assessment of the Impacts of Marijuana Legalization in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Michael Lynch

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Understanding City Parks as New Common Pool Resources: A Case Study of the Dakota Nature Park, Keahna Margeson

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Successes and Challenges in Services for Victims of Sex Trafficking: An Organizational Analysis, Annelieke Sinnema

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“The Problem with the Haitians is their Language”: Language as Color-Blind Racism, Ruthie Wienk

ETDS from 2017

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Explaining the Gender Wage Gap in Rural and Urban China, Wei Gu

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Funding of Higher Education: Variations in State Funding, Impacts of State Funding on Differential Tuition, and Variables Impacting Differential Tuition, Michael Holbeck

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Rail Rebound: The Impact of Freight Rails on Regional Development in the United States, 1970-2010, Bishal Bhakta Kasu

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The Transformation of an Agriculture-Based Economy to a Tourism-Based Economy: Citizens' Perceived Impacts of Sustainable Tourism Development, Debra P. Laville-Wilson

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GESI Mainstreaming in Nepal: Representation of a New Concept or Re-presentation of an Old Concept in a New Package?, Umit Shrestha

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Dual Enrollment And Its Impact on College Freshman Persistence: A Modification of Tinto's Model of Student Departure, Douglas L. Simon

ETDS from 2016

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Government Policy and Initiatives on Maternal Mortality Reduction in Nigeria, Enifome U. Eto

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Application of Routine Activities Theory to the Study of Residential Armed Robbery in Ghana, Neeh Nhai Lhayea

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Causes of Alienation Among Black Students at Two Predominantly White Universities, Anton Mighty

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Coping and Adjustment of Spouses of International Students at South Dakota State University, Elizabeth Nayebare

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Identity Theory and Women’s Choice of Medical Specialty, Kelli A. Rolfsmeyer

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Understanding the Factors Associated with Engaged Scholarship: A Case Study of Sociologists in the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, Rebecca Maame Ahima Tachie

ETDS from 2015

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Aspects of Sudanese Traditions Implicated in Intimate Partner Violence Among Sudanese Refugee Community., Abdelrahim Abulbasher

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Factors Impacting Saudi Arabian Students' Attitudes During Their Stay in the United States, Ahmed Alasiri

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Beef is Beef? An Actor-Network Analysis of the 2012 LFTB Food Scare, Trenton Ellis

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An Investigation of Rural Entrepreneurship Development at County Level: Opportunities for Rural Communities in South Dakota, Joy K. Kobia

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Acculturation and Parenting-- Exploring Intergenerational Conflicts in Chinese Immigrant Families in Rural South Dakota, Shuang Li

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Commercial Motorcycle (Boda Boda) Riders and the Production of Space in Kampala City, Uganda, Marion M. Mugisha

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The Superstore Next Door : The Effects of "Growth Machine" Interests, Controversial Land-use Procedures, and Place Meanings on Local Attitudes in the Rural-urban Fringe, Jonathan R. Wallner

ETDS from 2014

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Critical Thinking in Higher Education, Tyson Abbott

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Windswept in Middle America: Attitudes, Values, and Expectations for Underdeveloped Utility-Scale Wind Projects in South Dakota, Joshua Fergen

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Pro-and-anti Immigration Activities in Iowa's 4th Congressional Districts: A Community Capitals Framework Perspective, Anne Junod

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Undercount and Underrepresentation of American Indians in the Quality of Life Survey, Mary Killsahundred

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'As a Women, As a Mother, As a Farmer': Understanding Women's Agricultural Practices, Perceptions and Adaption to Climate Change in the Upper Midwest, Erin Kline

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Who Am I? Who Am I Supposed to Be? First Generation Graduate Student Experiences of Identity Negotiation, Nicole B. Lounsbery

ETDS from 2013

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A Mixed Methods Study of Student Horizontal and Vertical Networking and Associated Impacts on Student Performance, Jake Cummings

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Food Consumption Similarities and Differences for Two Types of Jamaican Households, Denise A. Gochenouer

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Pundit Wars: An Investigation Into the Pragmatics of News Talk Programs, Samuel M. Claster

ETDS from 2009

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Factors Affecting Student Voeter Candidate Preference in the 2008 Presidential Election, Tonya R. Hohenthaner

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Cinematic Love Stories: A Model to Accomplish Love, Kristi Denise Treviño

ETDS from 2007

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Human Development Ranking: Predictors and Implications for Haiti, Jean Michel Basquin

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An Examination of the Effects of Selected Variables on Student Performance in an Undergraduate Course, Jake Cummings

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South Dakota High School Instructional Personnel and the Level of Commitment to Distance Learning Technology, Omer William Durfee

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A Structural Symbolic Interactionist Explanation of Attitudes Toward Unwanted Pursuit Behaviors, Lorne D. Gibson

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Social Class and Social Capital: An Integrated Theory of Community College Academic Achievement, Cheryl J. Hartman

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Another Look at Gender in Prime-Time Television, Jan Carolyn Kircher

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Intimate Relationship Communication : Response Patterns in Marital Sexual Relations, Leretta May Smith

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Structural Constraints and Obstacles: A Rational Choice and Open Systems Approach to Rural Poverty and Making Ends Meet, Cynthia Kae Wasberg

Theses/Dissertations from 2006

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Prayer for Health Reasons Among Black Americans, Ross A. Davis

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The Diffusion of Internet Technology in Rural Minnesota : An Empirical Study, Susan M. Jones

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Elder Abuse : Perceptions and Knowledge, Carole A. Kiecker

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Factors Contributing to the Growth of a Small Town, David P. Olson

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Role Identity Formation of Occupational Therapy Students, Denise A. Rotert

ETDS from 2004

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Students' Bond to Their School and Interscholastic Athletics in a Consolidated School, Rosalee Dallman

ETDS from 2003

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Students' Perceptions of Professors Credibility: Does Professors' Use of Technology and Students' Characteristics Influence Students' Perceptions of Professors' Credibility?, Karam Adibifar

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Volunteer Police Reserve Officers: An Identity Theory Perspective, Susan M. Hilal

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A Symbolic Interactionist Approach to Transgendered Identities: Identity Salience in a Sample of Cross-Gendered Males, Anna E. Netterville

ETDS from 2002

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Powwow Drum Singers: An Exploratory Study, Ellen M. Baird

ETDS from 2001

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An Examination of Roles and Identities of the Farm Population Within Beadle, Brookings, Hamlin, Lake, and McCook Counties of South Dakota, Terry A. Nelson

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State University-Tribal College Collaboration What Works, What Does Not, and Why, Timothy J. Nichols

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The Discourse of Popular Culture: The Social Construction of Reality Through Everyday Talk About Television, Beth Tracton

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Managing Dissent: The Mass Media and American Labor Unions, Bill J. Wright

ETDS from 2000

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Extremist Groups of the Midwest: A Content Analysis of Internet Websites, Brenda Donelan

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Farmers' Choice of Conservation Wetland Practices, Randall K. Rogers

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The Gendered World of Disney: A Content Analysis of Gender Themes in Full-length Animated Disney Feature Films, Beth A. Wiersma

ETDS from 1999

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The Social Construction of Gender as Represented in Popular Fiction, 1990-1997, Laura E. Calmenero

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Returning to Traditional Beliefs and Practices: A Solution for Indian Alcoholism, Elden Lawrence

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The Interaction of Relationship Duration and Behavioral Strategies in Acquaintance Rape Situational Definitions, Barry L. Spriggs

ETDS from 1998

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Girl Scout Volunteer Leader Retention: An Issue of Self-Role Merger, Linda Ann Brandt

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Determinants of Members' Willingness to Participate in a Local Environmental Organization, Tonya R. Haigh

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Ethnicity, Education and Empowerment: Identity Construction Among Minority Students in Southwestern China, Maryjo Benton Lee

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Freshmen Values and Educational Expectations: A Test of an Extension of Kohn's Model, Marcey A. Moss

ETDS from 1997

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Higher Education in Rural America : A Study of Northern Plains American Indian and Non-Indian Attitudes, Aspirations, Expectations, and Perceived Barriers, Marta Albertus Brosz Mohr

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Parental Involvement of African-American Fathers in Dual-Earner Families, Mark Alan Edwards

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The Agenda-Setting Process of a Daily Newspaper: A Case Study, Elizabeth Evenson Williams

ETDS from 1996

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An Assessment of the Impact of Student Pre-College Characteristics and First-Year Experiences on College Freshman Persistence, Joann E. Abbott

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Socioeconomic and Cultural Factors Relating to Fertility: A Ghanaian Level Test of the Contextual Theory of Fertility, Roger W.Y. Klomegah

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American Widowers with School-age Children : An Exploratory Study of Role Change and Role Conflict, Douglas Edward O'Neill

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Explaining County Suicide Rates in Minnesota and Iowa, Beth Tracton

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An Application of Melvin Kohn's Social Class-parental Values Model in a Rural Context, Sue T. Wika

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An Assessment of the Relationship Between Income and Power in American Marriages, Bill J. Wright

ETDS from 1995

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Prosecutorial Perceptions of "Battered Woman Syndrome": An Analysis of the Sociology of Law, Glenda Faye Jurke

ETDS from 1994

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Determinants of Receptivity to Innovate Change: "Focus on Educational Improvement", Carol J. Cumber

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An Evaluation of Social Control Theory as a Means of Explaining Participation in Project DARE, Joann H. Jorgensen

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A Community's Assessment of the "Year of Reconciliation" Indian and Non-Indian Views, Donna M. Osment-Epp

ETDS from 1993

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An Assessment of Factors Related to the Continued Criminal Behavior of Female Felons, Thomas Allen

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Why 22% for Ross Perot? A Political Sociological Analysis of the 1992 Presidential Election, Mary Anne Bennett

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An Examination of the Relationship Between Commitment Patterns of Dual-Earner Couples to Work and Family Role-Sets and Role Strain, Melodie Lynne Lichty

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Fertility Behavior of Married Couples in Peninsular Malaysia, Sundramoorthy Pathmanathan

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Alaskan Native Suicide, Karl T. Pfeiffer

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Life Satisfaction of Nursing Home Elderly, Harriet Scott