Roger Jason Fuller, Ph.D. is a 2010 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Dissertation Committee

  • Carolyn Kenny, Ph.D., Committee Chair
  • Laurien Alexandre, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Alan Guskin, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Michael Zeldin, Ph.D., External Reader


Study Abroad, Semester Programs, Israel Education, Ethnography, Secondary Education, Web-Based Dissertations, Multimedia, Video, Mixed-Genre, High Schools, Student Leadership, Program Development, Program Evaluation

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This study explored an essential question, "What does the lived experience of students in the Tiferet program mean for them and others?" By exploring the background, implementation, and lived-experiences of two academic-year sophomore cohorts from Milken Community High School in Los Angeles as they lived and participated in a semester study abroad program at the Alexander Muss Institute of Israel Education in Hod HaSharon, Israel, the study shows the impact-of that experience on the students in the program and the school culture at large. The study engaged in a description of the program’s development and evaluation of the lived-experiences as they were reported by students and parents through surveys and video interviews and observed by the researchers. By using a mixed-genre approach and a media-enhanced web site, this study created a sense of the experience of living in Israel for one semester of the sophomore year.

The electronic version of this dissertation is accessible through the OhioLINK ETD Center,

The web link for the original and evolving dissertation is available through The dissertation is best viewed by going to this site. Features are present in the web/blog based version which are not present in the print edition. These features include interactivity and dynamic content. It is best read, viewed and explored via the web/blog experience.