David S. Benders, PhD

Full Professor, Graduate School

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Areas of Expertise:

  • Special education
  • Psychology
  • Research methods ​

Education:

  • M.A. in Psychology, Union College,  Barbourville, KY - 2017
    • Specialization:  General Psychology
    • 18 Graduate hours in Special Education 
  • Ph.D., Walden University, Minneapolis, MN -  2009
    • Specialization:  Education
    • Dissertation Topic:  An Exploratory Case Study of Income on   Upward Bound Student Academic Achievement"
  • M.A. in Education Administration, Xavier University, New Orleans, LA - 2000
    • Specialization:  Supervision of Instruction
  • B.S. in Political Science, Richard Stockton College, Pomona, NJ - 1997
    • Specialization:  Pre-Law
    • Minor:  African American Studies

Dissertation:

  • Upward Bound: An Exploratory Study of Academic Achievement Challenges of Program Participants

Research Areas of Interest:

  • ​African American Leadership; Academic teaching strategies to improve learning, Educational Theory; Academic Achievement Disparity, Poverty Issues, Income Studies, Student Resiliency, and the African American Male

Publications:

  • Benders, D. (2015). Big Giant Monsters. CreateSpace Independent Publishing. ISBN-10: 1512132357
  • Benders, D & Craft, T. (2015). The Effect of Flexible Small Groups on Math Achievement in First Grade. Network for Online Teacher Journal. 18(1)
  • Benders, D. (2013). Role of Socioeconomics in Education.  International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice.  1(1). 38-44. DOI: 10.13189/ijrh.2013.010107
  • Benders, D. (2013). Staff Motivation: Critical Analysis to Create Effective Working Environment.  Universal Journal of Management 1(2): 93-96, DOI: 10.13189/ujm.2013.010208
  • Benders, D. (2013). Approach to Effective Practice Strategies in Music. Sports and Art. 1(2). 46-48. DOI: 10.13189/saj.2013.010204

Professional Experience:

  • 2016 to 2018                   Grand Canyon University              Senior Dissertation Adjunct Faculty
  • 2010 – 2018                    Liberty University                         Assistant Professor of Graduate Studies
  • 2009 – 2017                    Union College                               Assistant Professor
  • 2006 to 2009                   Kentucky State University               Assistant Professor
  • 2005 to 2006                   Midway College                            Director
  • 2002 to 2005                   Loyola University                          Program Services Coordinator
  • 2002 to 2002                   Tulane University                          Program Services Coordinator
  • 2000 to 2002                   Dillard University                          Coordinator of Student Initiatives