Learn More About Dr. Amanda Rockinson

Words From Colleagues & Students

“There are professionals in this world that are high-performing individuals in the top 90 to 98 percentile. These are great people to have on your team. BUT, then there are ALL-STARS—the proverbial unicorns of education and of business—that function in the top 1 to 2 percentile. Dr. Amanda Rockinson-Szapkiw is one of those few all-stars.
– Michael, Colleague

“Rockinson-Szapkiw has been such an inspiration to me in everything that she does. She’s not only a dissertation chair but a female mentor and a role model for balancing service, research, and family, as well. Her knowledge regarding research and the dissertation process is exceptional to say the least. I do not feel that I would have made it this far into the process without her. What an asset!”
– Student, EDUC 989 Dissertation Seminar

“Q’s efficiency was appreciated. The turnaround time on assignment feedback was spectacular. She has far surpassed any other professor I have had so far in the department. Not only was her turnaround time amazing she provided thoughtful feedback that made me evaluate my research plan.”
– Student, EDUC 798 Advanced Research and Writing

“I was impressed with your organization of the dissertation process at LU.  I completed my degree at the University of Central Florida which as a large College of Education (135 residential professors) and feel that the use of Sharepoint to communicate and collaborate among the committee members and student is a much better system than the one I was subjected to. I believe the LU system has several features in place which will be helpful to assuring that students produce a quality dissertation.  I’m looking forward to working with you in the future.”
– Nathan, Faculty

“Szapkiw’s patience and encouragement in this statistics class was that of a saint. She maintained a balance of compassion and rigor and she demonstrated an exemplary model of student teacher engagement. The presentations by Dr. Szapkiw demonstrating SPSS usage were excellent!”
– Student, EDUC 812: Advanced Statistics

“I have made more progress on my dissertation in the past 7 weeks than I have in the past two years under Dr. Szapkiw’s guidance.”
– Student, EDUC 980 Dissertation Prospectus Development, Quantitative

“Szapkiw was encouraging and kind, while being evaluative and scholarly. She provides clear feedback and is willing to go the extra mile to assist students in understanding research and developing quality plans for their dissertations. Research methods is her expertise, yet she explains research in a way a novice can understand. I cannot begin to say enough positive things about her and what this course has done for my mental state in this doctoral process.”
– Student, EDUC 919: Advanced Professional Writing and Research

“She is the best teacher I’ve worked with! She is Very analytical Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about her subject (statistics).She is also challenging.”
– Student, EDUC 712: Advanced Statistics

“Szapkiw is a caring teacher, very responsive, and displays the characteristics of an educational leader. The material is difficult but the teacher is awesome! She has excellent communication skills, is very professional, and graded critically but fairly.”
– Student, EDUC 639 Trends and Issues in Educational Technology