The Office of Graduate Studies serves the graduate education needs of the Fox Valley region through a broad array of degrees, certificates and post-graduate offerings that emphasize educational quality, strong community connections and flexibility in program delivery for learners of many professions.
College of Business
- In June 2011 the MBA program hired the first director, Kathy Hagens, a UW Oshkosh undergraduate and graduate alum, who came directly from the private sector to this important position.
College of Education and Human Services
- The new certificate program, Educational Administration Certificate Program: Principal Licensure, was approved as a part of the Educational Leadership program array.
- The graduate level courses/programs allowing certified teachers to earn add-on licensures in Health Education (910) and Adapted Physical Education (860) are all being offered in an online format.
- The Educational Leadership program revised their Leadership for Social Justice and Athletics Program Leadership certificates.
- Groups of students in Menominee, Lac du Flambeau and Sheboygan took advantage of opportunities to earn a 316 Reading Teacher or 17 Reading Specialist teaching licenses from the MSE-Reading program through unique cohorts receiving instruction in their region of the state.
- The Curriculum and Instruction program implemented e-portfolio and a text analysis of student responses is underway.
- In collaboration with Fox Valley school administrators, the Curriculum and Instruction's Response to Intervention initiative for Classroom Teachers was developed and approved by the Curriculum Committee in fall 2010.
- The Curriculum and Instruction program added two independently planned program emphases. At the time of this report, a combined total of 19 students are enrolled in these two new options.
College of Letters and Science
- The MA in English focused some of their course work on forensics linguistics, a language-based approach to solving legal and law enforcement problems. Future guest speakers to the MA English program have experience as technical advisors to CBS TV's Criminal Minds and violent crime consultants with the Academy Group, Inc.
- MPA faculty Anna Filipova and Karen King are volunteer members of the Evergreen Village Board of Directors.
- Dr. Anna Filipova, of the MPA program, is a volunteer member of United Way's Allocations and Community Investment Committee in Oshkosh.
- Human Resource Management (HRM) MPA students are currently working with the City of Thorp on updated employee compensation formulae and tables.
- MPA students in Public Policy Analysis course conducted citizen surveys for the cities of Oshkosh and Plymouth, WI.
- Policy analyses for Wisconsin communities were conducted by MPA students for Sturgeon Bay (Police/Fire Staffing and contracting out garbage collection, Poynette (utility billing/contracting out yard waste collection), Dunn County (social media policy), Antigo (electronic user policy) and Belleville (succession planning).
College of Nursing
- The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program in the College of Nursing had a successful CCNE Accreditation site visit in April 2010 and the College met all standards.
- The second cohort of Doctor of Nursing Practice students began the program in summer 2011.
- FNP graduates continue to have a 100 percent pass rate on the ANCC Certification exam.
- The College of Nursing's Nurse Educator and Clinical Nurse Leader emphases are 100 percent online, which has contributed to significant enrollment increases.
- The CON has a 100 percent pass rate on the Clinical Nurse Leader certification exam for all graduates.
- The CON initiated a 14-credit post-MSN Clinical Nurse Leader Certificate Program.
- The CON was awarded $39,549 from the Advanced Nursing Educator Traineeship Grant from HRSA.
- Graduate Faculty member Shelly Lancaster was appointed to Wisconsin State Board of Nursing.
Graduate Studies Highlights
- The Office of Graduate Studies in cooperation with the Graduate Council hosted its first ever GradSchool Fest in May 2011. Targeted at UWO undergraduates, the event is an open house for students to learn about graduate studies opportunities at UW Oshkosh. In the future this event will be held during both the spring and fall semesters.
- The Provost approved the position and a search for a part-time graduate dean. The creation of the position was in response to the findings and work during the past two years of the Graduate Education Development Team and the Graduate Council.
- The Office of Graduate Studies established registration procedures with the Science Outreach and EXCEL/ACT offices that utilize the ImageNow optical document storage system and eliminated processing paper forms.
- A first-ever comprehensive market research study conducted by the University's Business Success Center was undertaken in fall and winter 2010-2011. This needs study reached current and prospective students, graduate studies alumni and local and regional employers. The data and results are being used in conjunction with the strategic plan for graduate studies.
Throughout the year a number of graduate students were recognized for their academic work and published and/or presented their research to the public domain:
College of Education and Human Services
- Ms. Myrtle Mahkimetas, 2006 MSE in Curriculum and Instruction graduate, was selected to serve as a master teacher in a state-funded three year project titled Closing the Math Gap of Native American Students Identified as Learning Disabled (CMAG).
College of Letters and Science
Cognitive and Affective Psychology
(Students in bold)
- Han, K. H., Hong, P. Y., Lishner, D. A., & *Huss, E. A. (2011, July). The positive impact of mindful eating on expectations of food liking. Poster presentation at the annual convention at the Second World Congress on Positive Psychology. Philadelphia, PA.
- Lishner, D. A., Vitacco, M. J., Hong, P. Y., Mosely, J., Miska, K., & Stocks, E. L. (In press). Evaluating the relation between psychopathy and affective empathy: Two preliminary studies. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.
- Hong, P. Y., Lishner, D. A., Han, K. H., Huss, E. A. (2011). The positive impact of mindful eating on expectations of food liking. Mindfulness, 2, 103-113.
- Lishner, D. A., & Batson, C. D., Huss, E. A. (2011). Tenderness and sympathy: Distinct other-oriented emotions elicited by different forms of need. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 614-625.
- Lishner, D. A., Swim, E. R., Hong, P. Y., & Vitacco, M. J. (2011). Psychopathy and ability emotional intelligence: Widespread or limited association among facets? Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 129-133.
- Lishner, D. A., Hong, P. Y., Han, K. H., Vitacco, M., J., & Stocks,E. L. (2011). Is impairment in affective empathy a core feature of psychopathy?. Poster accepted for presentation at 12th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, Texas, January.
- Huss, E., Han, K. H., Hong, P. Y., Gum, A. M., Lishner, D. A. (2010). How will I judge you for spending money on treatment? The application of a covert decision-making task to evaluate stigma reactions to seeking mental health care. Poster accepted for presentation at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Francisco, CA, November.
- Herlache, A. D., & Miron, A. M. (2010, May). The effect of clothing color and anxious attachment on anxiety regulation. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Meeting, May 2010, Chicago, IL.
- Herlache, A. D., & Miron, A. M. (2011). The motivating effect of standards of injustice on pro-environmental actions. Conference poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association (May 2011, Chicago, IL).
- Tahlier, M. E., Miron, A. M., & Rauscher, F. H. (2010, May). How sadness and event resolution impact music preference. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Meeting, May 2010, Chicago, IL.
- Kendra Casanova's and Stacey Coy's presentation on Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) phylogeny won third place in the Best Poster competition at the North Central Branch-Entomological Society of America meeting in Minnesota in March, 2011.
- Jessica Dorschner won a "best graduate poster" award in Spring 2011 at UW Oshkosh's Celebration of Scholarship Day for her presentation entitled "Proteome responses of Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002 to high-light intensity and isoprene production via the methyl-erythritol-4-phosphate (MEP) pathway."
- Ryan Koenigs presented a paper about walleye aging and population dynamics at the International Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Seattle, Washington in September, 2011.
- Amaranta Kozuch presented a poster about meadow vole social behavior in captivity at the Animal Behavior Conference at Indiana State University in July 2011.
- George Weir was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Wisconsin Laboratory Association for recognition of hard work and dedication in his field of research.
College of Nursing
- Mike Wolf, DNP student, was the 2010 American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Clinical Instructor of the year.
- Tiffany Laughlin Jones, a May 2011 graduate, was awarded the Research Poster Award for the Celebration of Scholarship day.
- Carissa Meyer, a May 2011 graduate, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation.
- Amy Puls, CON graduate student, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW).