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MPA Graduates Starting New Positions

January 31, 2019
  • Kelsey Finke, MPA, has started a new position as Analyst, Project Management at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Congratulations!
  • Anthony Rux, MPA, has started a new position as Network Coordinator Associate at City of Milwaukee. Congratulations!

Congratulations to our MPA Graduates

December 15, 2018

Graduates Fall 2018

Fall 2018 Graduates: David Miles, Jill Grennan, Emily Grover, Cynthia Anderson, Menna Garedew, and Famo Toure (from left to right)

MPA Graduates 2018

An MPA Graduate Featured in Oshkosh Today

December 10, 2018
  • Oshkosh Today published an article about one of our graduates, Menna Garedew, and her diverse roles and contributions! The article is available at this website.

An MPA Student Landed an Internship in the City of West Bend

November 29, 2018
  • The MPA student, Bryant Jacobs, has accepted an internship position with the City of West Bend! Congratulations!

MPA Alumni Successes

November 19, 2018
  • Shawna Kuether has become the Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources at UW Oshkosh.
  • Cody Kivisto has been promoted to Interim Nursing Home Administrator at Atrium Health & Senior Living.
  • Candice Skenandore has been promoted to Self-Governance Coordinator at Oneida Nation.
  • Piersen Bowman has started a new position as Global HR Services Lead at Oshkosh Corporation.

An MPA Student Becomes a Board Member of LeaderEthics-Wisconsin 

September 22, 2018
  • The MPA student, Jill Grennan, has become a member of the Board of LeaderEthics-Wisconsin, a non-partisan/non-profit organization which mission is "promoting integrity in the American Democracy through ethical leadership practices among elected officials."

Dr. Ford Delivered a Presentation at the Dean's Symposium on Campus 

September 20, 2018
  • Dr. Michael Ford delivered a presentation on Milwaukee's School Voucher Legacy at the Dean's Symposium on campus. In his presentation Dr. Ford shared his research on the many aspects of Milwaukee's longstanding private school voucher program.  He discussed school failure, student performance, and the broad challenges brought on by governance fragmentation in public education.  The presentation generated interest to those seeking to better understand school choice policies in Wisconsin and beyond.

An MPA Student Promoted to Deputy Director Position at the Wisconsin Resource Center 

September 17, 2018
  • The MPA student, Sue DeHaan, accepted the position of Deputy Director at the Wisconsin Resource Center effective May 27th. Congratulations!

An MPA Student Wins a Grant 

September 17, 2018
  • The MPA student, Said Hassan, wrote a grant for after school program for Community Services Agency Inc. The agency received $11,500 from the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation for 2018-2019 school year. Said Hassan attributes this to the skills he acquired in his MPA class in grant writing. Congratulations!

An MPA Student Completed an Internship Program through the State of WI 

September 14, 2018
  • The MPA student, Jackie Rietmann, completed the Summer Affirmative Action Internship Program through the State of Wisconsin this summer 2018. She was placed at Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, WI. Congratulations!

Dr. Ford Did an Invited Research Talk in Washington D.C.

September 13, 2018
  • Dr. Ford did an invited research talk entitled, "Learning from School Choice in Milwaukee" at the Center for Advancing Opportunity (CAO) in Washington D.C. The CAO's mission is to assist faculty and students interested in exploring the removal of barriers to opportunities in fragile communities.

The Public Administration Department Co-Sponsors the ELGL Event!

September 13, 2018
Local Government Leaders Presenting at the Event
  • The ELGL Inspire event was held on the University of Wisconsin campus, September 13, 2018 in Gruenhagen Center. Speakers  included local government professionals from Wisconsin local governments. Students had the opportunity to learn from practitioners, connect with them about future potential internships and jobs, and learn more about finding a local government job after graduation. About Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL).
The MPA Student, Menna Garedew (L) Talks with Local Government Leaders
Menna & Dr. Fil

Dr. Larson's New Service on Campus!

September 6, 2018
  • Dr. Samantha Larson has accepted an invitation to serve on theSustainability Institute for Regional Transformations Advisory Board beginning in Fall 2018. 
  • She is also serving on an Executive Committee with faculty from several other departments which is tasked with planning and organizing the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management which will be held on campus in June 2019.

Dr. Filipova Delivered a Presentation at International Conference in Portugal!

September 6, 2018
Pres Porto
  • Dr. Filipova delivered a presentation titled, "The Impact of Nurse-Patient Direct-to-Consumer Advertising Communication on Healthcare Outcomes" at the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare 2018, organized by the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare and the International Association for Communication in Healthcare (ICCH), held at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, September 1-4, 2018. 
Uni of Porto
University of Porto, Faculty of Engineering
Uni Porto
University of Porto 

Dr. Ford Received the 2018 COLS Community Engagement Award!

September 4, 2018
  • Dr. Michael Ford received the 2018 College of Letters and Science Community Engagement Award, presented during the College meeting on opening day, Tuesday, September 4, 2018 in the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center. Acting Dean, Colleen McDermott, thanked him for his work to promote the College's efforts in delivering an exemplary liberal arts education for the benefits of students.

Dr. Filipova's Promotion and New Service on Campus!

September 1, 2018
  • Dr. Filipova has been promoted to the rank of Professor, effective September 1st
  • This academic year, she was invited to serve as member of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Senator on the Academic Policy Committee. 
  • She was also elected Chair of the COLS Tenure and Renewal Committee and appointed to serve on the Faculty Development Board as COLS representative for three years. 

An MPA Graduate Became an Administrator in a Healthcare Facility 

July 5, 2018
  • The MPA graduate, Cody Kivisto, started a new position as Administrator in Training at Atrium Health & Senior Living. Congratulations!

MPA Students Presented City of Oshkosh Survey Results in Dr. Larson's MPA 721 Public Policy Class 

May 13, 2018
City of Oshkosh
  • MPA students presented the City of Oshkosh Survey Results in Dr. Larson's MPA 721 Public Policy class!

MPA Students Presented Field Projects in Dr. Filipova's MPA 723 Organization Theory & Practice Class 

May 13, 2018
MPA 723
  • The MPA Student, Mikko Hilvo, presented the field project, "Managing Organizational Change and Innovation within the City of Cedarburg Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department"
  • The MPA student, Katharine Schlieve, presented the field project, "Becoming a High Performance Local Government Organization: City of Waupun, WI"

Many Congratulations to Our 13 MPA Graduates!

May 13, 2018
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Rebekah Braun, MPA
Elizabeth DuMez, MPA
Matthew Breska, MPA
Heather Elsner, MPA
Queen Etta, MPA
Jennifer Gauthier, MPA
Jeffrey Her, MPA
Aaron Jackson, MPA
Colby Mills, MPA
Chibuzo Okonkwo, MPA
Matthew Stenerson, MPA
Roger Wescott, MPA
Jeremy Weso, MPA


An MPA Student is the Recipient of Coulee Region Professional Women Scholarship

May 1, 2018
  • The MPA student, Jill Grennan, is the Recipient of Coulee Region Professional Women Scholarship. The Mission of Coulee Region Professional Women (CPRW) is to promote the professional, educational, cultural, and social advancement of all women. Members with diverse backgrounds join together to provide opportunities for women to grow personally and professionally through education, leadership training, and networking support. As a previous (2017) scholarship recipient Jill Grennan continues to be a strong representation of what CRPW stands for. As a non-traditional student, Jill works full-time as an Executive Assistant at Western Technical College while completing her MPA degree at UW Oshkosh. Congratulations!
  • Thirteen MPA graduates 

2018 Stephen Hintz MPA Awardee!

April 28, 2018
  • The MPA Student, Jennifer Gauthier, who is graduating this 2018 spring semester, was awarded with the Stephen Hintz MPA Award at the University Honors and Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 27, 2018. Jennifer noted, "Thank you for everything and I'm so thankful for the MPA program. I value face-to-face learning and actual classes, and I'm so thankful that UW Oshkosh is able to offer this to non-traditional students.  It was a very rich learning experience for me..." Congratulations, Jennifer, on a well-deserved recognition of your achievements! 
                            Award Ceremony 2018

An MPA Student Receives the Community Health Education Memorial Scholarship Award

April 26, 2018
  • The MPA student, Brenna Root, has been chosen to receive the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards 2018 Community Health Education Scholarship award for her contributions to Public Health in Wisconsin. The award will be presented to Brenna Root at the 2018 Annual Public Health Conference, which theme is "Leading the Evolution of Public Health", in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, May 23. Congratulations!

Dr. Filipova Completes the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program

April 13, 2018
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  • The University of Wisconsin System awarded certificate to Dr. Anna Filipova in recognition of successful completion of the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars Program and for contributions to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, in Madison, Wisconsin, on April 11, 2018. 

An MPA Student Helps a Nonprofit Agency Win a Grant

April 11, 2018
  • The MPA student, Crystal Soderman, wrote a grant proposal for Fit Oshkosh’s Color-Brave Community Conversations and Reads Program as part of her required assignment for MPA 797 Grants Writing for Government and Nonprofit Organizations course in the fall semester. The grant proposal was for $1,000 to support this program over the course of one year. Fit Oshkosh was awarded this grant in March of 2018. The funds will be used for general program costs and to purchase books for the reads. Fit Oshkosh is a local nonprofit dedicated to building a welcoming and inclusive community and to helping the region grow and thrive in an increasingly complex, multicultural, global economy. The Color-Brave Community Conversations and Reads Program, specifically, is dedicated to providing community members with a safe and supportive environment to discuss race, racial equity, and social justice.

Dr. Filipova Awarded a Faculty Development Research Project Grant 

April 10, 2018
  • Dr. Filipova was awarded with a Faculty Development Research Project Grant by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's Office of Sponsored Programs and Faculty Development. The grant would support her research on provider-patient relationships and communication patterns in diverse health care facilities in the state.

An MPA Alumnus Started a New Position

April 5, 2018
  • The MPA Alumnus, Joe Stephenson, started a new position as Associate Planner at the City of Menasha. Congratulations!

Dr. Filipova is Reappointed for a Second Three-Year Term to Serve as Department Chair

April 4, 2018
  • Dr. Anna Filipova was appointed to serve as Chairperson of the Department of Public Administration for a three-year term, beginning on June 1, 2018 through June 2021.

An MPA Student Accepted the County Administrator Position in Menominee County

April 1, 2018
  • The MPA student, Jason Carviou, accepted the County Administrator position in Menominee County. The county is located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and has a population of about 20,000. The City of Menominee is the county seat. The County Administrator reports to and serves at the direction of the County Board. The position provides the County Board with research, analysis, and recommendations to support Board policy-making. The County Administrator oversees, either directly or through department supervisors, the staff of departments over which the County Board has jurisdiction. Mr. Carviou will officially be starting with Menominee County on April 9th. Congratulations!

An MPA Student Meets with Senator Ron Johnson 

March 13, 2018
                                          Jill and Senator
                                                    Senator Johnson (L) and Jill and her father (M)
  • Jill Grennan, an MPA student, had an opportunity to meet with Senator Ron Johnson together with dairy farmers on March 10, 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss Agriculture/Dairy policy. Following the footsteps of her father, Jill is a strong advocate and supporter of small, dairy farms that are true to the organic label, follow the laws and rules and that want the best for both the consumers and farmers. Jill noted that during the meeting with Senator Johnson, farmers expressed concern that there were many large diaries in Colorado that were not living up to the integrity of the organic label and that policies need to be changed to make those accountable. Jill is very proud with her family business and their shared values of hard work, small batches, and quality. Jill shared a link ( that introduces the Creamery manufacturing plant and Distribution Center. Check out the video for a tour of one of the oldest dairy cooperatives in Wisconsin and the USA.

Faculty Deliver Presentations at the 2018 National ASPA's Conference in Denver

March 13, 2018
  • Dr. Larson delivered the presentation titled, "Participatory Photo Mapping to Advance Social Equity at the Rural-Urban Continuum," organized by the American Society for Public Administration, Denver, CO, March 13, 2018.
  • Dr. Ford delivered a co-authored presentation titled, "Governance in Small Municipalities: Challenges and Opportunities," organized by the American Society for Public Administration, Denver, CO, March 11, 2018.

Dr. Samantha Larson's Recent Publication

March 6, 2018

An MPA Student Interns in the City of Monona

February 14, 2018
  • The MPA student, Geoffrey Kumah, was selected to pursue an internship opportunity with the City of Monona. He would be working on projects related to a full array of city services, including some not found in every city like community media, recreation and public transit. Congratulations!

Many Congratulations to All MPA Graduates

December 16, 2017

MPA Graduates Fall 17

Dr. Mike Ford with MPA Graduates after the 2017 Fall Commencement

Nicholas Brewer, MPA
Lawrence Rabon, MPA
Benjamin Krumenauer, MPA
Crystal Strosahl, MPA
Joey Kunde, MPA
Matthew Stenerson, MPA

Dr. Filipova Delivers a Presentation at an International Conference 

October 12, 2017
  • Dr. Filipova delivered a presentation titled, "Direct-to-Consumer Advertising Effects on Nurse-Patient Relationship, Authority, and Prescribing Appropriateness" at the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare & Health Literacy Annual Research Conference, organized by the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, Baltimore, MD, October 9, 2017.

The Department Identified New Mission, Vision, and Values 

September 13, 2017

Faculty Deliver Presentation to Nonprofit Leaders

September 5, 2017
  • Drs. Ford, Filipova and Larson delivered a presentation, “Developing and Honing Your Leadership Skills as a Nonprofit Professional," during the Collaboration Workgroup Planning Committee organized by United Way in JP Coughlin Center.

An MPA Student Awarded with a Graduate Student Scholarship 

July 19, 2017
  • The MPA student, Lawrence Rabon, was awarded with the Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship by the American College of Healthcare Executives. The scholarship is designated for students enrolled in their final year of healthcare management program. The scholarship is worth $5,000. Congratulations, Rabon!

Thesis Defense

July 1, 2017
  • Ms. Kathryn A. Baez Scheeler successfully defended her thesis titled, "The High Cost for Wisconsin: Underinsured Seek Emergency Departments to Fulfill Dental Needs," on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in UW Oshkosh Clow Science Center. The University community was invited to the thesis defense. Congratulations, Kathryn, on earning your MPA degree!
Thesis Committee Members:
  • Anna A. Filipova, Ph.D. (Thesis Chair)
  • Michael Ford, Ph.D.
  • Karl Nollenberger, Ph.D.

Kathryn with Faculty

Kathryn A. Baez Scheeler (L) with Drs. Ford (M) and Filipova (R) after the Thesis Defense 

MPA Students Conducted Several Community Projects in Spring 2017

June 28, 2017
  • MPA students in Dr. Ford's Nonprofit Management and Leadership class (a required course for the Nonprofit Management and Leadership emphasis) conducted policy research titled, "The State of the Nonprofit Sector in Winnebago County" during spring 2017 semester.
  • MPA students conducted nine policy research projects in Dr. Nollenberger's Public Policy Analysis class during spring 2017 semester. These included: 1) League of Wisconsin Municipalities: Establishing a Data Base on Diversity in Local Government Management, 2) City of Platteville: Economic Development Decentralization in the City, 3) Town of La Pointe: Garbage and Recycling Study, 4) City of Wauwatosa: Handling and Processing of Yard Waste, 5) Village of Waunakee: Internal Service Delivery Analysis, 6) Winnebago County: County Car versus Personal Vehicle Use, 7) Village of Mukwonago: Organizational Staffing Analysis. 8) Village of Bayside: Police Department Staffing and Organizational Analysis, and 9) City of Oshkosh: Oshkosh Citizen Survey. 

MPA Alumnus in Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges

May 13, 2017
  • John Johnson (in the photo below, first on the left), who graduated this Saturday, May 13th, was recognized by the Who's Who Program among Students in American Universities and Colleges. This program recognizes leaders nationwide for their scholastic and community achievements. Congratulations!

Many Congratulations to Our Graduates!

May 13, 2017
  • Many congratulations to all of our 2017 spring semester graduates on their outstanding achievementearning an MPA degree! We are proud with you and wish you great success with your dreams and career aspirations! These photos are courtesy of Dr. Filipova.
                                  Gr with Drs N & F

Candice Skenandore, MPA
Michael Cochran, MPA
Jennifer Fechter, MPA
Adam Gitter, MPA
Jessica Hake, MPA
Adrian Herrera, MPA
John Johnson, MPA
Jeffrey Kahler, MPA
Lynn Kleman, MPA
Wayne Lambert, MPA
Caitlin Payne, MPA
Timothy Reichenberger, MPA
Lyndzee Schaus, MPA
Sierra Verbockel, MPA 
 Graduates with Dr. F.

Meet Our New Faculty: Dr. Samantha Larson

May 9, 2017

Dear students, faculty and staff,

I am pleased to introduce our new faculty: Dr. Samantha Larson

Dr. Larson received her Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado-Denver. She received her M.S. in Sociology from North Dakota State University in 2011. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Social Science from the University of North Dakota in 2005.

Dr. Larson has more than 10 years of public and nonprofit sector experience. She is currently a Research Analyst for the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program. She also serves as Commissioner of the City of Lakewood’s Advisory Commission for an Inclusive Community.

Dr. Larson’s research focuses on public management, social equity, community resilience, and the impact of policy and implementation on women and minorities. She and Dr. Benoy Jacob also received ASPA’s Center for Accountability and Performance Fellowship and are currently completing a research project on the organizational processes associated with social equity measures in local government agencies.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Samantha Larson to our campus this Fall semester and to wish her great success! 

Dr. Anna Filipova

MPA Alumnus Awarded with the Stephen Hintz MPA Award

April 28, 2017
  • The MPA alumnus, Joshua Tegen, was awarded with the Stephen Hintz MPA Award at the University Honors and Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 28, 2017. MPA faculty and the Chancellor took photos with Joshua. Congratulations, Joshua! These photos are courtesy of Drs. Ford and Filipova.
     Dr. Ford (L), Joshua Tegen (M), and Dr. Filipova (R)
     Dr. Ford (L) and Joshua Tegen (R)
     Chancellor (L), Joshua Tegen (M), Dr. Filipova (M), Dr. Ford (R)

MPA Students Deliver Research Poster Presentations 

April 25, 2017
  • MPA students delivered research poster presentations on diverse organizations in MPA 723 on April 22nd. Please see photos of some presentations. These photos are courtesy of the MPA student Benjamin Krumenauer.
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      Presenter: Jeremy Galica 
      Title: A Balanced Assessment of Organizational Structures within NWTC's Academic Advising Team
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      Presenter: Jennifer Gauthier
      Title: 1994 Land Grant Institutions: Colleges in Transition
      Jeffrey K
     Presenter: Jeffrey Kahler
     Title: ENRON: A Case Study of Toxic Leadership
     Jeremy W
     Presenter: Jeremy Weso
     Title: Menominee County and Town: A Case Study

Dr. Ford's Research Cited in the Press

April 13, 2017
  •  Two recent articles cite Dr. Ford's research on school closure and municipal management reform: Article 1 and Article 2.

MPA Alumnus Finished PHD

March 8, 2017
  • The MPA alumnus, Justin Heim, has finished his Ph.D. in Business with a Public Administration Concentration from the Northcentral University, Prescott Valley, Arizona. Dr. Heim is currently contributing to our department by teaching some of our undergraduate public administration courses. Congratulations!

Nolleberger's Research Published in JPAE

February 23, 2017
  • Dr. Nollenberger's article, "On-campus vs Hybrid Courses in a Master of Public Administration Program" was published in the Journal of Public Affairs Education.

An MPA Student Offered a Job at UW Oshkosh

February 13, 2017
  • The MPA student, Lynn Kleman, accepted a new job with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as the Development Director for the College of Letters and Science. Congratulations!

Dr. Ford's New Op-Eds

January 26, 2017

An MPA Student Offered a Job as a Federal Investigator

January 18, 2017
  • The MPA student, Michael Cochran, was recently employed as a Federal Investigator with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He is assigned to the Birmingham District Office. Its mission is to eradicate unlawful employment discrimination in the workplace. Mr. Cochran was thankful to all professors in the MPA program, and noted that the MPA program played a key role in his appointment!

An MPA Alumnus Joins Newmark Grubb Pfefferle

January 18, 2017
  • The MPA alumnus, Manny Vasquez, who is the vice president of Fox Cities Regional Partnership, has accepted a new position as vice president of business development with Newmark Grubb Pfefferle. Read more...

An MPA Student Offered a Job as a Provider Relations Liaison

 January 12, 2017

  • The MPA student, Crystal Strosahl was offered a job with ThedaCare as a Provider Relations Liaison in January 2017. Many congratulations!

Dr. Filipova was Appointed as a Teaching Scholar by UW System OPID

January 12, 2017
  • Dr. Filipova was appointed as a Teaching Scholar of the 2017-2018 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars program of the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) on January 3, 2017. Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars are selected by their institution based on the merit of their outstanding teaching.

An MPA Student Admitted in a Doctoral Program

December 6, 2016
  • The MPA student, Joshua Tegen, who is graduating this fall 2016, has been admitted to the Ph.D. program in Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Joshua noted that "...I am very excited to begin my PhD. this spring which has been a dream of mine since I was very young. I want to point out that part of the reason I was given for my acceptance into the program was the attractiveness of my MPA degree which the admission committee felt addressed a key deficiency among many of their current scholars (a practitioner's perspective). Thank you again, to all of the professors in the program, for everything!" Congratulations, Joshua!

Dr. Karen King Has Served on a Research Advisory Committee

November 22, 2016
  • Dr. Karen King, associate professor emerita, has been serving on the Research Advisory Committee for Wisconsin ALICE. Her appointment on the committee was in connection with the Women and Poverty project that she worked on with the Oshkosh Area United Way. She worked  with research and policy makers from around the state. The ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) describes household survival budget, ALICE threshold, ALICE income assessment, and economic viability dashboard.

An MPA Alumna Works for State of Florida Department

November 10, 2016
  • The MPA alumna, Ruth Kessa, who graduated from the MPA program in 2014, has been hired by the State of Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities, where she works with community members, providers, and the agency’s customers. Her next professional goals are pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Administration and conducting research in the areas of economic welfare, economic development and housing options for people with special needs or disabilities and low income families.

An MPA Student Offered a Job as a Town Administrator

November 10, 2016 
  • The MPA student, Benjamin Krumenauer, has accepted a position as Town Administrator for the Town of Algoma. 

An MPA Student Accepted a Position in a Federal Government Agency

September 27, 2016

  • We are pleased to announce that Lyndzee Schaus, who is completing the MPA program in Spring 2017, has accepted a Federal Government position with the National Credit Union Administration as a Credit Union Examiner conducting audits at credit unions in Green Bay, WI. Lyndzee is very excited about the opportunities that will be available to her with this chosen career path.  Working for the Federal Government has been her long-term career goal and she accomplished it! Congratulations!

An MPA Alumn Accepted a Position as Program Coordinator in a College

September 21, 2016
  • We are pleased to announce that the MPA alumna, Kathryn Scheeler, has accepted a position as Program Coordinator at Lone Star College-Tomball, Tomball, TX. Congratulations!

Dr. Ford Participated in a Panel Discussion on the Future of Public Education

September 27, 2017

An MPA Student Accepted a Position with the Village of Combined Locks

September 20, 2016
  • We are pleased to announce that the MPA student, Joseph Stephenson, accepted a Deputy Treasurer position with the Village of Combined Locks. Congratulations!

Dr. Ford is a Research Collaborator on a Canadian Grant Project

September 8, 2016
  • Dr. Ford is one of the four collaborators on a Canadian Insight Development Grant project titled, "Canadian School Board Governance Executive Leadership and School District Performance", sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Dr. Filipova Won a Faculty Development Research Project Grant 

September 8, 2016
  • Dr. Filipova has won a 2016-2017 Faculty Development Research Project Grant sponsored by the UW Oshkosh Office of Grants and Faculty Development for conducting research on negative behaviors in the workplace and leadership. 

Dr. Filipova Recognized at the 2016 Opening Day Convocation

September 7, 2016
  • Dr. Filipova was awarded with the 2016 Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award at the 2016 Opening Day Convocation on September 6, 2016. Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award recipients are selected based on their teaching excellence, service, professional commitment and scholarly growth. A committee of faculty, students and staff determines who will receive the honor. Read more...

Dr. Ford's Study Mentioned in the National Press

August 21, 2016
  • Dr. Ford's study of voucher schools in Milwaukee was cited in Washington Post on August 19, 2016. Read more...

PA Department Launches a New Online MPA Program Option

August 8, 2016
  • The Public Administration Department at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is pleased to announce a fully online MPA program option beginning in Spring 2017. This delivery format allows us to offer our high-quality, career-oriented MPA program to students who are not able to join us on campus. We are honored to be working with the Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement to help broaden the visibility, access and reach of the MPA program.The electronic application for the online MPA program option will be available August 8, 2016.  

Dr. Ford Published in the Municipality

August 3, 2016

MPA Alumna Appointed as Special Assistant to the UW Oshkosh Chancellor

July 1, 2016
                            Kate McQuillan
  • Effective July 1, 2016, Kate McQuillan was appointed full-time as the Special Assistant to the Chancellor. In this role, she will provide leadership, direction, continuity and support for a variety of activities and initiatives. Acting on behalf of Chancellor Leavitt, she will advance key priorities and initiatives such as the work of the Study Groups, the development of an association/organization for retirees, the Workplace Joy initiative and coordination of relations with governance groups and through established meeting and deliberative structures. She will also serve as the University's Public Records custodian.

Dr. Ford in the News with New Research

May 17, 2016

Congratulations to our 2016 Spring and Summer MPA Graduates

May 14, 2016
                 2016 MPA Graduates

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges

May 2, 2016
  • The MPA students, Reginald Parson and Kathryn Scheeler, have received the honor of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges at the Celebration of Student Leadership and Involvement Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 2, 2016. Congratulations!

2016 MPA Candidate Accepted in Law School

May 1, 2016
  • Mr. Reginald Parson, who is graduating from the MPA program in 2016 spring semester, has been accepted to the University of Maine School of Law in Portland, Maine. He will begin his legal studies in fall 2016. Congratulations!

2016 Stephen Hintz MPA Awardee

April 22, 2016
  • The MPA student, Ms. Kaye Matucheski, is the recipient of the 2016 Stephen Hintz MPA Award! The award was presented by Dr. Karl Nollenberger and Chancellor Leavitt at the Honors and Awards Ceremony, April 22, 2016. Many congratulations, Kaye!

                    MPA Stephen Hintz Awardee

MPA Students Selected in the 2016-2017 Graduate Student Association

April 21, 2016
  • Three MPA students were among the new elected officers of the 2016-2017 Graduate Student Associations:
  • Vice President      Heather Elsner, Public Administration
  • Treasurer             Jasmeet Kaur, Public Administration 
  • Historian              Susan Ritchie, Public Administration
  • Adviser                 Dr. Michael Ford, Public Administration

An MPA Student Receives Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship

April 18, 2016
  • The MPA student, Ms. Kaye Matucheski, has been selected as one of the 2016 recipients of the Government Finance Officers Association's Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship. This Scholarship was established by the Association to recognize outstanding performance in graduate public finance programs and to encourage careers in government. The Committee was impressed with Ms. Matucheski's academic achievements and her course concentration at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The Committee noted that, "Her desire to dedicate her many talents to work in government is to be commended." The $8,000 Scholarship award will be presented to Ms. Matucheski at the Government Finance Officers Association's 110th Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 22-25, 2016. Also read this news.

Five MPA Candidates and Recent Alumni Receive the Graduate Honors Recognition Award

April 14, 2016
  • Five MPA candidates and recent alumni have been selected to receive the Graduate Student Honors Recognition Award for high academic achievements in the MPA program: 
  • Sara Baudhuin 
  • Cassandra Lindholm 
  • Robert Schipper 
  • Ann Miller-Larson
  • Nicholas Baus
The UWO Graduate Council presented the honors certificate. Congratulations!

Chancellor Leavitt Visits the Strategic Planning Class

April 11, 2016
                         Chancellor Leavitt with MPA students
  • Chancellor Leavitt was invited to talk about the university's strategic planning process on Saturday, April 9th in MPA 750 Strategic Planning course. The class enjoyed the presentation and asked a variety of questions. This photo is a courtesy of Dr. Jennifer Skolaski.

Dr. Ford's School Reform Ideas Discussed in the Press

February 15, 2016
  • The article titled "Local Officials Divided over Whether Act 10 is Working in Their Communities" published by the Wisconsin State Journal on February 13th refers to Dr. Ford's recent research study. Read more.... 
  • Dr. Ford did a Wisconsin Public Radio appearance on February 10 and contributed to the topic of Unified Vision to Fix Milwaukee Schools.
  • The titled "Pie in the Sky?Here is an Idea for Turning Schools Around" published by the Journal Sentinel on January 30th, cites Dr. Ford's views on school reform. Read more... 

An MPA Student Completed a Local Government Internship in the City of Eau Claire

February 3, 2016
  • The MPA student, Kelsey Finke, participated in a local government internship with the City of Eau Claire from June to November 2015, where she was the City Management Intern. Ms. Finke shared the following about her successful internship experiences: 
  • "Through this experience I was able to use what I have learned during the MPA program at UW-Oshkosh thus far. I began my internship at the City/County Manger’s Association Conference, where I was able to meet with many other city managers and administrators in the field.  I was able to spend the summer and fall working on several different projects and attend a number of department and city council meetings. The first projects that were assigned to me at Eau Claire included: researching a bike share program, formulating a plan to start a citizen’s academy, re-writing policies for public works national accreditation, and researching and preparing information on the City’s committees for the City Council Vice President. I am most proud of the plan I created for the launch of the Eau Claire Citizen’s Academy with the help of the department directors. I was also able to sit in on interviews for human resources experience as well as work on a number of other smaller projects including drafting resolutions, creating PR brochures and writing council summaries for the city newsletter. The time I spent with the City of Eau Claire was very rewarding, and I will be able to take what I learned there into the classroom and the workplace. I would like to thank the City of Eau Claire and City Manager Russ VanGompel for their commitment to giving students a local government internship experience. Eau Claire is a great place to learn about local government."

City of Delafield Selected for UW-Oshkosh MPA Program Study Project

January 22, 2016
  • MPA students in the Public Policy class will be conducting a project, studying the staffing levels of the City of Delafield, under the supervision of Dr. Nollenberger during the 2016 spring semester. Read more here...

Dr. Nollenberger Talks about MPA Student Projects and their Community Impact

December 31, 2015
  • Dr. Nollenberger was interviewed about student projects carried out in the MPA program by UW Oshkosh Today. The article is available following this Web Site.

Dr. Ford in the 2015-2016 Class of Emerging Education Policy Scholars

December 15, 2015
  • Dr. Ford is in the 2015-2016 Class of Emerging Education Policy Scholars. According to the Thomas Fordham Institute's website, "... The Emerging Education Policy Scholars (EEPS) program brings newly minted Ph.D. scholars and Ph.D. candidates who bring to the table a keen research eye, fresh ideas, and boundless (or budding) enthusiasm for education policy to our nation’s capital to meet with education-policy experts and to share and brainstorm exciting new directions for K–12 education research..."

MPA Alumnus Presents at UW Oshkosh GSA Speaker Series Events

December 11, 2015
  • The UW Oshkosh Graduate Student Association (GSA) organized the GSA Speaker Series event featuring the MPA Alumnus, Mr. John Fitzpatrick. Mr. Patrick discussed the professional ins-and-outs of city management. The event was held on December 10, 2015 in Sage Hall on UW Oshkosh campus.
  • John Fitzpatrick is the Assistant City Manager / Director of Administrative Services for the City of Oshkosh. He has 30+ years in the public sector that ranges from work as a Custodian to Acting City Manager. He earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Public and Environmental Administration from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a Special Emphasis in Human Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin Platteville, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. As Assistant City Manager,Fitzpatrick supports elected officials, department heads and City Manager in the planning and execution of any and all responsibilities required of the City Manager. Additionally, he is also responsible for performing all activities assigned to the Director of Administrative Services.

Dr. Ford Named 2016 ASPA's Founders Fellow

December 3, 2015
  • Dr. Ford was named 2016 ASPA's Founders Fellow. It is an award for students and professionals in their first 3 years of service in academia or elsewhere. Following a competitive review process, Founders’ Fellows are selected and present their scholarship during the ASPA Annual Conference, receive substantial professional development and networking opportunities, and are paired with a seasoned scholar or practitioner who serves as their mentor for their Fellowship year.

Dr. Filipova Presented at an International Scientific Conference 

November 23, 2015
  • Dr. Filipova presented a paper titled, Health Information Exchange Capabilities in Skilled Nursing Facilities at the Gerontological Society of America's 68th Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL, Nov. 18-22, 2015.

Dr. Ford Presented at Annual Meeting of Wisconsin League of Municipalities

October 30, 2015
Mike Ford
  • Dr. Ford presented a paper titled, "The State of Wisconsin Communities with Under 10,000 Residents" at the Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin League of Municipalities in Milwaukee, WI. These photo is courtesy of Dr. Ford.

Dr. Filipova Presented at an International Scholarly Conference

October 23, 2015
  • Dr. Filipova presented a paper titled, "Factors Affecting Turnover Intentions of Physician Assistants in Rural Communities: Practical and Policy Implications" at the 14th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, October 18-20, 2015.

Dr. Ford's Research Cited in Wisconsin School News

September 30, 2015

MPA Alumna Promoted as Deputy Director of Human Resources at UW Oshkosh

September 9, 2015
  • The MPA alumna, Shawna Kuether, who graduated from the UW Oshkosh MPA program in 2015, has accepted the position of Deputy Director of Human Resources at UW Oshkosh. Congratulations!

MPA Alumnus Promoted as Vice President of Fox Cities Regional Partnership

September 3, 2015
  • The MPA alumnus, Manny Vasquez, who graduated from the UW Oshkosh MPA  program in 2014, was promoted as vice president of Fox Cities Regional Partnership. Read more... Congratulations!

Dr. Filipova's Publication

August 28, 2015
  • Dr. Filipova's article entitled, "Health Information Exchange Capabilities in Skilled Nursing Facilities", has been published in the August 2015 issue of CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing (Vol 33, No 8).

Dr. Ford Delivered Presentation at the League of Wisconsin Municipalities

August 21, 2015
  • Dr. Ford delivered presentation, "The State of Wisconsin Communities with under 10,000 Residents" at the League of Wisconsin Municipalities CEO Workshop in Elkhart Lake, WI, August 20, 2015. This photo is courtesy of Dr. Ford.

MPA Alumna Promoted in the Governor's Office

August 21, 2015
  • The Northwestern reported that Ms. Cindy Polzin was appointed as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Budget, Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of the Governor of Wisconsin. She graduated from the UW Oshkosh MPA program in 2009. 

MPA Alumna Hired as a Site Study Manager

August 17,2015
  • Ms. Agnes Vetinde, who graduated from the MPA program in 2015 Spring semester, has recently accepted an offer to work as a Site Study Manager at Kimberly-Clark. She will be working with the research and engineering to oversee the execution of studies. We would like to congratulate her and wish her a lot of success in her new job!

Thesis Defense

August 4, 2015
  • Ms. Cheri Stoffel successfully defended her thesis titled, "University Students Binge Eating and Its Impact on Work and School Productivity," on Monday, August 3rd from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in Sage 3221. The University community was invited to the thesis defense. Congratulations, Cheri!
     Thesis Committee Members: 
     Anna A. Filipova, Ph.D. (Thesis Chair) 
     Karl Nollenberger, Ph.D. 
     Jayalakshmi Jambunathan, Ph.D., RN 

Drs. Ford and Nollenberger Present at a Conference

July 13, 2015
Drs. Ford and Nollenberger delivered several presentations at the Midwest Public Affairs Conference, Milwaukee, WI, July 9-11, 2015. Presentation titles and presenters are listed below:
  • Understanding School Boards and Their Use of Different Models of Governance - Drs. Ford and Douglas Ihrke
  • Examining the Influence of Strategic Planning on School Board Dynamics and School Performance - Drs. Ford and Douglas Ihrke
  • Differences in School Board Member Relations with Hired and Elected Superintendents - Drs. Ford, Douglas Ihrke, and UW Oshkosh MPA student Joshua Tegen
  • Municipal Government Structure in Wisconsin – Does Form Matter? - Drs. Nollenberger and James Simmons

MPA Alumnus Joseph LeMire Named Police Chief at UW Milwaukee

June 10, 2015
  • Mr. Joseph LeMire, who graduated from the MPA program in 2015 Spring semester was named Police Chief at UW Milwaukee. Read more...Congratulations!

Dr. Filipova Recognized for 5 Years of Service at UW Oshkosh

June 9, 2015
                        Dr. Filipova Service Recognition
  • Dr. Filipova (first row, left) was recognized for 5 years of service at UW Oshkosh at the annual Length of Service Luncheon on Tuesday, June 9, at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center. Congratulations!

Dr. Karen King Retired after 10 Years of Service at UW Oshkosh

June 5, 2015
  • Our colleague, Dr. Karen King, retired after 10 years of services at UW Oshkosh. We are all grateful for her leadership and dedication to the Public Administration Department. All MPA faculty, staff, students, and alumni wish her all the joy, health and happiness that a happy retirement can bring!

MPA Graduate Appointed to the UWO Alumni Board of Directors

May 29, 2015

14 MPA Students Received Diplomas 

May 18, 2015

                             2015 Graduates
  • Fourteen students received their diplomas on May 16, 2015, during the UWO Commencement Ceremony. We wish them the best in their professional and personal life! 
                                       Dr. King serving as a Graduate Marshal during the Ceremony
              Dr. Filipova serving as Marshal for the Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement

Two MPA Students Won Student Leadership Awards

May 4, 2015
Two MPA students won awards at the Celebration of Student Leadership on May 4, 2015:
  • Ms. Nana Coleman  won the Emerging Volunteer of the Year Award.
  • Mr. Reginald Parson won the Tom Segnitz Service Award 
Congratulations, Nana and Reginald!

2015 Stephen Hintz MPA Awardee

April 24, 2015
  • The MPA student, Mr. Joseph Lemire, is the recipient of the 2015 Stephen Hintz MPA Award! The award was presented at the Honors and Awards Ceremony, April 24, 2015. Many congratulations, Joseph!
                                                     Joseph LemireJ
                                     Joseph Lemire (R) with Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Petra Roter (L)

MPA Graduate Presentation 

April 23, 2014
  • The MPA graduate, Ms. Nana Adjoa S. Coleman, presented a paper titled, "Fraudulent Billing and Improper Medicare and Medicaid Payments: New Solutions to Old Problems" at the UW Oshkosh Celebration of Scholarship: 22nd Annual Student Research and Creative Activities Day, April 23, 2015. Her faculty adviser was Dr. Filipova.

PA Minor Student Elected to the Oshkosh City Council

April 8, 2015
  • The PA minor student, Mr. Benjamin Stepanek, was elected to the Oshkosh City Council. Please read more... Congratulations!

MPA Student Hired as the New Kewaunee City Administrator

April 7, 2015
  • The Kewaunee City Council approved the hiring of the MPA student, Mr. Kyle Ellefson, as the new City Administrator effective May 2015. Mr. Ellefson is currently investigation program manager and environmental enforcement specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture. He was also elected as a trustee for the Village of Johnson Creek in February 2014. Mr. Ellefson plans to complete our MPA program this spring semester. Congratulations!

Dr. Ford Delivered Presentation at the UW Milwaukee

February 23, 2015

Dr. Ford Goes Over Results with the Clintonville Library Board

December 24, 2014
  • Dr. Ford reported survey results of citizen's perceptions of public library use, programs, and staff at a meeting of the Clintonville Library Board. Please read more here

MPA Alumna Won the Society Service Award

November 26, 2014
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  • The MPA Alumna, Ms. Nana Adjoa Coleman, who is currently enrolled in our Graduate HCM Certificate program, won the Society Service Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success. This award is intended to reward exceptional leaders who embody and live by the Society mission of building leaders who make a better world, and who have not only lead by example but have repeatedly proven their dedication to giving back to their communities. Nana's achievements strongly exhibit these qualities and achievements. She was awarded with a check for the sum of $4000.00 and a certificate of accomplishment.  Congratulations!

Dr. Ford's Recent Publication and Presentations

November 24, 2014
  • Dr. Ford published an article in co-authorship with Dr. Andersson entitled, "Reframing Social Entrepreneurship Impact: Productive, Unproductive, and Destructive Outputs and Outcomes of the Milwaukee School Voucher Programme" in the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship.
  • Dr. Ford delivered a presentation on "Board member conflict and attitudes toward the public: A comparison of charter and traditional public school board members in Minnesota.”  43rdAnnual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, Denver, CO.  
  • Dr. Ford delivered a presentation on "Communicating with Elected Officials:Lessons for Community Leaders" at the Leadership Wisconsin Annual Conference, Nov. 17, 2014.

MPA Students and Dr. Filipova on a Field Trip to Evergreen Retirement Community

November 23, 2014
  • MPA students in the health care management class met with the Vice President of Human Resources of Evergreen Retirement Community in Oshkosh, as well as conducted an observational study tour in the facility on Saturday, Nov. 22. These photo is courtesy of Dr. Filipova.

MPA Candidate, Cheri Stoffel, and Dr. Filipova Presented Research at a Conference

October 19, 2014
                              Cheri Stoffel & Dr. Filipova
  • The MPA candidate, Cheri Stoffel, and Dr. Filipova presented together a research paper entitled, "Eating Disorders and School and Work Productivity and Activity Impairment among University Students: Policy and Practical Implications" at 2014 NEDA Conference in San Antonio, TX, Oct. 16-18, 2014.

MPA Alumna was Appointed as Director of Administration

September 24, 2014
  • The 2013 MPA Alumna, Ms. Julie Schmelzer, was appointed as the new Director of Administration of Curry County, Gold Beach, Oregon. Congratulations, Julie!

Dr. Filipova was Invited to Serve on the Faculty Development Board

September 22, 2014
  • Dr. Filipova has agreed to serve as the Provost’s representative to the Faculty Development Board for 2014-2015.

Dr. Filipova was Awarded at the UW Oshkosh Opening Day Ceremony

September 5, 2014

                             Vice Chancellor and Dr. Filipova
                           Interim UW Oshkosh Chancellor, Petra Roter, and Dr. Filipova at the Ceremony

  • Dr. Filipova was awarded with the Edward M. Penson Faculty Award at the UW Oshkosh Opening Day ceremony in Reeve Memorial Union Ballroom. The Award recognizes faculty members who have made significant contributions to their colleges and the University. No applications are accepted for this award; the deans and the provost select the recipients based on performance.

Dr. Nollenberger's Teaching-Related Manuscript Receives Acknowledgement

September 5, 2014
  • The American Society for Public Administration's Section on Public Administration Education has selected Dr. Nollenberger's paper, "Comparing Alternative Teaching Modes in a Master's Program-Student Preferences and Perceptions, " as the best of the 2014 Teaching Public Administration Conference. The award carries a $500 cash award and a certificate.

Dr. Nollenberger Completed the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars Program

July 15, 2014

  • Dr. Nollenberger was awarded a certificate for successful completion of the 2013-2014 Wisconsin Teaching  Fellows & Scholars program. Congratulations!

MPA Faculty Present at the Teaching Public Administration Conference in UK

June 9, 2014
  • The MPA faculty, Drs. King, Filipova, and Nollenberger, delivered presentations at the 2014 Annual PAC (UK) Conference in collaboration with Teaching Public Administration Conference (USA) at the Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool in United Kingdom. The conference theme was: "Public Leadership in an Age of Austerity: Contestability and Conflict?

An MPA Alumna was Hired as Director of Development

June 05, 2014
  • The Paine Art Center and Gardens has hired the MPA alumna, Kathryn Nichols as Director of Development. Ms. Nichols recently served as the Director of the Bethel Foundation, which raises and manages fund for Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh. Congratulations!

An MPA Student Has Been Selected as a Finalist for the Presidential Management Fellowship Class of 2014

May 27, 2014

  • Mr. John Good, who is graduating from the MPA program in the Summer of 2014, was selected as a Finalist for the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) (  Bearing the Presidential moniker, the PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates.  It was created more than three decades ago by Executive Order and has gone through many changes over the years.  Out of nearly 7,000 graduate students who applied to the fellowship, only 1,200 were selected as Semi-Finalists.  These Semi-Finalists were then brought out to Washington D.C. in January of 2014 to complete a 5-hour in person assessment.  Out of the 1,200 Semi-Finalists, approximately 600 were chosen as Finalists to the Presidential Management Fellowship Class of 2014.  John Good was notified of his selection as a Finalist in April 2014.  From this point, Mr. Good has secured a 2-year fellowship with a Federal agency in Green Bay. Congratulations!

Dr. Ford's New Publication

May 27, 2014

  • Dr. Ford's article entitled, "Changes in School Enrollment Patterns After the First-Time Release of School- Level Test Scores in Milwaukee’s School Voucher Program: A First Look," was published in Education and Urban Society.

12 MPA Students Received Diplomas

May 18, 2014
  • 12 MPA students received their diplomas on May 17, 2014, during the UWO Commencement Ceremony. We wish them the best in their professional and personal life!

4 MPA Graduates Received the 2014 Graduate Student Honors Recognition Award 

May 16, 2014
  • Four MPA graduates (John Good, Carrie Kahn, Lee Laraby-Lim, and Cheri Stoffel) received the 2014 Graduate Student Honors Recognition Award for outstanding academic achievement in the MPA program. 

An MPA Student Winner of the 2014 Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship

May 16, 2014 

  • The MPA student, John Jacobs, is the winner of the Government Finance Officer's Association (GFOA) 2014 Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship competition. He will accept the $6000 award during the GFOA's Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 18-21, 2014. Congratulations!

An MPA Alumnus among Cheboygan County's Top Young Professionals 

May 7, 2014
  • The MPA alumnus, Mr. Kurt Zempel, Sheboygan Police Department, was recognized as the 2014 Top Young Professionals of Sheboygan County. Read more... Congratulations!

2014 Stephen Hintz Award Recipient

April 23, 2014

  • The MPA graduate, Mr. Manual P. Vasquez received the prestigious 2014 Stephen Hintz Award at the annual university awards ceremony. The award was presented by Provost Lane Earns.

An MPA Candidate Presented at the Annual UW Oshkosh Celebration of Scholarship

April 25, 2014

  • The MPA candidate, Ms. Cheri Stoffel, presented, "An Assessment of University Students Binge Eating and its Impact on Work and School Productivity", at the annual UW Oshkosh Celebration of Scholarship held on Thursday, April 24, 2014. The presentation was part of the 2013-2014 Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant from the UW Oshkosh Office of Grants and Faculty Development. 

                                                     Cheri's photo

Dr. Nollenberger Presented at the UW System OPID 2014 Spring Conference

April 19, 2014 

  • Dr. Nollenberger presented, "Comparing Online and On Campus Alternatives in a Master's Program", at the Spring 2014 OPID Conference: Mindful Teaching, Heidel House Resort, Green Lake, WI, April 17, 2014.

Dr. Filipova's Recent Publication and Faculty Development Grant

April 17, 2014

  • Dr. Filipova's article entitled, "Factors Influencing the Satisfaction of Rural Physician Assistants: A Cross-Sectional Study" has been recently published by the peer-reviewed Journal of Allied Health.
  • She also won the 2014-2015 Faculty Development Research Grant (FDR 824) from the UW Oshkosh Office of Grants and Faculty Development. The research grant would support her survey research on issues related to health professional-patient relationships, quality of care, efficiency of care, services utilization, and cost of care.

Dr. Ford's Recent Conference Presentations

April 15, 2014

  • Assistant Professor Michael Ford has recently had research presented at three academic conferences.  In March, he presented his paper, “Goal Conflict in a Politically Active State Education Agency: Evidence from Milwaukee Voucher School Administrators,” at the Annual Conference of the American Society of Public Administration.  
  • In addition, two works co-authored with UW-Milwaukee Professor Douglas Ihrke, "Do School Board Best Practices Improve Student Performance?  Testing the Key Work of School Boards in Wisconsin," and "Determinants of Conflict on Wisconsin Schools Boards," were presented at the 72nd Midwest Political Science Association Political Science Conference and  44th Annual Urban Affairs Association Conference respectively.  

An MPA Student to Serve on the Chancellor Search and Screen Committee

April 6, 2014

  • On March 31st Mr. Reginald Parson has been appointed by University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross to serve as one of two student representatives to identify the 11th Chancellor in the 140-year history of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The role of the student representative will be to solicit feedback from various student constituencies at UW Oshkosh and to represent the 13,000 + students during this search and screen process which will continue for at least 6 months or until a Chancellor has been named. 

An MPA Student Hosted the 19th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner

January 22, 2014

  • The MPA student, Reginald Parson, served as Master of Ceremonies at the 19th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration held at UW-Oshkosh in Reeve Union on January 20, 2014. This event celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The message delivered was to continue to the forward progression regarding social justice and racial equality not just for a certain few but all of us.  Community leaders such as State Representative Gordon Hintz, City Manager Mark Rohloff and university officials were in attendance for this event. 

An MPA Alumnus was Admitted in the Doctor of Pharmacy Program

January 15, 2014

  • The MPA alumnus, Xiaoang Kevin Xing, was admitted in the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. Kevin pursuit the health agency administration emphasis in the MPA program. Congratulations!

Congratulations to our Fall 2013 MPA Graduates!

December 14, 2013

2014 Graduates and MPA faculty

  • MPA faculty are pleased to congratulate our 11 MPA Graduates who received their diplomas at the UWO Commencement Ceremony, December 14, 2013. Two MPA students also graduated on August 2, 2013. We are proud with our graduates' achievements, and wish all of them success in their future professional and personal life!

Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Proposals are Due Feb. 11, 2014

December 6, 2013

  • MPA students, if you are expecting to conduct your field project or thesis in Spring 2015, this is a wonderful opportunity for you. The $3000 student award + $500 for data collection expenses (optional) will help you collect data in Fall 2014, and finish the project in Spring 2015. It also would boost your resume! Most importantly, you will have an opportunity to work closely with an MPA faculty who will serve as a mentor and guide you throughout the research process. Contact your professor sooner if you plan to take advantage of this opportunity! For more information visit the following website.

A Great Community Service Opportunity for MPA Students

December 5, 2013

  • The MPA Department is seeking to hire an MPA student who is committed to coordinate the Oshkosh Citizen Survey process conducted by the MPA 721 Public Policy Analysis Class in Spring 2014 semester. The student is expected to perform the following job duties: serve as a liaison between the City Manager of Oshkosh and the class in preparation of the survey; facilitate the mailing  of the survey to citizen of Oshkosh; record survey responses into a data base; conduct preliminary statistical analysis of the results under faculty supervision; and conduct the review of the narrative and analysis by the policy analysis class. The duration of the project is 14 weeks-Spring semester with a starting date 1/31/2014. The student will be compensated an hourly pay rate of $14.25. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to serve your community while learning directly from faculty and being a leader in the classroom! Contact Dr. Nollenberger or Jenny Davies for more details!

An MPA Student Facilitates Undergraduate Class Discussion on Stereotypes

November 25, 2013

  • The MPA student, Reginal Parson, was a guest facilitator in Dr. Norlisha Crawford's AAS 100: Introduction to African American Studies for the period 9:40 am-11:10 am. The class discussed the movie New Jack City, which is about drugs and crime in inner city New York. Reginald guided student discussion around African-American stereotypes.

An MPA Student was Selected in the Who's Who among Students in the American Universities and Colleges

November 19, 2013

  • The MPA student, Nana Coleman, was one of the 8 graduating students from UW Oshkosh who was selected for the Who's Who among Students in the American Universities and College award. It's a nationally recognized honor. Congratulations!

Dr. Ford Spoke at the Henry W. Maier State of Milwaukee Summit

November 17, 2013


  • Dr. Michael Ford, on November 14th, spoke at the Henry W. Maier State of Milwaukee Summit at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He presented his original research, titled “From Bold Experiment in Privatization to Status Quo: The Policy Evolution of America’s first Urban School Voucher Program.”  The panel, “Life After Vouchers: Expansion, Accountability & Outcomes,” also included Dr. Lora Warner of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Dr. Deven Carlson of the University of Oklahoma.

City of Evansville Selects PA Faculty to Conduct Community Survey

November 13, 2013

  • Drs. Karl Nollenberger and Michael Ford were recently commissioned to design, administer, analyze, and present a survey of community opinion in Evansville, WI.  The Evansville Plan Commission chose Drs. Nollenberger and Ford for the project via a competitive bidding process.  The goals of the survey are to inform an update of the Evansville Smart Growth Plan, and provide actionable citizen feedback to city department heads on the perceptions of city services.  The project will be completed in the spring of 2014. 

Dr. Ford Delivers Presentation at the 2013 Wisconsin Association of School Boards Legislative Advocacy Conference

November 11, 2013


  • On Saturday, November 9th, Dr. Michael Ford spoke to over 100 Wisconsin school board members at the 2013 Wisconsin Association of School Boards Legislative Advocacy Conference in Stevens Point.  His presentation focused on the current and likely future local fiscal implications of recent state education policy changes.
An MPA Student Participates in an Interpressional Healthcare Case Competition

October 4, 2013

  • The MPA student, Phylicia Lee, is part of a team that has been accepted to participate in the Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition. The team, consisting of four graduate students from the College of Nursing and College of Letters and Science, will be representing the Northeastern Area Health Education Center region. The competition will run from October 7th through December 4th with the competition dates of January 9th and 10th, 2014 at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells! Learn more... We wish Phylicia and her team success!

An MPA Student Honored at Opening Day 2013 Ceremony

September 3, 2013

       Michael Parks

  • The MPA Student, Michael Parks, Technology Manager in the UWO College of Nursing, was recognized for his contributions to the College at the annual Opening Day 2013 Ceremony, September 3. He received the University's Outstanding Performance Award that recognizes exemplary members of the classified staff whose activities, accomplishments and service are most deserving of acknowledgement. Learn more under Service Awards.

An MPA Student Wins Emerging Leader Scholarship

August 19, 2013

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  • The MPA Student, Nana Adjoa Coleman, was the only student from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh to win the 2012-2013 Emerging Leader Scholarship issued by the National Society of Leadership and Success (see all winners here). This scholarship is intended to recognize and reward demonstrated leadership ability and accomplishment. Congratulations!

Dr. Filipova's Recent Article was Published

July 26, 2013

  • Dr. Filipova's recent article entitled, "Electronic Health Records Use and Barriers and Benefits to Use in Skilled Nursing Facilities was published in the journal of Computers, Informatics, Nursing.

An MPA Student is the New Intern at the City of Waukesha

July 22, 2013

  • The MPA student, Peter Curtin, has recently accepted a competitive intern position under the Waukesha city administrator. As an intern, he will provide research and analysis reports to the Council and committees on various policy issues; perform comparative and benchmark analysis of all City services; and assist Human Resources in updating job descriptions for the compensation study. The internship is supported by a $2,000 WCMA Scholar Internship Grant for the which the city applied in 2013. Congratulations, Peter!

Three MPA Graduates Benefit the Sheboygan Police Department and their Community

June 16, 2013

  • Three police officers and recent MPA graduates, Lts. Doug Teunissen, Scott Mittelstadt and Sgt. Kurt Zempel, completed projects that benefited the Sheboygan Police Department and their community.

The United States Senator Ron Johnson to Speak to MPA Students

June 7, 2013

  • The United States Senator Ron Johnson will be addressing the Intergovernmental Management class at 1:45 pm in Sage 2215, on Saturday, June 8. All are welcome to come and listen!

Dr. King Presented at the 36th Annual Teaching Public Administration Conference

June 4, 2013                                                  


  • Dr. King presented a research paper entitled, "Easy as Falling off a Log: How MPA Students Use Metaphors to Manage Employees" at the 36th Annual Teaching Public Administration Conference in San Francisco, CA, June 3-5, 2013.  

An MPA Student Starts a New Job at the Department of Workforce Development

May 17, 2013

  • The MPA student, Betsey Kenyon, was appointed an Advanced Program and Policy Analyst at the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.  Ms. Kenyon was pleased to share her success story:  "I had been working in a mid-level position when I made the decision to continue my education.  I started the MPA with UW-Oshkosh and was able to improve my skills and abilities.  After completing over half of the required courses, I was able to attain a position with the Department of Workforce Development as an Advanced Program and Policy Analyst.  The MPA Program provided me with the opportunity to build my knowledge with public presentations and researching methods which assisted me with advancing my career. In my current position, I will be charged with the tasks of providing facilitation between Bureau Directors, placed in the role of Project Manager, and conducting presentations to supervisory and managerial personnel.  The MPA Program prepared me for this position, and provided me with the opportunity to enhance my skills.  The MPA Program prepared me for career advancement with the knowledgeable faculty and content of the classes." Congratulations, Betsey!

Congratulations to our Spring 2013 MPA Graduates!

May 11, 2013

                        MPA Graduates 

  • We are pleased to congratulate our 19 MPA graduates who received their diplomas at the UWO Commencement Ceremony, May 11, 2013. Two MPA students will also graduate on August 2, 2013. We are proud with our graduates' achievements, and wish all of them success in their future professional and personal life!

Three MPA Students Recieve Awards at the UWO Honors & Awards Ceremony

April 26, 2013

                           Nana Coleman

  • The MPA student, Nana Coleman (L), has been awarded with the 2013 Association of University Women Graduate Scholarship for Women. The MPA students, Matthew Kuether (L) and Kurt Daniel Zempel (R), have been awarded with the 2013 Stephen Hintz Award. Congratulations, Nana, Matthew, and Kurt! We are very proud with your achievements!


An MPA Student Graduates from the Leadership Oshkosh Program

April 25, 2013

  • The MPA student, Joseph LeMire, has graduated from the Leadership Oshkosh program. "Leadership Oshkosh is designed to bring together a diverse group of individuals who share a basic interest in and commitment to the Oshkosh community." Read more here. The 2013 Leadership Oshkosh Graduation will be held on May 23, 2013.

Dr. Filipova Presented at the UW System OPID 2013 Spring Conference in Madison

April 19, 2013


                       Dr. Filipova was proud to present some of her students' work (at the bottom)                

  • Dr. Filipova presented at the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) 2013 Spring Conference, "The Value of Inquiry into Student Learning in the 21st Century," Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club, Madison, WI, April 18-19, 2013.

An MPA Student Oversees a Grant-Awarded Project

April 15, 2013

  • UW Oshkosh received $4,000 from the Federal Bureau of Traffic Safety for Wisconsin Booze and Belts Mobilization for a timeframe of 1/24/13-12/31/13. The MPA student, Joseph LeMire (UW Oshkosh Police Chief), is the project director. The Booze and Belts mobilization is part of a statewide effort to reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to Zero In Wisconsin.

Dr. Nollenberger Presented at the 71st MPSA Conference in Chicago

April 13, 2013

  • Dr. Nollenberger presented a research paper entitled, "Wisconsin Forms of Local Government: Relationship to Socioeconomic, Partisanship & Election, Decision-Making, and Internal Factors" at the 71st Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago, IL, April 11-14, 2013.

An MPA Student Talked about Empowerment of Women

March 28, 2013

  Nana 2

  • The MPA student, Nana Coleman, was a panel member for the discussion, "Empowerment of Women in all Walks of Life." The presentation focused on perspectives of professional women's views on employment, education, health and housing. The event was held in Reeve Union 307, on March 27.

An MPA Student and Dr. Filipova Won the Graduate Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant

March 15, 2013

  • The MPA student, Cheri Stoffel (in collaboration with Dr. Anna Filipova) has won the 2013-2014 Graduate Student and Faculty Collaborative Research grant. The grant will help Cheri's graduate thesis project. This is the first time that a grant of this type has been awarded to a graduate student and faculty from the public administration department. Other competing departments were ones from biology, psychology, and English. We are all very proud with this accomplishment! We hope that more MPA students would consider conducting collaborative research with their faculty! 

The MPA Program Accelerates Alumni Careers: An Interview with Dr. King

February 26, 2013

  • Dr. King was interviewed about the MPA program and its success in advancing alumni careers. The interview was published in UWO ENGAGE. To see the full aticle, please follow this link.

An MPA Student Chris Hardy is the New Administrator of the Village of Winneconne

January 28, 2013

  • The MPA student Chris Hardy is the new Administrator of the Village of Winneconne. He will start his new service on February 9, 2013. Congratulations, Chris!

22 MPA Students Became ICMA Members

January 20,2013

  • Twenty-two MPA students have signed up to be members of ICMA through the student chapter in 2013. The membership is paid by the Department of Public Administration.

Dr. Nollenberger was Appointed as a Teaching Fellow

January 16, 2013

  • Dr. Nollenberger was appointed as a Teaching Fellow of the 2013-14 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program in December 2012. Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars are selected for their outstanding teaching from among the University of Wisconsin System faculty and academic staff. 

Dr. King and Students in MPA 742 Developed an Exit Interview Survey

December 16, 2012

                  Students Survey

  • Students in Dr. Karen King's MPA 742 (Human Resources Management in the Public Sector) worked collaboratively over the fall, 2012, semester to develop a exit interview form for MPA graduating students to take as they finish their degrees.  Using the MPA programs goals and previous current student and alumni survey findings, students created a comprehensive survey that can be taken in paper copy or online.  Along with other formative and summary data about the program, the information that is collected from the exit interviews will be reviewed annually by MPA faculty to guide them in making decisions on how the program canbetter serve its students.

Dr. Filipova Presented at a Scientific Conference in San Diego, CA

November 19, 2012

  • Dr. Filipova presented a research paper on "Electronic Health Records Adoption and Use in Skilled Nursing Faiclities" at the Gerontological Society of America's 65th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego, CA, Nov. 14-18, 2012.

Faculty Represented the MPA Program at the UWO GradSchool Fest

November 15, 2012

                            Grad Fest

  • MPA Faculty assisted by the MPA graduate assistant, Matthew Streckenbach, provided helpful information about the MPA program to interested candidates. The open house event was held Nov. 15 at Reeve Memorial Union Ballroom from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.


Dr. Filipova Attended the LeadingAge Conference in Denver, Colorado

October 26, 2012

  • Dr. Filipova attended a five-day conference, "LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Exposition" in the Colorado Convention Center, Oct. 20-25, 2012, Denver, CO. Her participation was sponsored by the Evergreen Retirment Community, Inc. She delivered a formal presentation to the Village Board of Directors of Evergreen Retirement Community and shared her knowledge with students in the Health Care Management course.

Dr. Nollenberger and MPA Students Conducted Community-Based Research

August 26, 2012

  • Dr. Nollenberger and his MPA 721 Public Policy Analysis students have been conducting Citizen Surveys for the City of Oshkosh for the past four years. Read more...The survey explores the opinions of Oshkosh residents on their budget priorities and the quality of city services. The class provides this service at no cost to the City government and it is highly appreciated by the City officials. The survey has been used by the City to help determine the allocation of funds to the services most highly valued that citizens feel need improvements. Citizen Survey 2012 results are available on the City of Oshkosh website

A PA Minor Student Shared Her WCMA Scholar Internship Experiences

August 21, 2012

  • The PA Minor student, Elizabeth Garrow has completed her summer internship with the Town of Grand Chute. The internship has influenced her administrative skills and desire to continue pursuing her studies in public administration. Read more... 

An MPA Student Starts a New Job at the State of WI-DOA

July 6, 2012

  • The MPA student Emily McFarland has recently started a new job with the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration in the Bureau of Home Energy Plus, Energy Services Division, Policy Section. Congratulations, Emily!

Dr. Filipova is a Member of the Program Committee of the 36th Annual Teaching Public Administration Conference

July 2, 2012

  • Dr. Filipova is a member of the Program Committee organizing the 36th Annual Teaching Public Administration Conference. She is responsible for participating in the development of conference theme and topics; scheduling and conference program; peer review of proposals, and so forth. More information about the conference is avaiable here.  

Dr. Filipova was Appointed as a Teaching Fellow

June 16, 2012

  • Dr. Filipova was appointed as a Teaching Fellow of the 2012-2013 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program in December 2011. Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars are selected for their outstanding teaching from among the University of Wisconsin System faculty and academic staff. 

Dr. Filipova Presented at the 35th Annual Teaching Public Administration Conference

May 24, 2012

  • Dr. Filipova delivered a presentation entitled, "Thought Self-Leadership Teaching: Is There Power in Constructive Thinking" at the 35th Annual National Teaching Public Administration Conference, South Padre Island, Texas, University of Texas at Brownsville, May 21-23, 2012.

Dr. Filipova Delivered a Presentation at the COLS Dean's Symposium

February 22, 2012

                       Dean's Symp.

  • Dr. Filipova's presentation focused on the current level of automation for 21 clinical and operational functions, the types of automated clinical decision support and health information exchange and integration capabilities, the types of automated systems to capture and query information relevant to health care quality, as well as the perceived barriers and benefits of electronic health records adoption and use in Wisconsin licensed nursing homes.

Dr. Nollenberger Spoke During a Public Forum at UW-La Crosse

February 15, 2012

Jenny Davies: The Star Award for June 2011

December 16, 2011

                          Jenny Davies

  • Jennifer Davies, academic department associate in the Department of Public Affairs, has been named recipient of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh June 2011 STAR Award. Read more...Congratulations, Jenny!
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