Introducing Dr. Nicole Bowman!

dr-nicole-bowman-traditional-clan-regaliaDr. Nicole Bowman of Shawano, Wisconsin received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis on May 15, 2015. Dr. Bowman’s passion for education and her determination to make public education more responsive to the needs of Native American students is apparent from her work as owner and founder of Bowman Performance Consulting (www.bpcwi.com).  As a community member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, she plans to use her degree to educate public policy makers regarding multi-jurisdictional partnerships and systemic strengthening of Tribal and public educational agencies efforts to empower and improve educational outcomes for Native American students attending public schools.

As her news interview with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education explains, Bowman will be only the fourth person who self-identifies as Native American to earn a Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis over the past decade. Bowman is quick to point out that having a Ph.D. won’t change who she is or the work that she does as an applied social justice researcher and evaluator. “But I do think it will make a lot of people more comfortable when they work with me because in the context of academic studies, a Ph.D. matters,” she adds. “Receiving my Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis will allow me to be able to jump into the big pond of educational policy debate — and be taken seriously.” *School of Education’s blog can be found here: http://education.wisc.edu/soe/news-events/news/2015/05/08/bowman-s-drive-to-ph-d–fueled-by-desire-to-improve-education-for-indigenous-students

About Dr. Nicole Bowman

Dr. Bowman is the president and founder of Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC), a technical assistance, scientific research and evaluation company. BPC provides education-related services to clients in the public, private, non-profit and Tribal sectors. Dr. Bowman’s academic work is through the American Evaluation Association (AEA), where she serves as international co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples group. She also provides conference workshops, webinars and advisory group work to the elected and employed leadership of AEA. Bowman has also done academic and policy presentation work through the National Congress of American Indians, US Small Business Administration, the National Indian Education Association, and the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment at the University of IL-Urbana, IMPAQ International, and the American Institutes for Research.