Bowman’s Doctorate of Philosophy

nicole bowman farrell phd doctor of philosophyThe official PhD paperwork arrived in today’s mail after 14 years of coursework, 6 hour commutes from home, IRB x 2 new systems, 2 advisors (I saved the best for last), data collection, & nearly 400 pages of writing. I’m a tired, battle worn but a highly qualified PhD proudly from University of WI-Madison’s School of Education. It literally doesn’t get better than that!! Thanks for all who stood by me, those who helped me along the way, and even those who walked away or doubted this day would come. It made me want it even more.

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In this clip, Nicole R. Bowman Farrell of Bowman Performance Consulting introduces herself at her PhD oral defense at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She starts with a traditional greeting in her native language. Nicky thanks the Creator, her elders, and those present before beginning her defense.

Dr. 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