Faculty

Faculty

Michael R. Ford, Ph.D.

Department Chairperson and MPA Program Coordinator

Associate Professor

Office: Clow Faculty Building, Room F422
Phone: (920) 424-1580
Fax: (920) 424-2319
Email: fordm@uwosh.edu

 

What I can help you with

I would be happy to address your questions about the MPA program with general public administration emphasis and nonprofit management and leadership emphasis and about any of the graduate and undergraduate classes that I teach. 

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Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D. in Urban Studies, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Master of Arts in Political Science, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 
 
Awards and Honors
  • 2018 College of Letters and Science Community Engagement Award
  • 2016 American Society for Public Administration Founders’ Fellow
  • 2016 Thomas B. Fordham Institute Emerging Education Policy Scholar
  • 2011-2012 Urban Studies Graduate Teaching Fellow; University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
 
 
Academic Appointments
  • Associate Professor, UW Oshkosh Public Administration Department, 2019
  • Assistant Professor, with UW Oshkosh Public Administration Department, 2013
  • Associate Lecturer, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 2011-2012

 

Administrative Appointments
  • Chairperson of Department of Public Administration & MPA Coordinator, June 4, 2021-June, 2024

 

Community Service
  • Elected Member of the Oshkosh Common Council, 2020-Present
  • Member of the City of Oshkosh Long Range Finance Committee, 2019-Present
  • Member of the City of Oshkosh Plan Commission, 2017- Present
  • President of the Millers Bay Neighborhood Association, 2018-Present
  • Board Member of Clarity Care, Inc, 2019-Present
  • Member of the United Way Fiscal Evaluation Team, 2018-Present
 
 
Courses Taught
Core MPA
  • MPA 732 Analytic Methods in Public Administration
  • MPA 752 Public Budgeting and Financial Management
  • MPA 780 Capstone Seminar
  • MPA 790 Field Project

 

Elective MPA

  • MPA 744 Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • MPA 726 State and Local Government
  • MPA 730 Privatization and Public-Nonprofit Partnerships
  • MPA 795 Internship
  • MPA 796 Independent Study
  • MPA 797 Seminar in Current Topics: Privatization

 

Undergraduate PA

  • PUB ADM 102 Contemporary Public Issues
  • PUB ADM 221 Introduction to Public Administration
  • PUB ADM 307 Administrative Law and Procedure
  • PUB ADM 369 Government and Economy
  • PUB ADM 446 Independent Study

 

 
Research Areas
  • Education Finance Policy and Law
  • Board Governance (school boards and non-profit boards)
  • Education Reform (school choice plans, school governance, school accountability, teacher compensation)
  • State and Local Government
  • Legislative Fiscal Note Practices

 

 

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Faculty

Samantha J. Larson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: Clow Faculty Building, Room F424
Phone: (920) 424-2213
Fax: (920) 424-2319
Email: larsonsj@uwosh.edu

 

What I can help you with

I would be happy to address your questions about the MPA program with general public administration emphasis and nonprofit management and leadership emphasis and about any of the graduate classes that I teach.

More about me
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D. in Public Affairs, University of Colorado-Denver, Denver, Colorado
  • Master of Science in Sociology, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
 
 
Awards and Honors
  • 2021 Queer and Trans Faculty/Staff Award, UWO
  • 2019 UWO Women’s Center’s Titan LeadHER
  • 2017 Conference Fellow, Public Administration Theory Network
  • 2016 Pi Alpha Alpha; The Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration
  • 2015 Founders’ Fellowship, American Society for Public Administration
  • Center for Accountability and Performance (CAP) Social Equity Performance Measurement
  • 2015 CAP Fellowship, American Society for Public Administration & National Academy of Public Administration
  • 2011 Phi Kappa Phi; NDSU, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • 2011 National Residence Hall Honorary, NDSU
  • Other awards (see vita)

 

 
Academic Appointments
  • Deputy Director, Whitburn Center for Governance and Policy Research since Fall 2021
  • Assistant Professor, with UW Oshkosh Public Administration Department since 2017

 

 
Community Service
  • Board Member, Oshkosh Food Coop, 2018-Present
  • Commissioner, City of Lakewood Advisory Commission for an Inclusive Community, 2013-2017
  • AmeriCorps Member, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, 2012
  • Board Member, Women’s Network of the Red River Valley 2010-2011
 
 
Courses Taught
Core MPA
  • MPA 711 Introduction to Public Administration
  • MPA 721 Public Policy Analysis
  • MPA 734 Applied Economics for Public Administration
  • MPA 790 Field Project

 

Elective MPA

  • MPA 751 Program Evaluation
  • MPA 750 Strategic Planning in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • MPA 743: Grant Writing for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • MPA 797 Seminar in Current Topics: Grant Writing for Government and Nonprofit Organizations

 

 
Research Areas
  • Social Equity
  • Performance Measurement
  • Local Government
  • Community Resilience
  • Program implementation, evaluation, and policy analysis in sustainability contexts through a social equity lens

 

 

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Faculty

Anna A. Filipova, Ph.D.

Professor

Office: Clow Faculty Building, Room F420
Phone: (920) 424-0037
Fax: (920) 424-2319
Email: filipova@uwosh.edu

What I can help you with

I would be happy to address your questions about the on-campus and online versions of the Master of Public Administration program and the Graduate Healthcare Management Certificate program.

More about me
 
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D. in Public Administration, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Master of Arts in Leadership in Public Administration, Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw, Michigan
  • Master of Arts in English Philology, St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria
 
Academic Appointments
  • Professor, UW Oshkosh Public Administration Department, 2018
  • Associate Professor, UW Oshkosh Public Administration Department, 2012
  • Assistant Professor, UW Oshkosh Public Administration Department, 2009
  • Assistant Professor, WMU School of Public Affairs and Administration, 2007-2009
  • Assistant Professor, Air Force Academy, Bulgaria, 1994-2000
 
Administrative Appointments
  • Chairperson of Department of Public Administration & MPA Coordinator, June 1, 2018-June 3, 2021
  • Chairperson of Department of Public Administration & MPA Coordinator, June 1, 2015-June 1, 2018
 
Awards and Honors
  • 2017-2018 Wisconsin Teaching Scholar; UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development
  • 2016 Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award; UW Oshkosh
  • 2014 Edward M. Penson Faculty Award; UW Oshkosh
  • 2012-2013 Wisconsin Teaching Fellow; UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development
  • 2010 Outstanding Reviewer Award; Academy of Management
  • 2008 Phi Kappa Phi; WMU Phi Kappa Phi Chapter, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • 2005 Pi Alpha Alpha; WMU Pi Alpha Alpha Chapter, The Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration
  • 2004 National Science Foundation Research Ethics Fellow; Western Michigan University
 
Community Service
  • Member of the Evergreen Foundation Board of Directors, July 1, 2020-2023
  • Chair of the Board of Directors of Evergreen Village, Inc., Evergreen, Oshkosh, 2015-2020; 2010-2015 (member)
  • Member of the Basic Needs Giving Partnership Grants Team, Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, 2018-Present; 2015-2018 (member).
  • Member of the Community Development Block Grant/Oshkosh Funding Consortium Committee, City of Oshkosh and Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, 2011-Present
  • Member of Oshkosh Area United Way’s Allocation and Community Impact Panels (Health/Education), 2010-Present
 
Courses Taught
 
Core MPA
  • MPA 715 Leadership and Ethics
  • MPA 723 Organizational Theory and Practice
  • MPA 742 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector
  • MPA 790 Field Project
  • MPA 792 Thesis

 

Elective MPA

  • MPA 729 Health Care Organization and Management
  • MPA 762 Health Care Administration Law
  • MPA 773 Health Care Policy
  • MPA 750 Strategic Planning in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • MPA 795 Internship
  • MPA 796 Independent Study
  • MPA 797 Strategic Planning in Health Care Organizations

 

Undergraduate PA

  • PUB ADM 221 Introduction to Public Administration
  • PUB ADM 362 Public Personnel
  • PUB ADM 364 Administrative Leadership and Behavior

 

Additional Information

 

  • A Brief Bio

Filipova has been on the UW Oshkosh faculty since 2009. She was granted early tenure in 2013, and two of the highest faculty honors – the 2016 Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2014 Edward M. Penson Faculty Award. She was also selected to the 2012-2013 Wisconsin Teaching Fellow and 2017-2018 Wisconsin Teaching Scholar by the University of Wisconsin System and UW Oshkosh. Filipova was granted professorship in September 1, 2018.

As faculty member, Filipova was instrumental in proposing and implementing revisions to the Graduate Healthcare Management Certificate curriculum and establishing collaborations with the College of Business and College of Nursing in its delivery (fall 2013); creating the department hybrid and online policy (2011), post-tenure review policy (2014), and transfer of credits policy (2013); introducing the thesis in the MPA curriculum and its guidelines (2012); and developing and continuously updating all narrative on the website and all marketing brochures (2012-2021).

Filipova had served as Chairperson of the Department of Public Administration for 6 years (2015-2021). Her major accomplishments in that role include:

  • the creation of the Public Administration Excellence Fund (2016)
  • the admission of pre-career students (in addition to in-career students) to the MPA program (Since 2016)
  • the introduction of Nonprofit Management and Leadership emphasis into the MPA curriculum (Fall of 2016)
  • the introduction and launch of the Online MPA (Spring 2017)
  • the introduction of at least 11 elective courses into the MPA curriculum (2015-2017)
  • conducting one 7-year MPA and Graduate HCM Certificate programs review (2017)
  • conducting three biennial MPA program assessments (2015/2017/2019)
  • the introduction and creation of the long-term semester schedules for the online/on-campus MPA course delivery into the MPA program (Since Spring 2017)
  • the introduction of the Fire Emergency Administration and Management (FEAM) emphasis into the MPA curriculum (Fall 2018)
  • the creation and introduction of the Credit-for-Prior Learning (CPL) policy (2018) and Tested Experience Policy (2019) into the MPA program
  • the update of Department bylaws (2020), Tenure and Renewal Policy (2017), Merit Policy (2017), Post-Tenure Review Policy (2017/2021), & Online and Hybrid Teaching Policy (2021)
  • the hiring of a new faculty member (Dr. Samantha Larson) and two Academic Department Associates (2017)
  • the establishment of agreement for the transfer of credits from the National Fire Academy towards FEAM emphasis (Since 2020)
  • achieving the initial accreditation of the MPA with Fire and Emergency Administration and Management emphasis for a period of 5 years (June 9th, 2020)
  • the creation of all Department Website pages’ text information (2015-2021)

 

From September 2007-2009, Filipova was an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Western Michigan University, teaching graduate and doctoral courses in public administration. She also served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at the Air Force Academy in Bulgaria from 1994-2000. She taught English phraseology in radio communication to graduate cadet pilots and air traffic controllers.

She has authored research articles on health care organizational and community related issues, and has won many faculty development research grants from the UW Oshkosh and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. She serves as peer-reviewer for national and international peer-reviewed health care journals. In 2010 she was awarded with Academy of Management Outstanding Reviewer Award.

Filipova gives back to her community by serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Evergreen Foundation, Inc. of Evergreen Retirement Community since July 1st, 2020. Filipova had served as a Chair/Member of the Board of Directors of Evergreen Village, Inc. from 2010-2020. She also serves as a member of the Oshkosh Area United Way Allocations and Community Impact Panels (Health), the City of Oshkosh’s Funding Consortium, and the Basic Needs Giving Partnership Grants Team of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.

Born in Pleven, Bulgaria, Filipova earned her Master’s degree in English Philology from St. Cyril and St. Methodius of Veliko Turnovo University in Bulgaria in 1994; her Master’s degree in Leadership in Public Administration from Saginaw Valley State University in 2002; and her Ph.D. in Public Administration in 2007.

 

 

 

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838 High Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

 

 

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