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Matthew Ringenberg, Ph.D., Chair, MSW Program Coordinator, MSW Advisor

(920) 424-1419

Swart 230A

Matthew's Bio

Matthew Ringenberg joined the Department of Social Work in Fall, 2020 and now serves as the chair of the program and director of the MSW program. Dr. Ringenberg completed a BA in Psychology from Taylor University, an MSW from the University of Kentucky, and earned his PhD in Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis. A native of Indiana, he also taught at Valparaiso University in Northwest Indiana and served as chairperson there for 12 years.

Dr. Ringenberg is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) and practiced as a therapist, case manager, school liaison, therapeutic supervisor, grant writer, and program evaluator. He has taught policy, human behavior, research methods, social work practice, spirituality in the helping professions, and grant writing.

Dr. Ringenberg’s research agenda has two distinct foci. He recently co-authored “The Education of Alice Hamilton: From Fort Wayne to Harvard”, the story of Alice Hamilton, the founding mother of OSHA, pioneering researcher in industrial poisonings, peace and immigrant rights advocate, and the first female faculty member at Harvard University. His other area of research involves parental involvement in their children’s education. He developed the Parent And School Survey (PASS) to measure parent involvement with elementary school children and more recently completed a longitudinal study of parent-student relationships in college and its relationship to academic, social, and personal success.

Recent Scholarly Activities: 

Ringenberg, M. (2020). The Taylor “Fraternity”: The Morris Hall Brotherhood. Subchapter in Taylor University: The First 175 Years.  

Ringenberg, M., Ringenberg W., Brain J. (2019). Alice Hamilton and Her Family of Fort Wayne: A Study in Educational and Social Values. Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History. Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History (Vol.31.4, Fall, 2019). 

Brain J., Ringenberg W., Ringenberg, M. (2019). Alice Hamilton: Taylor’s Other Famous Student in the “Three- Year Window Period”. Taylor (Vol. 115.3, Fall 2019)  

Ringenberg, M., Ringenberg, W., Brain, J. (2019). The Education of Alice Hamilton: From Fort Wayne to Harvard. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press.  

Yogan, L., Freedle, A., Ringenberg, M. (2017). Impact of communication on parents’ and first year college students’ ratings of student academic, emotional and social adjustment to college. Journal of The First- Year Experience & Students in Transition (Vol. 22.2, November 2017) 

Ringenberg, M., Ringenberg, W. Alice Hamilton of Fort Wayne and Chicago. Fort Wayne Historical Society. June 6, 2021. 

Ringenberg, M. Interviewed by Dirk Rowley for WANE Fort Wayne (Topic: Alice Hamilton). June 5, 2021.  

Ringenberg, M.  Interviewed by Edie Rabinowitz for Curious City (Topic: Alice Hamilton), WBEZ Chicago,  NPR. Date of Broadcast May 20, 2021. Available on Podcast.   

Ringenberg, M. Finding a Vocation and Cause: The Story of Alice Hamilton. Presentation to the Carmel Newcomers Club. September 17, 2020.   

Ringenberg, M. Panel Member. Presentation to New Faculty. Promoting Undergraduate Research. February 4, 2020.  

Ringenberg, M. Reflections on the Valparaiso University Cambridge Study Abroad Program. ReVU Monthly Meeting, November 20, 2019. 

Carol Collien, MSW, MSW Field Coordinator

  (920) 424-0146
  Swart 214
Carol's Bio

Carol Collien received her MSW degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has had additional training that includes: the Dementia Care Specialist training and the Music and Memory certification training.  Carol is a Green House Educator serving to educate and support The Green House Model of care. She has completed the Education for Physicians on End of Life Care training and the Namaste Care program training for persons with dementia.

In July 2016, Carol joined the UWO Department of Social Work as a Clinical Professor and MSW Field Coordinator. Carol has over 40 years of experience in the field of Social Work. She was employed at Bethel Home in Oshkosh as the Director of Social Services until June 2016. In 1997, Carol began teaching at UW-Oshkosh as an Ad Hoc Faculty member. Carol has been a member of the Community Liaison Committee at UW-Oshkosh since its inception. She was formerly a member of the Oakfield School Board for fifteen years.

Audra Eggum, MSW, BSW Field Coordinator

 (920) 424-1419
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Audra's Bio

Audra Eggum is honored to work with students and faculty as an academic instructor in the Social Work Department. Audra received her BSW from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh, and her MSW from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has worked in various social work roles that include crisis and trauma intervention, in-home therapy, and outpatient mental health.

Audra currently works as an outpatient mental health provider that specializes in children and families, LGBTQ advocacy, and trauma recovery. She has a personal and professional interest in holistic medicine and intervention.

Colleen Hansen, MSW, BSW Program Coordinator, BSW Advisor

  (920) 424-7179
  Swart 236
Colleen's Bio

Colleen is an alumni of the BSW program here at UW Oshkosh.  She received her MSW from UW- Milwaukee. Colleen began teaching as an ad hoc faculty in fall 2005.

Colleen joined the Social Work department full time in spring 2008 as an academic instructional staff member. Colleen has taught multiple courses in the BSW program, including:  Intro to Social Work, Transitions in the Family Life Cycle, Interpersonal Skills, Generalist Practice, Generalist Practice Interviewing Lab, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Applied Generalist Practice Field I and II. She has also taught Field Seminar in the MSW program. In addition to teaching responsibilities, Colleen is also the Social Work program advisor, BSW Program Coordinator, as well as part of the BSW Admissions Committee, and Field Committee.

Colleen has been in social work practice in the Fox Valley for over 20 years.   Throughout her career, Colleen has also provided supervision to both BSW and MSW Field students. Her area of interests include: oncology, palliative care and hospice social work.

Jon Hudson, Ph.D.

 (920) 424-1419
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Jon's Bio

Dr. Hudson joined the faculty in 2015 and teaches in both the BSW and MSW programs, primarily in the areas of theory and practice. His primary interests are the implications of the natural environment for social work, spirituality and social work, ethics, and qualitative research.

Dr. Hudson received his BSW and MSW degrees at St. Louis University in the family concentration; a practice centered program steeped in the social work traditions of family systems theory and the person-in environment perspective.

He took his PhD at the University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare in August of 2014, where the Strengths Perspective for
social work was born. During his time at KU he taught ten semesters at both the undergraduate and master’s levels in two core areas of the curriculum, practice and human behavior in the social environment and the natural environment to social work’s
professional domain.

Dr. Hudson’s dissertation, The Natural Environment in Social Work Education, examines how social work educators are integrating issues of the natural environment into their teaching in the United States. Dr. Hudson’s role as a teacher is to use content to teach awareness and reflection and analysis leading to critical thinking. Further, how to integrate theory in practice and to help students transition from an education system that posits them as receptacles for information, to one in which they are expected to take a larger role in their education, actively seeking-out knowledge and understanding.

James Power, Ph.D.

  (920) 424-1419
  Swart 235
Jim's Bio

Dr. Jim Power, MSW, APSW, Ph.D., joined the Department of Social Work faculty in August, 2017. An Iowa native, he studied at Bowdoin College, earning a degree in Anthropology with a minor in Economics. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, he worked as a psychiatric technician at Iowa Lutheran Hospital. Dr. Power then earned his MSW from the University of Iowa-Des Moines, in the Family-Centered Care concentration. While there, he successfully completed internships at Polk County Department of Human Services and Des Moines University’s Department of Psychiatry and Neurology. Additionally, he has been a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) in Iowa since 2000.

Dr. Power earned his Ph.D. in Social Work in Iowa City, completing coursework in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, and Education. He is trained as a Gerontologist and holds an Aging Studies Certificate. During his Ph.D. program, Dr. Power served as a graduate teaching assistant for Social Work courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. He was appointed a Teaching Fellow for introductory Gerontology and Intergenerational Service-Learning.

As a Ph.D. student, Dr. Power has contributed to several qualitative research studies. He has co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles, been involved in poster presentations, and presented at national conferences. Dr. Power completed his dissertation entitled Adult Children with Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder: Family Case Studies in Social Support (2009).

After graduation, Dr. Power, relocated to rural Iowa. For eight years, he worked as a hospice social worker where he had the opportunity to work with hundreds of clients and families. He has been active at the affiliate level as Vice President of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) South Central Iowa, as well as a Director-at-Large for NAMI Iowa. His research and teaching interests include: end-of-life care, gerontology, qualitative research, healthcare, social work ethics, mental health advocacy and policy.

Dr. Power belongs to NASW-WI, NAMI-WI, and The Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

Mary Weeden, Ph.D.

 (920) 424-7180
  Swart 209
Mary's Bio

Dr. Weeden is both a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Registered Nurse (RN). Before joining the faculty at UW Oshkosh, she held the position of Assistant Professor at Concordia University Wisconsin. Prior to Concordia, Mary served as the social work field coordinator at George Williams Campus of Aurora University in addition to teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

With an expertise in eating disorders, Dr. Weeden has continued to practice in the private sector. As a psychotherapist for over 20 years, she has worked with eating disordered client and issues related to this illness since 1990. Her work in the private sector has involved intensive care nursing, inpatient and outpatient oncology, home care and hospice.

In August of 2016, Professor Weeden defended her Ph.D.  Her research focuses on quality in higher education at the undergraduate level.  She has published peer-reviewed journals and is a contributing author to two social work textbooks. Dr. Weeden has taught practice, research, field seminar, and policy classes. Her scholarship has included presentations on eating disorders prevention, treatment, and education at the local and regional levels.

Outside of her work at the University, Mary continues to be active in her local community and is committed to issues associated with political, social, and economic justice.

Amy Fischer Williams, Ph.D.

  (920) 424-1419
  Swart 215A
Amy's Bio

Amy Fischer Williams holds a BA in Psychology, an MSW (University of Minnesota) and a DSW (University of St. Thomas). Dr. Fischer Williams joined the department in Fall 2006, having previously taught at the College of Menominee Nation. Her professional practice areas of interest include: vital involvement, macro-level practice, and school social work. Areas of research interest include program evaluation; and social work curriculum, especially curriculum standards to prepare practitioners to work and collaborate with Indigenous people and communities, and practitioner self-care.

Dr. Fischer Williams has taught across the baccelaurate curriculum: Social Welfare Institutions, Social Welfare Policy, Ethics in a Diverse Society, Interviewing Lab, Generalist Practice I & II, Interpersonal Skills, Family Lifecycle Transitions, Field Seminar, and Introduction to Social Work. At the MSW level she has taught: Human Behavior in the Social Environment; Diversity; Generalist Social Work Practice; Skills Lab with Individuals, Families & Small Groups; and Advanced and Foundation Social Work Field Practicum.

Dr. Fischer Williams served as the BSW Field Coordinator until 2019. She also served a 4-year term (2010-2014) as the MSW Collaborative Program Field Coordinator at time of substantial growth.

From 2002-2008, Dr. Fischer Williams served as independent evaluator at the College of Menominee Nation for the Native American Vocational and Technical Education Program (NAVTEP) grant. In 2008 she was elected as the outside evaluator of Native American Career and Technical Education Program (NACTEP). The grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is awarded to the College of Menominee Nation. CMN-NACTEP provides career and technical education programs for the greater Menominee, Oneida, and Stockbridge-Munsee tribal communities. She continues to serve in this capacity.

Select presentations include: the Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development in Hong Kong, China; the 16th World Congress International Union Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) in Kunming, China; and the keynote speaker at the Strengthening Culturally Responsive Services with Indigenous People: Effective Skills for Providers conference co-organized by Bemidji State University departments of Social Work and American Indian Resource Center.

Upcoming presentations include: “Rethinking Social Work Self-Care: Opportunities to Integrate Effective Strategies to Mitigate Practitioner Stress” at NASW WI’s Annual Conference on Friday October 21, 2022 9:00-10:15am. 

Renee Pasewald, Administrative Assistant II

 (920) 424-1419
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Renee's Bio

Renee Pasewald formally joined the Department of Social Work as the Academic Department Associate in 2015. Here she assists with scheduling, enrollment, program applications, field placements, and more. Prospective and current students are welcome and encouraged to contact her with questions regarding UWO’s Social Work programming.

Renee holds a BA from the University of Minnesota Duluth and an MA from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Prior to working for the Department of Social Work, Renee taught Art History (2009-2014), assisted with various projects and exhibitions at the Paine Art Center and Gardens (2008-2015), and served in AmeriCorps (2007-2009).

Social Work Department

(920) 424-1419
Swart Hall, Room 230

(920) 424-1419
Swart Hall, Room 230