Nicole Bowman-Farrell

Culturally Responsive Evaluation Specialist

Nicole Bowman-Farrell (Mohican/Munsee), Ph.D. is an Evaluator & Researcher with the University of Wisconsin Madison's (UW) Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER). Dr. Bowman is a subject matter expert in culturally responsive research, policy, and evaluation through the LEAD Center  and the WEC Center.  She is also an affiliate researcher for the Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) Center at the University of Illinois-Urbana.   Through these appointments, she provides state, national, and international leadership on creating educational and career pathways for new academics; builds capacity, infrastructure, and resource supports through strategic, business, and operational planning; and develops culturally responsive skills, knowledge, and competencies through training, technical assistance, and scholarship (publications/presentations).  

By working “with” people and not “on” them Dr. Bowman is known as a responsive and effective multi-jurisdictional, systems, and government subject matter expert where Tribal and non-Tribal agencies partner to improve outcomes, capacities, and competencies for more effective, responsive, and impactful programming. As an evaluator, trainer, and technical assistance provider Dr. Bowman has increased the skills, competencies, and capacities for many university, non-profit, and for profit academic organizations working with Indigenous and other underrepresented populations.    

Dr. Bowman's practical, passionate, and effective leadership attributes resonate and empower others at every level.  She serves as an elected or appointed member on scientific, education, evaluation, and economic boards on a local and international level.  She currently represents the American Evaluation Association (AEA) on the International Work Group in the EvalPartners' global initiative to connect evaluation efforts around the world.  She is also the co-chair for the Global Context of Indigenous Evaluation Task Force, working on a global strategic and action plan for working with Indigenous populations and the Tribal and non-Tribal governments to implement the task force initiatives and build an evidence base that aligns with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Dr. Bowman is an appointed member of the AEA Diversity, Engagement, and Leadership Task Force; the co-chair for AEA’s Indigenous People in Evaluation; a long-standing webinar and pre/in-conference AEA and CREA trainer; contributes regularly to the AEA 365 blog and  AEA journals as a reviewer and published author for the American Journal of Evaluation and the New Directions in Evaluation Journal; and was one of the founding board members of AEA’s official state affiliate in Wisconsin. 

At the state and local level, Dr. Bowman has been a board member of Wisconsin’s Small Business Development Board; has served over a decade under two Governors as a board appointee on the Wisconsin Women’s Council; served many years as a board member and education chair of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce in Wisconsin and on the governor’s educational task force groups; and is a founding board member of the Menominee Indian Chamber of Commerce and Shawano Boys and Girls Club.  

Dr. Bowman was an academic fellow at UW and in 2015 received her PhD from the Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis Department.  Her multi-jurisdictional educational policy study was the first in the country to examine how Tribal and non-Tribal educational policy is developed and implemented as public and Tribal governments educate Indigenous students attending K-12 public schools.   Dr. Bowman is also the President of Bowman Performance Consulting ( in Shawano WI.  

Contact Information
Phone: (715) 851-2119
Office: 552C Ed Sciences