Michael Spranger, PhD
Professor and Extension Specialist
3028 McCarty Hall D
Phone: (352) 273-3557
Dr. Spranger joined the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences in 2000. He has B.A. degrees in History and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside; a M.A. in Public Policy and Administration and M.S. in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and a Ph.D. in Urban and Public Affairs from Portland State University. He has 30 years of professional experience in university extension and outreach activities, including program administration, planning, development and evaluation and has experience in teaching and applied research at local, state, regional and national levels. He previously worked at the University of Washington, Washington State University and University of Wisconsin. During his career he has served as an extension administrator, extension state specialist and community resource development agent, at the county level.
He has served in a number of leadership roles regionally and nationally in the areas of marine education, ocean observing systems, and extension. He was one of the founding members and served as chair of the National Assembly of Sea Grant Extension Program Leaders and President of the National Marine Educators Association. Internationally, he has worked with university and governmental officials in building capacity and development of extension programs in a number of countries including Korea, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Japan.
His current interest areas include public issues education, community development and capacity building, resource sustainability, marine education and ocean literacy; resource sustainability, civic engagement, and organizational development.