Michael Cheney is a senior fellow at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, a Professor in Communication and an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Prior to his affiliation with IGPA and the University of Illinois at Springfield, Cheney taught at Rutgers College from 1977-1981 and at Drake University. In 1988, he became the Dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Drake University.
Cheney held the Dean position until 1993 when he became the Associate Provost and Director of Research at Drake University. During this time, he facilitated a national commission on libraries and information resources at Drake as well as coordinated all institutional research data and surveys.