Travis Bland is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration. He has taught Public Management Seminar, Organizational Dynamics, Public Sector Human Resource Management, Public Service Ethics and Leadership, Nonprofit Sector Human Resource Management, and the Internship Seminar at UIS. He is currently serving as the Director of the Doctorate in Public Administration Program.
He received his Ph.D. from the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech. Prior to coming to UIS, he worked with local and state social services departments, planning commissions, state and local government agencies and officials, non-profit agencies, and private industries to help coordinate and implement a welfare-to-work program and explore the feasibility of developing a regional water authority in Virginia’s New River Valley.
He is pursuing research interests in several key areas: the network approach to governance, front-line behavior, social welfare, and the normative and ethical foundations of our Constitutional Democratic Republic. He is a contributing author to Community Action Leaders: Rooting out Poverty at the Local Level (New York: Routledge). His research has been published in Public Organization Review, the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, The Innovation Journal, and the Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Citations for his recent publications are available at the UIS Public Administration faculty recent publications page.
In addition to his teaching and research interests, he serves as a volunteer with the James Project, the Matthew Project, and West Side Christian Church.
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