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School of Public Management and Policy
Associate Prof.
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Bob Blankenberger is an associate professor in the Public Administration Department. He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis and Administration from St. Louis University in 2005. He served as Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education at UIS during the 2016-18 academic years and as chair of the Public Administration Department from August 2015 - 2020. His most recent position before joining UIS was Deputy Director of Academic Affairs and Student Success at the Illinois Board of Higher Education. There he was responsible for oversight of new institution and degree program approval and review for Illinois postsecondary institutions, reviewed and revised administrative rules for oversight of postsecondary institutions in Illinois, developed the Illinois Articulation Major Initiative, was the Academic Affairs point person for the Board for implementation of performance funding legislation, and was co-developer of legislation to transfer authority over private business and vocational schools to the Board of Higher Education. Previous to his work at IBHE, he served in a variety of roles at Springfield College in Illinois – Benedictine University including faculty and department chair, Interim Dean of Academic Affairs, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Registrar, Financial Aid Director, and Dean of Students. He has been a member of the American Review of Public Administration editorial board since 2021.

Courses Taught

Dr. Blankenberger has taught several courses at UIS including among others PAD 653 Public Policy Seminar, PAD 571 Capstone in Public Administration, PAD 501 Introduction to the Profession, PAD 506 Public Policy for Managers, PAD 534 Program Implementation, PAD 441 Contemporary Issues in Policy, PAD 470. Research Methods and Management, and PAD 471. Public Administration Senior Capstone.

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Recent Publications

Abaidoo, K. & Blankenberger, B. (2022). Lean and public organization performance: The Wisconsin Lean Government Initiative at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Public Performance & Management Review, 45(3), 706-736.


Slagle, D., Blankenberger, B., & Williams, A. (2022). Are online doctoral program graduates viewed as hireable for academic positions? The case of public affairs programs. The Journal of Continuing Higher Education 70(1), 21-41. DOI: 10.1080/07377363.2020.1859349


Blankenberger, B., Gehlhausen Anderson, S., & Lichtenberger, E. (2021). Improving institutional evaluation methods: Comparing evaluations using PSM, Exact and Coarsened Exact Matching. Research in Higher Education, 62(8), 1248-1275. DOI: 10.1007/s11162-021-09632-0. Available at 


Blankenberger, B., & Gehlhausen Anderson, S. (2020, joint first authorship, online ahead of print). Validation and living learning communities: An evaluation case study. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice. Available at


Blankenberger, B. & Williams, A. (2020). COVID and the impact on higher education: The essential role of integrity and accountability. Administrative Theory & Praxis, 42(3), 404-423.

Blankenberger, B. (2020). Higher education policy environment and accountability. In D. Slagle & A. Williams (Eds.), Practicum in Public Administration (pp. 11-43). Birkdale Publishers.

Blankenberger, B., McChesney, K. Y., Schnebly, S. M., Moranski, K. R., & Dell, H. (2017). Measuring racial bias and general education assessment. The Journal of General Education, 66(1), 42-59.

Blankenberger, B., Lichtenberger, E., & Witt, M. A. (2017). Dual credit participation, college selectivity, and enhanced degree attainment. Educational Researcher 46(5), 259-263.

Bland, T. & Blankenberger, B. (2017). Collaboration challenges and the construction of complex data systems: Lessons from the development of the Illinois Longitudinal Data System. Public Administration Quarterly, 41(4), 695-740.

Blankenberger, B., Lichtenberger, E., Witt, M. A., & Franklin, D. (2017). Diverse students, high school factors, and completion agenda goals: An analysis of the Illinois class of 2003. Education and Urban Society 49(5), 518-545.

Blankenberger, B., & Phillips, A. (2016). Implementation of performance funding in Illinois higher education: The roles of the completion agenda, budget environment, and interest group dynamics in the process. Educational Policy, 30(6), 884-915. 


Franklin, D., & Blankenberger, B. (2016). Program evaluation of community college learning assistance centers: What do LAC directors think? Community College Review, 44(1), 3-25.