Department of Public Administration University of Illinois Springfield

What’s New

UIS and Innovate Springfield

Innovate Springfield is now part of the University of Illinois Springfield. The downtown Springfield social innovation and business incubator is not only helping local startup companies, it’s also giving students a chance to grow their ideas. Follow this link to a short promotional video for  Innovate Springfield. Look for UIS PA faculty Dr. Kim Wiley and MPA students Hind Tamam, Sarah Daniels, Niccole Clements, Thomas Kenny, Alicia Harris, and DeAngelo Parks in the video.

PA Department in the News 

  • Congratulations to Distinguished Professor of Public Administration Ken Kriz on his new book Tax Increment Financing and Economic Development, 2nd ed. co-edited with Craig L. Johnson.
  • Congratulations to PA faculty Dr. Kimberly Wiley who was named the 2019 recipient of the Burks Oakley II Distinguished Online Teaching Award at UIS.
  • Dr. Betsy Goulet, PA and Child Advocacy Studies Director, presented at a DCFS hearing with state lawmakers on March 19th, 2019. News coverage and photos are available on the WICS site.
  • PA associate professor and department chair Dr. Bob Blankenberger was quoted in a February 26, 2019 Chicago Tribune article by Christopher Borrelli about the challenges facing students considering public service careers entitled “Wanted: Public servants for thankless jobs. OK, who’s in?”
  • PA clinical professor Dr. Betsy Goulet was interviewed by WICS news about a child trauma case. A portion of the interview appeared on February 18th and is available on the WICS website.
  • The 21st Show on NPR Illinois covered the Governor’s February 20, 2019 budget address . UIS PA Distinguished Professor Ken Kriz was interviewed to provide his budget expertise as part of the coverage. Listen to the audio here.
  • The Institute for Illinois Public Finance was approved October 2018 as a new Institute operating under the Center for State Policy and Leadership. Dr. Kenneth Kriz is leading the newly created Institute which will provide activities and research related to the study of public finance and budgeting in the State of Illinois and its localities. The goals of the Institute are to conduct and to apply scholarly research, to provide advice to public and private policymakers, to offer assistance on financial policies and practices, and to organize conferences and professional development workshops.
  • New addition to the department. Dr. Sean McCandless was recently appointed to the planning committee for the 2019 Social Equity Leadership Conference of the National Academy of Public Administration, which will be held by the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark.
  • April 2018, PA faculty member Rick Funderburg and co-authors Joshua Drucker, David F. Merriman, and Rachel Weber released a new report titled “The Use of Business Property Tax Incentives in Cook County, Illinois”  through the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. The authors analyse the use of business property tax incentives in Cook County between 2012 and 2014 and find that the magnitude of incentive use and the interaction of different incentive programs suggest the need for increased scrutiny of their use and greater coordination of their administration. Read the research article on the IGPA website.
  • The 2017 Education Researcher article “Dual Credit, College Type, and Enhanced Degree Attainment,” by PA faculty member Bob Blankenberger and co-authors Dr. Eric Lichtenberger and Dr. Allison Witt was featured in “Amber’s research minute” on the Fordham Institute’s The Education Gadfly Show  weekly podcast for August 16, 2017. For those interested, the discussion about the article, it starts about 11:35 into the podcast.
  • PA faculty member Rick Funderburg was interviewed for an August 26, 2017 story on a proposed new tax increment financing district in Springfield.  Read the article at the State Journal Register website.
  • PA faculty Bob Blankenberger posted a blog about a recent article he co-authored on the postsecondary achievement gap in Illinois and factors associated with improved completion for underrepresented students on the American Politics and Policy blog on the London School of Economics website.
  • PA faculty Rick Funderburg contributed his expertise on WalletHub’s website in article on taxes and government service. Read the story at WalletHub.
  • PA faculty and visiting scholar in fiscal policy for the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois, Dr. Richard Funderburg was quoted in a February 17, 2016 Medill News Service article “Governor Rauner advocates bipartisan reforms amid budget gridlock.”
  • PA faculty Dr. Betsy Goulet’s innovative work with the Department of Children and Family Services utilizing the new Residential Simulation Lab to help train investigators is the subject of an Illinois Times news article written by UIS MPA alum Brittany Hilderbrand.

Residential Simulation Lab

The new Lab is associated with the Child Advocacy Studies program (CAST) in the Public Administration Department at UIS. The facility is used as a tool for hands-on training in effective intervention techniques in child abuse and neglect scenarios for both professionals and students. For more information see the Chancellor’s Column on the new Residential Simulation Lab. The Simulation Lab was dedicated on April 25, 2016. UIS MPA grad Brittany Hilderbrand has authored a story on the Lab and its dedication for the Illinois Times. Dr. Betsy Goulet is the lead faculty member both for CAST and for the Child Protection Academy housed under the University’s Center for State Policy and Leadership. The Academy partners with the Department of Children and Family Services to help train investigators utilizing the new Residential Simulation Lab. The Academy is in its 5th contract year with DCFS and has trained 566 new child protection investigators.

Faculty Research

University of Illinois at Springfield Public Administration faculty are involved in a variety of important research areas such as budgeting, children’s rights, educational policy, environmental justice, land use and planning, and network administration.

Follow this link to view a list of recent faculty publications.

Coming Soon

We are currently searching for a Academic Adviser for the undergraduate programs in the College of Public Affairs and Administration.  We hope you will drop us a line if you want to know more about undergraduate degree options for Public Administration.  Find out more about the best department on campus.