Travis Bland

Travis Bland is an Associate 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, Public Administration Quarterly, The Innovation Journal, and the Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance.

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.

J. Travis Bland CV

Contact Info:

Office Phone (217) 206-8326
Office Address PAC 416
MS PAC 420
E-Mail Address: jblan7@uis.edu

Recent Publications:

  • (Forthcoming) Williams, A. M. & Bland, J. T. Drivers of social engagement: Investigating the employee voice-advice sharing relationship. Review of Public Personnel Administration. Available here.
  • (2019) Bland, J. T. & Williams, A. M. Collaborative ties within: Public organizations and the latent capacity for advice network formation. Public Organization Review, 19(3), 367-386. Available here.
  • (2018). Authentic participatory engagement: Community Action and the foundational principle of maximum feasible participation. Public Administration Quarterly, 42(2). Available here.
  • (2017). Frontline participatory behavior in networks: Identity work and the corresponding behavioral determinations. Public Organization Review, 1-25. Available here (PDF).
  • (2017). Street level divergence in the functioning of social welfare networks. Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, 3(2), 135-154. Available here (PDF).
  • (2017). Bland, J. T. & Blankenberger, B.  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. Available here.
  • (2016). Bland, J. Travis. Leading the ethical organization. In A. Farazmand & C. Jurkiewicz (e.d), Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. New York: Springer.
  • (2016). Bland, J. Travis and Kofi Abaidoo-Asiedu. Issue networks: The policy process and its key actors. In A. Farazmand (e.d), Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. New York: Springer.
  • (2016). Bland, J. T., Bunch, B., & Wang, J. Collaborating to build value. In D. Sulamoyo, & B. Bunch (Eds.), Community Action Leaders: Rooting out Poverty at the Local Level. New York: Routledge. Available here.
  • (2016). Bland, J. Travis. Motivating and aligning human resources. In D. Sulamoyo & B. Bunch, Community Action Leaders: Rooting out Poverty at the Local Level. New York: Routledge.
    • This book is available for purchase here.