News

  • PA faculty Bob Blankenberger, UIS DPA graduate Sophia Gehlhausen Anderson, and Illinois Board of Higher Education Deputy Director for Information Management and Research Eric Lichtenberger have published a new article entitled “Improving Institutional Evaluation Methods: Comparing Three Evaluations Using PSM, Exact and Coarsened Exact Matching” in Research in Higher Education. The article is viewable here through Springer Nature.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Travis Bland for being selected as a Fellow for the University of Illinois System President’s Executive Leadership Program [PELP]. This honor provides Dr. Bland a deeper look into higher education issues and will serve to strengthen his leadership skills.
  • PA Department faculty Bob Blankenberger and Adam Williams have published a new article “COVID and the Impact on Higher Education: The Essential Role of Integrity and Accountability” in Administrative Theory and Praxis available to read for free.
  • PA department faculty Dr. Betsy Goulet was interviewed June 9, 2020 by the Illinois News Room regarding concerns of child advocates about reductions in reporting of child abuse during the COVID outbreak.
  • The department’s new Child Advocacy Studies minor was approved in May 2020. Upon completion of the CAST sequence, students are eligible to receive credit for a minor at UIS as well as the CAST certificate credential awarded externally through the National Child Protection Training Center.
  • PA department faculty Dr. Betsy Goulet’s new co-authored study with Theodore Cross, Yu-Ling Chiu and Susan Evans entitled “Moving from procedure to practice: A statewide child protection simulation training model” is now available in the Journal of Public Child Welfare.
  • PA department Distinguished Faculty member Ken Kriz co-authored two Economic and Fiscal Health Impact reports for the Institute of Government and Public Affairs COVID-19 Pandemic Task Force.
  • PA department faculty Dr. Betsy Goulet has co-authored a report for the Institute of Government & Public Affairs’s COVID-19 Pandemic Task Force. Along with Barbara Fiese, Tamara Fuller, and Robin Fretwell Wilson, they have written the report Policy Spotlight 2: Children at Risk about the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable children.
  • PA associate professor Dr. Gary Reinbold shares a model for COVID-19 Case Projections for Illinois Counties that he has created. Follow the link to his blog to see his model.
  • PA department faculty Dr. Betsy Goulet contributed as a task force member to the new Institute of Government & Public Affairs COVID-19 Pandemic Task Force Report. See the full report at the IGPA website.
  • PA assistant professor Dr. Sean McCandless is co-editing a journal special series on Covid-19. The editors’ introduction is available the Administrative Theory and Praxis journal website.
  • Congratulations to UIS PA department’s Dr. Adam Williams on his new co-edited book along with Dr. Derek Slagle entitled “Public Affairs Practicum”. The book includes chapters authored by PA faculty Sean McCandless and by Bob Blankenberger. The book can be found at: http://www.birkdalepublishers.com/
  • Through the leadership of Dr. Adam Williams, the Public Administration department with its Graduate Certificate in Public Procurement Management was awarded accreditation in public procurement from the NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement. UIS is the first recipient of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing’s (NIGP) academic accreditation.
  • 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 post-secondary 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.