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Meet the Staff

The IUR is an important part of SIUE, and is a key mechanism for advancing SIUE's research capacity, while connecting the University with the greater St. Louis community.


Andrew Theising, Ph.D., Director

Theising is an associate professor of political science and teaches courses in state and local government, public administration and ethics. He has been a full-time faculty member at SIUE since 2002, and affiliated with the campus since 1996.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1997

Professional Memberships

  • American Political Science Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Urban Affairs Association
  • Greater East St. Louis Chamber of Commerce

Published Work
Theising is author of the award-winning book Made in USA: East St. Louis (2003, Virginia Publishing) as well as numerous papers and articles on industrial suburbs, economic development and urban problems. His work has been used by media nationwide, including The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times.

Previous Experience

  • Director, East St. Louis Field Office, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign East St. Louis Action Research Project
  • Director, Public Policy Initiatives, FOCUS St. Louis (the region's citizens league)

Hugh N. Pavitt, MPA, Research Associate

Pavitt works extensively in survey research, providing survey and database design/management, data collection and data analysis services to a wide range of clients including SIUE administration and faculty, as well as to the University's external clients in Illinois and Missouri.


  • Master of Public Administration, SIUE
  • Post-graduate diploma, Business Management and Marketing, College of Estate Management at Reading University, Reading, England
  • Bachelor of Science, Urban Land Economics, Sheffield-Hallam University, Sheffield, England
Member, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Previous Experience

  • Research Associate, Center for Organizational Research and Development, SIUE
  • Regional Manager, Colley's Professional Services (a nationwide real estate services company based in London)
  • Department Manager, Andrew Butler and Co., Nottingham, England

Pavitt's previous experience includes the development and implementation of organizational assessments, program evaluations and needs assessments, survey research, environmental scanning, wage and benefit studies, jobs evaluation, team building, and strategic planning. He also has several years of experience as a real estate appraiser and has been involved extensively in quality assurance programs such as ISO 9000.

Rhonda Penelton, MPA, Research Associate

  • Master of Public Administration, SIUE
  • Bachelor of Science, Political Science, Illinois State University

Previous Experience

  • Research Associate, Center for Organizational Research and Development, SIUE
  • Office of Area Development, SIUE
  • Investigator, Equal Employment Opportunity Office, City of Peoria, Illinois
  • Probation office, Peoria County

Penelton has fifteen years of experience in survey research, project management and program evaluation, including

  • Co-investigator of the evaluation of a Police and Children Together (PACT) program as funded by the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission
  • Research team member responsible for evaluating such projects as
    • Quality Educational Systems of Alabama's (QuESt) school reform model as part of a comprehensive school reform initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education
    • Mental health service delivery demonstration project funded by the Illinois Department of Pubic Aid
    • Moral Reconation Therapy of the Franklin/Jefferson County Evening Reporting Center Program as sponsored by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

Julie Eudy, Office Support Associate
Monica Brooks, Graduate Research Assistant

Patience Ferry, Graduate Research Assistant

Andrew Schreiber, Graduate Research Assistant

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