Andrew J. Theising, Ph.D.
(Updated July 1, 2013)
Teaching Office: Research Office:
Department of Political Science Institute for Urban Research
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Box 1453, Peck Hall 1235 Box 1246, Rendleman Hall 2215
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East St. Louis, IL 62201
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Bachelor of Arts Pierre Laclede Honors College of the
University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
· Political Science with emphasis in Public Administration
· Pierre Laclede Honors Scholar
Master of Arts University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
· Political Science
Doctor of Philosophy University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
· Political Science
· Dissertation: Profitable Boundaries: Incorporating the Industrial Suburb;
Dennis R. Judd, chair.
Current Teaching Position:
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science,
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL. Since 2002.
Regular courses taught:
· American National Government POLS112,
· Introduction to Public Administration POLS320,
· Urban Politics POLS344,
· American State Government POLS343,
· Interdisciplinary Studies: Business and Society IS401
· various undergraduate and graduate special readings, internship courses, special topics
courses in the areas of Economic Development, Bureaucracy, and American Politics.
Visiting Faculty, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in
St. Louis, St. Louis, MO. Since 2010.
· teaching graduate students in Social, Economic, and Political Environment of Social
Work (SEPE), requiring students to have theoretical, methodological, and practical
understanding of these three context areas.
· SIUE Teaching Recognition Award, 2007
· Affiliated Faculty Member, SIUE Environmental Sciences Program
· Affiliated Faculty Member, SIUE Women’s Studies Program
· Affiliated Faculty Member, SIUE Black Studies Program
· Graduate I Faculty Member, SIUE Graduate School
Research and Creative Scholarly Activity
Current Research Position:
Director, Institute for Urban Research, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville,
Provide leadership and management for this research division of the
University. The Institute pursues its own research agenda, while also supporting
interdisciplinary faculty teams within the university, serving as a resource to local
government and social service agencies, and providing contract support to other
Principal, Applied Research Collaborative—a consortium of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville,
St. Louis University, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Three-university collaboration on applied research projects, providing fee-for-service
Research, Conference Presentations and Activities:
Urban Decline and the Story of East St. Louis. October 2002. Invited research presentation
as the opening general session speaker, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank Rays of Hope
Conference, East St. Louis.
The Hollow Prize of East St. Louis: How Institutional Function and Institutional Culture Limited
a City’s Future (with Debra H. Moore). October 2003. Academic paper presented at
the Conference on Illinois History, Springfield.
Discussant (invited), Made In USA: The East St. Louis Story. September 2004. Brownfields
2004: Gateway to Revitalization (EPA/ICMA co-sponsored National Brownfields
Conference), St. Louis.
A Contextual Analysis of TIF, Economic Development, and Culture (with Nicholas Guehlstorf).
April 2005. Academic paper presented at the 2005 Midwest Political Science
Association Annual Conference, Chicago.
Big City Political Machines and the Good Ol’ Boy Network: Has One Replaced the Other?
April 7, 2005. Academic paper presented at the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences
Colloquium Thinking About Masculinity.
Thinking About Industrial Suburbs and Institutional Design. Presentation to the Brown Bag
Speakers Series of the St. Louis Metropolitan Research Exchange, October 6, 2005.
The Church as Service Delivery Mechanism: A Case Paper. Presented at the SIUE College of
Arts and Sciences Colloquium Thinking About Religion, March 30, 2006.
Shadow Institutions, (with Debra Moore, SIUC). Presented at the Southern History Association
Conference, Birmingham AL, November 18, 2006.
The Industrial Legacy of East St. Louis. Poster presented at the SIUE College of
Arts and Sciences Colloquium Thinking About Environment. April 5, 2007.
Evolving Local Government Purpose through Economic Development (with Debra Moore).
Academic paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association
Annual Conference, Chicago. April 14, 2007.
Frankly Famous Failures. Invited presentation as session speaker at the Federal
Reserve Bank of St. Louis Exploring Innovation Conference, St. Louis. May 3, 2007.
Panelist, Disciplining Interdisciplinarity? The Uncertain Future of Interdisciplinary Research in
the Humanities (with Christa Johnson). SIUE College of Arts and Sciences
Colloquium Thinking about the University. April 2008.
Police Corruption and the Culture of Violence: The Role of Public Corruption in the Social
Condition of East St. Louis, Illinois (with Debra Moore). Academic paper
presented at the Rupture, Repression, and Uprising Conference at the University of
Illinois Urbana-Champaign. April 3, 2008.
Demonstrative Study of Land Value Taxation in East St. Louis, Illinois. (with Hugh Pavitt)
Research study presented at the Council of Georgist Organizations Conference,
Kansas City, MO. Funded research by the Public Revenue Education Council. July 7,
Discussant (invited): The St. Louis Applied Research Collaborative (with Sarah Coffin and Mark
Tranel). Leadership in Interdisciplinarity, Networking, and Collaboration (LINC)
Conference, St. Louis, MO; February 25, 2011.
Economic Development Case Studies in the St. Louis, MO Region (with Sarah Coffin and Mark
Tranel. Academic paper presented at the Urban Affairs Association Conference,
New Orleans, LA; March 17, 2011.
University-Community Engagement. Presentation to Faculty (invited). University of East
Anglia, Norwich, England. November 19, 2012.
Using Universities Wisely: The Applied Research Collaborative and Making Data Accessible.
(with Sarah Coffin and Mark Tranel). Panel presentation to the Missouri Foundation for
Health 2012 Health Summit. Maryland Heights, MO: December 4, 2012.
A Local and Cumulative Analysis of Environmental Justice (with Nicholas Guehlstorf).
Academic paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual
Conference, Chicago, IL. April 12, 2013.
Published Research and Publication Activity:
Made In USA: East St. Louis—The Rise and Fall of an Industrial River Town. 2003.
St. Louis: Virginia Publishing. Named The Riverfront Times’ Best Book by a Local
Author for 2003. Companion piece to the public television documentary of the same
“The Hollow Prize of East St. Louis: How Institutional Function and Institutional Culture Limited
a City’s Future,” co-authored with Debra Moore, Journal of Illinois History, Spring 2008.
St. Louis Currents: The Bi-State Region after a Century of Planning. 2009. Co-editor (with
Mark Abbott). Reedy Press, St. Louis, MO. E-book edition, 2009. Print edition, 2011.
“Is the Mississippi River the Middle of the Region or the Edge? Cultural Distinctions between
Missouri and Illinois,” St. Louis Currents: The Bi-State Region after a Century of
Planning. 2009. St. Louis: Reedy Press.
“America’s First Interstate—The National Road and Its Reach Toward St. Clair County, Illinois,”
The Confluence. Spring/Summer 2010 ed; pp 4-15.
“How Three Lives Shaped a City,” The Making of an All-America City. Mark Abbott, ed.
2011. St. Louis: Virginia Publishing.
Images of America: East St. Louis (with Bill Nunes). 2011. Mt. Pleasant SC: Arcadia
Funded Research, Awarded:
A Comparative Contextual Analysis of the Effect of TIF on Economic Development in the Bi-
State St. Louis MSA with Nicholas Guehlstorf, co-investigator. Grant submitted to the
SIUE Institute for Urban Research, $8,500. Submitted October 2003 (Awarded, May
Demonstrative Study of Land Value Taxation in East St. Louis, Illinois with Hugh Pavitt,
co-investigator. Grant submitted to the Public Revenue Education Council, $1,600.
Submitted and awarded, August 2007.
Economic Development Case Studies (with Sarah Coffin and Mark Tranel). East-West
Gateway Council of Governments. Fee-for-service. Summer 2009 (phase 1) and
Summer 2010 (phase 2). $50,000 in total over two years; my portion $10,000 over two
Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (program evaluation portion, with Sarah Coffin and
Mark Tranel). East-West Gateway Council of Governments (lead agency). Submitted to
the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, August 2010. Awarded,
October 2010. Commenced: February 2011. $4.5 million over three years; my portion
$150,000 over three years.
Other Research Activity:
· Brownfields Research Team, Institute for Urban Research. 2008.
· Research Fellow, SIUE Institute for Urban Research. 2004-2005.
· Technical Consultant, Made In USA: The Story of East St. Louis. Produced and
directed by Jim Kirchherr. KETC Channel 9. 60 min. 2003. (Emmy Award-winning
documentary based on my research)
Other Professional Experience
Public Policy Director, FOCUS St. Louis, 1996-2001; Significant projects include:
· staffing and management of a citizen review of city service delivery for all executive
· departments for Mayor Clarence Harmon, City of St. Louis (1997)
· staffing and facilitation of Welfare Reform Task Force (1996)
· staffing and facilitation of Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility (1999-2000)
· staffing and facilitation of Charter Reforms for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District
· (led to ballot initiative), 2000
Director, Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center, East St. Louis Action Research Project,
University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. 2001-2002 Significant projects include:
· managed the implementation of an EPA Lead Abatement Grant, 2002
· coordinated activity and provided technical assistance for public and private initiatives
· prepared grants for neighborhood organizations
Academic, Professional, and Community Service
Current Administrative Position:
Director, SIUE East St. Louis Grant-Funded Programs, since 2012
Responsible for the management of about $15 million in federal- and state-funded programs
administered through the SIUE East St. Louis Center, with over 200 employees. Amounts to
almost 50% of all grants and contracts at the University. Manage all fiscal, personnel, compliance,
and program functions for programs such as Head Start in St. Clair County (IL), Upward Bound
(three different programs), USDA food reimbursement program, Latchkey Program,
Project Success, and more.
Coordinator for Policy, Communication, and Issues of Concern, Office of the Provost, SIUE 2010-2012.
Responsible for policy development and application for all areas of Academic Affairs, oversight
of communication from all Academic Affairs units, and representation of the Provost on key
Board Chair, St. Louis Metropolitan Research Exchange (multi-university consortium of
research institutions studying the St. Louis metropolitan area), 2010-2012.
Chair, SIUE Faculty Grievance Committee. Administrative leader of this arbitrator of faculty
disputes for the University. 2010-2011.
Member, SIUE College of Arts and Sciences Personnel Committee, Promotion and Tenure
Subcommittee. 2010-2012 (incoming subcommittee chair, 2011-2012). Review all
applications for promotion, tenure, and sabbatical for the College.
Member, East St. Louis University Collaborative, 2010 to date. Member of this group of all
higher education institutions doing work in East St. Louis, IL. Convened by the George
Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis.
Member, City of East St. Louis Sesquicentennial Committee, 2011. Member of the official
planning group to celebrate the city’s 150th anniversary.
Member, Pierre Laclede Honors College Leadership Council, 2011. Community board that
supports the Dean of the Honors College on various management matters.
Available upon your request.