Dr. Blankenship

L.Vaughn Blankenship, Professor Emeritus Ph.D., Management (1962) Cornell University
Public Administration (M/C 278) 130 CUPPA Hall

Curriculum Vitae

L. Vaughn Blankenship is a Professor in the Graduate Program in Public Administration in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC). His undergraduate degree is in political science, with Honors, from the University of California, Riverside. While completing his senior year there, he had has first experience in the public service as an Administrative Intern in the Office of the Riverside City Manger. He did his graduate work in the Graduate School of Business and Public Administration at Cornell University receiving his PhD. in 1962. In addition to UIC, he has held faculty appointments at Cornell, the University of California, Berkeley, and the State University of New York at Buffalo where he was Chair of both the Department of Political Science and the Department of Management in the School of Business. His primary areas of teaching and research have been in governmental organization and management and budgeting and finance.

He was appointed as a charter member of the U.S. Senior Executive Service by President Jimmy Carter in 1976 and served in executive level managerial positions at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and the National Science Foundation. As a Senior Executive Fellow in the Science Policy Division of the Library of Congress for a year, he conducted a study of the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) for the Committee on Science and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives. He has also done research on and written about the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation (NSF) and participated in a study conducted by the National Academy of Public Administration of university-based NSF Engineering Research Centers.

Following a twelve year stint in Washington, he came to the “new” campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago as its first Associate Chancellor and Director of the new Office of Planning and Resource management. After eight years he returned to a full-time teaching and research position in the Graduate Program of Public Administration and moved with that program into the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs in the mid-90’s. There he served as the first Director of the new doctoral program in public administration.

Most recently, in collaboration with a UIC colleague, he undertook a comprehensive study of government in Lake County entitled Modernizing Lake County Government: an ACTION PLAN. In the spring of 2001 while serving as the Director of the Graduate Program in Public Administration, he organized and chaired an NSF-funded Workshop on Foundations of Electronic Government in America’s Cities in Chicago, continuing the dialog later in Los Angeles as part of the national 2001 Digital Government: An Urban Research Agenda conference. During this same time period, he participated as a consultant in a study of high technology industry in Illinois conducted by Stanford Research International and funded by the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA). The report was entitled The Illinois Model of Technology-Driven Economic Development.


Director, Graduate Program in Public Administration, CUPPA/UIC     Associate Chancellor for Planning and Resources Management, UIC     Director of Office of Budget and Program Analysis, U.S. National Science Foundation [NSF]     Director, Division of Applied Research, NSF     Head, Office of Planning and Policy Analysis, Office of the Director, NSF     Senior Management and Policy Analyst, Natural Resources, Energy, and Science Division, Office of Management and Budget     Program Director, Social Systems and Human Resources, Research Applied to National Needs, National Science Foundation     Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, State University of New York, Buffalo [SUNY/B]     Associate Professor of Political Science and Management, and Chair, Department of Management, College of Business Administration, SUNY/B     Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Haas School of Business, and Assistant Research Economist, Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley     Lecturer in Administration, Graduate School of Business and Public Administration, Cornell University


Judge, 46th Annual Federal Employee of the Year Award, Federal Executive Board, Chicago Regional Office.     Outstanding Teacher Award, Chicago Chapter, American Society of Public Administration     Senior Executive Fellow, Science Policy Division, U.S. Library of Congress     Senior Executive Outstanding Performance Award, NSF     Outstanding Contributions to Professional Management, Graduate School of Business and Public Administration, Cornell University     Laverne P. Burchfield Award, American Society for Public Administration     Best Published Article, 1968-69, Editorial Board, Administrative Science Quarterly.     Editor, Management Section, Management Science     Cornell University Fellow


Science Policy and the Management of R&D     Organizational Behavior


Modernizing Lake County Government: Action Plan, a Report to the Lake County, Illinois County Board, December, 2000. Co-authored with James R. Thompson.     The National Bureau of Standards: A Review of its Organization and Operations, a study prepared for the Subcommittee on Science, Research and Technology of the Committee on Science and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, 97th Congress, 1st sess. (Committee Print). U.S.G.P.O., Washington, D.C., 1981.     University Research Centers: A Comparison of the NASA and RANN Experiences,” reprinted in U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Science and Technology, H.R. 6910 National Technology Foundation Act of 1980, Hearings, September, 1980. U.S.G.P.O., Washington, D.C., 1980.     Allocating R&D Resources in the Public Sector,” (with Betz, et. al.,) in Studies in Management Science, V. 15, Management of Research and Innovation, Dean and Goldhar, eds., (Amsterdam; North-Holland Pub. Co., 1980), pp. 235-252.     Science Information and Governmental Decision Making: The Case of the National Science Foundation,” (with Barry Bozeman), Public Administration Review, v. 39, 1979, pp. 53-57.     The Social Context of Science,” in Nicosia and Wind, eds., Behavioral Models for Market Analysis: Foundations for Marketing Action, (Hinsdale, Ill.; The Dryden Press, 1977), pp. 9-24.     Management, Politics and Science: A Non-separable System,” Research Policy, December, 1974, pp. 244-257.     The Scientist as ‘Apolitical’ Man,” British Journal of Sociology, v. 24, Sept. 1973, pp. 269-287.     On the Methodology of the Holistic Experiment: An Approach to the Conceptualization of Large-Scale Social Experiments,” (with Ian Mitroff), Technological Forecasting and Social Change, v. 4, 1973, pp. 339-353.     Public Administration and the Challenge to Reason,” in Public Administration in a Time of Turbulence, Dwight Waldo, ed., (San Francisco; Chandler Publishing, 1971).     Organizational Leadership, Satisfaction, and Productivity: A Comparative Analysis,” (with Karlene Roberts and Ray Miles), Journal of the Academy of Management, Dec., 1968.     Organization Structure and Management Decision-Making,” (with Ray Miles), Administrative Science Quarterly, June, 1968. Reprinted in Readings in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Ken Wexley and Gary Yusl, eds., (N.Y.; Oxford Univ. Press, 1971).     Theory and Research as an Act of Faith,” Public Administration Review, Sept., 1967.


President, Chicago Chapter, American Society for Public Administration     Vice Chair, Streamlining Government Committee, Transition Committee for Governor Rod Blagojevich     Participant, Workshop on Granting Organization of the Future, Center for Technology in Government, National Science Foundation     Consultant and Author of “Chicago Technology Park” section, SRI International, Metroplex Higher Education Benchmarking Study, City of Dallas, Texas.     Co-Chair, NSF Workshop, Foundations of Electronic Government in America’s Cities: A Multidisciplinary Workshop.     Consultant, SRI International, Designing & Applying the ‘Illinois Model’ of Technology Driven Economic Development, Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs.     NSF Panel Member, Office of the U.S. Science Advisor, Executive Office of the President, to Review the Five-Year Contract with RAND-Critical Technologies Institute.     Participant, Workshop on Improving NSF’s Proposal Review Process, National Science Foundation.     Oversight Panel Member, National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), Evaluation of National Science Foundation’s Science and Technology Centers: Building an Interdisciplinary Research Paradigm, for the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Senate Report 103-137.     Speaker and Consultant, Peer Review Workshop on Applied Social Science Research, organized by the Science Policy Support Group for the Economic and Social Science Research Council [ESSRC], Royal Society, London, England.

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