Research for the Public Good

Many UIS faculty (and their students) apply their research and scholarly efforts to improving the public good. From inclusive education to art therapy, public finance and immigration, UIS is making a difference in the world.

Inclusive Education

Jennifer Martin, assistant professor in the Teacher Education Program, researches how to improve the K-12 school environment for transgender and gender non-conforming students. Assistant professor Sean McCandless promotes diverse voices in the Public Administration curriculum and the classroom.

Sean McCandless

Public Finance

The director of the new Institute for Illinois Public Finance, Ken Kriz (PAD), recently published two books: Capital Management and Budgeting in the Public Sector, comparing the outcomes of infrastructure investments of 12 countries, and Tax Increment Financing and Economic Development, offering case studies on the uses, structures, and impacts of TIF projects.

Ken Kriz

Art Therapy

Karen Lee

In collaboration with the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Karen Lee, clinical instructor of Human Development Counseling, directs Art Express.  Along with her graduate students, they provide Alzheimer’s patients and persons with memory loss disorders an outlet to creatively express themselves without needing memory or other communication skills.  


Legal Studies faculty Deborah Anthony and Anette Sikka not only teach UIS students about immigration law, but also take them to the US/Mexican border for #ExperienceEngaged learning. They assist asylum seekers with translation work, helping them identify the parts that are going to be relevant to their cases legally.

Deborah Anthony