Dr. Richard A Wandling
Chair and Professor
Dr. Wandling (Ph.D., Miami University) teaches primarily in the areas of state government and politics; cities and urban politics/policy; and public administration. His research agenda focuses on energy and environmental policy, and his current project examines state government administrative and regulatory approaches to nuclear radiation and waste. Recent publication activities include a chapter on Rationality and Rational Choice for a Sage Publications handbook on 21st Century Political Science and an entry on Tax Expenditures in the second edition of Sage’s Encyclopedia of Housing.
Professor Wandling is Chair of the Political Science Department, returning to that position in July 2012. Prior to this, he had served in the department chair role during the 1997-2009 period. He is the faculty advisor for the Political Science Association—an EIU registered student organization (RSO) for undergraduate and graduate students interested in discussing and debating politics, government and public policy. Dr. Wandling also continues to be involved as a contributor to he Executive Committee of the Illinois Political Science Association, for which he also is one of its past presidents.
In the classroom, Dr. Wandling's primary classes in recent years include:
- PLS 2001 (Introduction to Political Science Research)
- PLS 2603 (State and Local Government)
- PLS 4600 (Political Science Senior Capstone)
- PLS 4893 (Government Budgeting and Politics)
- PLS 5153 (Cities, Politics and Urban Policy)
- PLS 5163 (Subnational Government--otherwise known as State Politics and Policy)
On campus, Dr. Wandling has been actively involved in various university/college level service activities. For example, he is the Chair of the Eastern Illinois University Council of Chairs (AY14-15), and has been a member of bodies such as the Sciencefest Planning Committee and the Edgar Speaker Series Committee. Professor Wandling has been involved in community service activities, such as his present membership in the Charleston Rotary Club along with the Board of the Charleston Area Churches Food Pantry. His community service includes previous leadership positions on the boards of non-profit organizations (the Charleston Community Day Care Center and Coles County Habitat for Humanity). He also has been involved in applied political science such as attending a summer leadership institute held by the American Federation of Teachers, serving as a precinct committeeman for a political party along with being a county-level officer, and serving on a city government-based ad hoc committee to explore issues and opportunities associated with municipal home rule.