Faculty Profile

Robert Bland

Robert Bland

Title
Professor
Department
Public Administration
College
College of Health and Public Service

    

Education

PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, 1981.
Major: Public Administration
MBA, University of Tennessee, 1976.
MPA, University of Tennessee, 1975.
BS, Pepperdine University, 1973.
Major: Biology/History, with honors

Current Scheduled Teaching*

PADM 6940.005, Directed Research in Public Administration, Fall 2021
PADM 6950.706, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2021
PADM 5430.001, Financial Accountability in Government, Fall 2021 Syllabus
PADM 5400.001, Managing Financial Resources, Fall 2021 Syllabus
PADM 6710.007, Seminar in Public Administration and Management, Fall 2021 Syllabus

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Previous Scheduled Teaching*

PADM 6950.703, Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2021 Syllabus
PADM 5420.001, Revenue Policy and Administration, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
PADM 6940.005, Directed Research in Public Administration, Fall 2020
PADM 6035.001, Social Science Inquiry, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
PADM 6950.703, Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2020
PADM 5420.001, Revenue Policy and Administration, Spring 2020 Syllabus
PADM 6950.706, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2019
PADM 5430.001, Financial Accountability in Government, Fall 2019 Syllabus SPOT
PADM 6710.007, Seminar in Public Administration and Management, Fall 2019 Syllabus SPOT
PADM 5900.700, Special Problems, Fall 2019
PADM 6950.701, Doctoral Dissertation, Summer 5W2 2019
PADM 6950.703, Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2019
PADM 5430.001, Financial Accountability in Government, Spring 2019 Syllabus SPOT
PADM 5420.001, Revenue Policy and Administration, Spring 2019 SPOT
PADM 6710.005, Seminar in Public Administration and Management, Spring 2019 SPOT
PADM 6940.005, Directed Research in Public Administration, Fall 2018
PADM 6950.706, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2018
PADM 5400.001, Managing Financial Resources, Fall 2018 SPOT
PADM 5420.001, Revenue Policy and Administration, Fall 2018 SPOT
PADM 6710.007, Seminar in Public Administration and Management, Fall 2018 SPOT
PADM 5420.001, Revenue Policy and Administration, Spring 2018 SPOT
PADM 5700.003, Seminar in Public Administration, Spring 2018 SPOT
PADM 6710.003, Seminar in Public Administration and Management, Spring 2018 SPOT
PADM 6900.004, Special Problems, Spring 2018
PADM 6940.005, Directed Research in Public Administration, Fall 2017
PADM 5400.001, Managing Financial Resources, Fall 2017 SPOT
PADM 5420.001, Revenue Policy and Administration, Fall 2017 SPOT
PADM 6710.005, Seminar in Public Administration and Management, Fall 2017 SPOT
PADM 5430.001, Financial Accountability in Government, Spring 2017 SPOT
PADM 5420.001, Revenue Policy and Administration, Spring 2017 SPOT
PADM 6710.004, Seminar in Public Administration and Management, Spring 2017 SPOT
PADM 5900.002, Special Problems, Spring 2017
PADM 6900.001, Special Problems, Spring 2017
PADM 5420.001, Revenue Policy and Administration, Fall 2016 SPOT
PADM 5700.004, Seminar in Public Administration, Fall 2016 SPOT
PADM 6710.004, Seminar in Public Administration and Management, Fall 2016 SPOT
PADM 6710.005, Seminar in Public Administration and Management, Fall 2016 SPOT
PADM 6950.701, Doctoral Dissertation, Summer 5W2 2016
PADM 6950.701, Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2016
PADM 5430.001, Financial Accountability in Government, Spring 2016 SPOT
PADM 5420.001, Revenue Policy and Administration, Spring 2016 SPOT
PADM 6950.706, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2015
PADM 5400.001, Managing Financial Resources, Fall 2015 SPOT
PADM 5420.001, Revenue Policy and Administration, Fall 2015 SPOT
PADM 6710.005, Seminar in Public Administration and Management, Fall 2015 SPOT
PADM 6950.701, Doctoral Dissertation, Summer 5W2 2015
PADM 6950.701, Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2015
PADM 3410.001, Financial Aspects of Government., Spring 2015 Syllabus
PADM 5420.001, Revenue Policy and Administration, Spring 2015
PADM 6900.003, Special Problems, Spring 2015
PADM 6940.001, Directed Research in Public Administration, Fall 2014
PADM 6950.706, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2014
PADM 6950.701, Doctoral Dissertation, Summer 5W2 2014
PADM 5900.710, Special Problems, Summer 10W 2014
PADM 6900.711, Special Problems, Summer 10W 2014
PADM 6950.701, Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2014
PADM 5430.001, Financial Accountability in Government, Spring 2014
PADM 5420.001, Revenue Policy and Administration, Spring 2014
PADM 6710.004, Seminar in Public Administration and Management, Spring 2014
PADM 6940.004, Directed Research in Public Administration, Fall 2013
PADM 5400.001, Managing Financial Resources, Fall 2013
PADM 6900.001, Special Problems, Fall 2013
PADM 5400.001, Managing Financial Resources, Summer 10W 2013
PADM 6900.700, Special Problems, Summer 5W1 2013
PADM 5420.001, Revenue Policy and Administration, Spring 2013
PADM 5400.001, Managing Financial Resources, Fall 2012
PADM 6900.005, Special Problems, Fall 2012
PADM 5430.001, Financial Accountability in Government, Summer 10W 2012
PADM 6710.006, Seminar in Public Administration and Management, Summer 10W 2012
PADM 5420.001, Revenue Policy and Administration, Spring 2012
PADM 5900.001, Special Problems, Spring 2012
PADM 5400.001, Managing Financial Resources, Fall 2011
PADM 5400.001, Managing Financial Resources, Summer 10W 2011
PADM 5420.001, Revenue Policy and Administration, Spring 2011
PADM 5900.002, Special Problems, Spring 2011
PADM 5900.003, Special Problems, Spring 2011
PADM 5035.001, Professional Practice for Public managers, Fall 2010
PADM 5430.001, Financial Accountability in Government, Summer 10W 2010
PADM 5900.710, Special Problems, Summer 10W 2010
PADM 5420.001, Revenue Policy and Administration, Spring 2010
PADM 4900.700, Special Problems, Spring 2010
PADM 6950.702, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2009
PADM 6950.703, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2009
PADM 5035.001, Professional Practice for Public managers, Fall 2009
PADM 5420.001, Revenue Policy and Administration, Summer 10W 2009
PADM 5900.700, Special Problems, Summer 5W1 2009
PADM 5900.700, Special Problems, Summer 5W2 2009
PADM 5900.711, Special Problems, Summer 10W 2009
PADM 5400.001, Managing Financial Resources, Spring 2009
PADM 5900.001, Special Problems, Spring 2009
PADM 6940.700, Directed Research in Public Administration, Fall 2008
PADM 5430.001, Financial Accountability in Government, Summer 10W 2008
PADM 5810.001, MPA Internship Practicum, Summer 5W1 2008
PADM 5420.001, Revenue Policy and Administration, Spring 2008
PADM 5400.001, Managing Financial Resources, Fall 2007
EADP 4810.001, Emergency Management Intership, Summer 5W1 2007
EADP 4810.001, Emergency Management Intership, Summer 5W2 2007
PADM 5810.001, Public Management Internship, Summer 5W1 2007
PADM 5810.001, Public Management Internship, Summer 5W2 2007
PADM 5420.001, Revenue Policy and Administration, Summer 10W 2007
PADM 5035.001, Professional Practice for Public managers, Spring 2007
PADM 5035.001, Professional Practice for Public managers, Fall 2006
PADM 5430.001, Financial Accountability in Government, Summer 10W 2006
PADM 5900.700, Special Problems, Summer 5W1 2006
PADM 5035.001, Professional Practice for Public managers, Spring 2006
PADM 5035.001, Professional Practice for Public managers, Fall 2005
PADM 5420.001, Revenue Policy and Administration, Fall 2005
PADM 5420.001, Revenue Policy and Administration, Summer 10W 2005
PADM 5400.001, Governmental Budgeting, Spring 2005
PADM 5700.001, Seminar in Public Administration, Fall 2004

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Published Publications

Published Intellectual Contributions

Book
Bland, R. L., Overton, M. R. (2019). A Budgeting Guide for Local Government, 4th edition. (4th), 400. Washington, D.C.: International City/County Management Association. https://icma.org/publications/budgeting-guide-local-government-fourth-edition
Bland, R. L. (2013). A Budgeting Guide for Local Government , 3rd edition. (3rd edition), . Washington, D.C.: International City/County Management Association. http://icma.org/en/press/print/a_budgeting_guide_for_local_government
Bland, R. L. (2005). A Revenue Guide for Local Government 2nd edition. Washington, D.C.: International City/County Management Association.
Bland, R. L. (1997). Budgeting: A Guide for Local Governments. Washington, D.C.: International City/County Management Association.
Bland, R. L. (1986). Financing City Government in Texas: A Revenue Handbook for City Officials. Austin, Texas: Texas Municipal League.
Book Chapter
Bland, R. L., Andrew, S., Short, J. (2016). Financial Resiliency by Local Governments to Natural Disasters. Washington D.C.: American Society for Public Administration.
Bland, R. L. (2013). Chapter 9, The Property Tax. Management Policies in Local Government Finance, 6th edition. (6th), 171-191. Washington, D.C.: International City/County Management Association. http://bookstore.icma.org/BestSeller_P2274.cfm
Bland, R. L. (2006). Texas: Performance-based Budgeting and Management. Budgeting in the States: Institutions, Processes and Poliicies. 277-292. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc..
Bland, R. L., Clarke, W. (1999). Chapter 24, Budgeting for Capital Improvements. The Handbook of Government Budgeting. 653-677. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Bland, R. L. (1992). Chapter 21, Enhancing Local Government Revenues. Handbook of Governmental Accounting and Finance, 2nd edition. (2nd edition), 21.1-21.35. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc..
Bland, R. L. (1989). Acquiring and Repaying Debt. Handbook of Public Administration. 337-355. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Bland, R. L. (1985). An Integrative Approach to Budgeting in Nonprofit Organizations," in Higher Education Administration: Selected Resources For Management and Leadership.
Journal Article
Nukpezah, J. A., Bland, R. L. (2017). The Impact of New Vendors on Depositor Demand and Performance of the Texas Local Government Investment Pool. Municipal Finance Journal. 38(1), 1-25. Atlanta, Georgia: Civic Research Institute. https://www.civicresearchinstitute.com/online/article_abstract.php?pid=4&iid=1295&aid=8469
Bland, R. L., Overton, M. (2016). Assessing the Contributions of Collaborators in Public-Private Partnerships: Evidence from Tax Increment Financing. American Review of Public Administration. 46(4), 418-435. Sage Publishers. http://arp.sagepub.com/content/46/4/418.full.pdf+html
Bland, R. L., Nukpezah, J. A., Shinkle, P. (2015). Determinants of Depositor Demand for the Texas Local Government Investment Pool. Public Budgeting & Finance. 35(3), 95-115. Public Financial Publications, Inc.. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pbaf.12068/abstract
Overton, M., Bland, R. L. (2014). The Great Recession's Impact on Credible Commitment: An Analysis of Private Investment in Tax Increment Financing Districts. State and Local Government Review. 46(4), 282-297. Sage Publishers. http://slg.sagepub.com/content/46/4/282.full.pdf+html
Bland, R. L., Clarke, W. (2003). State Income Tax and Local Government Borrowing Cost Revisited. Municipal Finance Journal. 24(2), 1-15. Civic Research Institute.
Bland, R. L., Clarke, W. (2000). State Guarantees for School Debt and the Texas Penalty. Municipal Finance Journal. 21(2), 1-12. Civic Research Institute.
Bland, R. L., Clarke, W. (1998). The University's Role in Credentialing the Public Finance Officer. Public Budgeting & Finance. 18(2), 10-17. Public Financial Publications, Inc..
Bland, R. L. (1997). Franchise Fees and Telecommunications Services: Is a New Paradigm Needed?. Other. 437-443.
Bland, R. L., Laosirirat, P. (1997). Tax Limitations To Reduce Municipal Property Taxes: Truth in Taxation in Texas. Journal of Urban Affairs. 19(1), 45-58. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9906.1997.tb00396.x/abstract
Bland, R. L., Nunn, S. (1992). The Impact of Capital Spending on Municipal Operating Budgets. Public Budgeting & Finance. 12(2), 32-47.
Bland, R. L., Chen, L. (1990). Taxable Municipal Bonds: State and Local Governments Confront the Tax-Exempt Limitation Movement. Public Administration Review. 50(1), 42-48.
Bland, R. L., Yu, C. (1988). State Credit Assistance for Public School Debt: A Comparison of the Cost Effectiveness of Five State Programs. Journal of Education Finance. 13(4), 460-476.
Bland, R. L. (1987). Municipal Bond Insurance: An Assessment of Its Effectiveness at Lowering Interest Costs. Government Finance Review. 23-26.
Bland, R. L. (1987). The Interest Cost Savings From Municipal Bond Insurance: The Implications for Privatization. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Winter, pp. 6(2), 207-219. John Wiley & Sons, Inc..
Bland, R. L. (1986). The Effect of Cash Management Innovations on the Investment Income of Local Governments. State and Local Government Review. 18(1), 20-25. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4354865?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
Bland, R. L. (1986). Increasing City Revenues Without Increasing Taxes. Texas Town and City. Austin, Texas: Texas Municipal League.
Bland, R. L., Roden, P. F. (1986). Issuer Sophistication and Underpricing in the Negotiated Municipal Bond Market. Journal of Financial Research. 9(2), 163-170. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1475-6803.1986.tb00445.x/abstract
Bland, R. L. (1985). Cash Investment Practices in Texas Cities: The Results of a Survey of Finance Directors.
Bland, R. L. (1985). Cash Management in Texas Cities. Other.
Bland, R. L. (1985). Cash Management Practices in Smaller Texas Cities. Government Finance Review. 45-47. Chicago, Illinois: Government Finance Officers Association.
Bland, R. L. (1985). The Interest Cost Savings From Experience in the Municipal Bond Market. Public Administration Review. 45(1), 233-237. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3110152?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
Bland, R. L. (1984). The Interest Savings From Optimizing Issue Size and Frequency of Participation in the Municipal Bond Market. Public Budgeting & Finance. 4(4), 53-59. Public Financial Publications, Inc..
Bland, R. L. (1984). The Implicit Price of Housing Attributes: An Explication and Application of the Theory to Mass Appraisal Research. Other. 3(1), 55-65. Chicago, Illinois: IAAO.
Magazine/Trade Publication
Bland, R. L., McLain, Jr., L. F. (2020). Managing Through Tragedies: Keeping Your Career Intact and on Track. Public Management (PM). 103, No. 1, 10-15. Washington, DC: International City/County Management Association. https://issuu.com/icma-pm/docs/pm_jan_2021
Bland, R. L., Overton, M. (2020). A Century of Budget Innovation. Public Management (PM). 102, 7-12. Washington, DC: International City/County Management Association. https://icma.org/articles/pm-magazine/century-budget-innovation
Monograph
Bland, R. L. (2002). Accounting and Financial Reporting Study Guide.
Bland, R. L. (1992). Local Revenue Sources for Housing and Related Infrastructure: A Workbook for Polish Local Governments.
Bland, R. L. (1989). Local Revenue Diversification. Alternatives for Achieving a More Efficient and Equitable Structure. Rethinking Texas Taxes, Final Report of the Select Committee on Tax Equity. 357-361. Austin, Texas: Texas Legislative Budget Board.
Bland, R. L. (1985). Budgeting and Financial Management Course III for the Texas Municipal Clerks and Secretaries Certification Program.
Bland, R. L. (1982). Financing County Government: The Final Report of the Tax Review Advisory Commission of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
Newsletter
Bland, R. L. (1986). The Effectiveness of Municipal Bond Insurance. Texas Government Finance Officers Newsletter.
Bland, R. L. (1985). The School Bond Guarantee Program: Boon or Bane?. Texas Lone Star. 12.
Bland, R. L. (1978). Proposition 13.

Awarded Grants

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Fellowship
Bland, R. L., "Hatton W. Sumners Scholarships in Public Administration," Sponsored by Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, Private, $129163 Funded. (January 2019December 2019).
Bland, R. L., "Gordon Carpenter Endowed Scholarship in Public Service," Sponsored by Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, Regional, $25000 Funded. (February 23, 2019).
Bland, R. L. (Principal), "Hatton W. Sumners Scholarships in Public Administration," Sponsored by Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, Private, $150000 Funded. (January 2018December 2018).
Bland, R. L. (Principal), "Texas Research Incentive Program," Sponsored by State of Texas, State, $65250 Funded. (January 2017August 2018).
Bland, R. L. (Principal), "Hatton W. Sumners Scholarships in Public Administration," Sponsored by Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, Private, $153500 Funded. (January 2017December 2017).
Bland, R. L. (Principal), "Hatton W. Sumners Scholarships in Public Administration," Sponsored by Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, Private, $139000 Funded. (January 2016December 2016).
Bland, R. l. (Principal), "Hatton W. Sumners Scholarships in Public Administration," Sponsored by Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, Private, $130500 Funded. (January 1, 2015December 31, 2015).
Grant - Research
Shi, Y. (Principal), Bland, R. L. (Co-Principal), Li, Q. (Co-Principal), "Fiscal Self-sufficiency, Debt Limits, and Fiscal Sustainability in China’s Emerging Municipal Bond Market," Sponsored by Program on the People’s Republic of China International Fellowship Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, International, $35000 Funded. (March 1, 2021May 31, 2022).
Bland, R. L. (Co-Principal), Overton, M. (Co-Principal), "Reconsidering the Association of Economic Development and Local Government Fiscal Health: Finding the Linkages between a City’s Economic Base and its Budget Volatility," Sponsored by The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Private, $33000 Funded. (January 1, 2016August 31, 2018).
Grant - Teaching
Bland, R. L. (Principal), "American Public Finance Policy and Administration," Sponsored by State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (People's Republic of China), International, $13495 Funded. (May 2019July 2019).
Bland, R. L. (Principal), "Service grant to host a visiting professor from Renmin University, Beijing, China.," Sponsored by UNT China Venture Fund, University of North Texas, $5500 Funded. (August 2017August 2018).
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  • Overall Summative Rating (median):
    This rating represents the combined responses of students to the four global summative items and is presented to provide an overall index of the class’s quality. Overall summative statements include the following (response options include a Likert scale ranging from 5 = Excellent, 3 = Good, and 1= Very poor):
    • The course as a whole was
    • The course content was
    • The instructor’s contribution to the course was
    • The instructor’s effectiveness in teaching the subject matter was
  • Challenge and Engagement Index:
    This rating combines student responses to several SPOT items relating to how academically challenging students found the course to be and how engaged they were. Challenge and Engagement Index items include the following (response options include a Likert scale ranging from 7 = Much higher, 4 = Average, and 1 = Much lower):
    • Do you expect your grade in this course to be
    • The intellectual challenge presented was
    • The amount of effort you put into this course was
    • The amount of effort to succeed in this course was
    • Your involvement in course (doing assignments, attending classes, etc.) was
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