Dr. Mangan joined Concordia-Chicago's faculty in the fall of 2012 and currently teaches quantitative research and school finance courses. Her areas of expertise include research methods, school finance and statewide education policy.


  • PhD, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis; Distributed Minor in Statistics - University of Wisconsin; Madison, WI
  • MSEd, Psychological Services - University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA
  • BS, Psychology - University of Illinois; Champaign, IL

Academic and Professional Highlights

Awards and Honors

  • Concordia University Chicago Research Award (2013-2014)
  • National Louis University Faculty Excellence Award in Service (2012)
  • David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar (2007)
  • Wisconsin-Spencer Doctoral Research Program Fellow (2004-2007)

Prior Positions

  • Trial Expert - Duane Morris LLP, Jenner & Block LLP; Chicago Urban League v. Illinois State Board of Ed
  • Principal Investigator - Illinois School Improvement Grants Study
  • Assistant Professor - National Louis University (Chicago, IL)
    • Co-Chair, Illinois School Finance Adequacy Taskforce
  • Consultant-  Lawrence O. Picus and Associates, LLC (North Hollywood, CA)
    • Arkansas School Uses of Resources Study
    • Wyoming School Uses of Resources and Instructional Improvement Study
    • Washington Successful Districts Study
  • Program Assistant - Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) (Madison, WI)
    • Wisconsin School Finance Adequacy Initiative
  • Evaluator- Learning Point Associates (Naperville, IL) & Research for Better Schools (Philadelphia, PA)
    • North Central Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Consortium
    • Mid-Atlantic Regional Consortium for Mathematics and Science Education
  • Children’s Outpatient Therapist & Adult Intake Supervisor - Community Council for Mental Health and Mental Retardation (Philadelphia, PA)

Professional Memberships

  • Founding Chair & Member, Professional Review Panel, Illinois State Board of Education (2018-2021)
  • Chair, Equity Committee (2018-2020)
  • Member, Evaluative Study Committee (2018-2020)
  • Member, Recalibration Committee (2018-2020)
  • Member, Annual Spending Plan Committee (2018-2020)
  • Member, Reporting Committee (2020-2021)
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Education Finance
  • Chair, Financial Oversight and Review Committee, District 97
  • Member & Past Officer, Fiscal SIG, American Educational Research Association
  • Member, Association for Education Finance and Policy


  • Featured scholarship & policy work on Illinois school funding 
    • Pogue, P. (July 19, 2019). Education is key project on Illinois public school funding: Oral history of Michelle Turner Mangan, Ph.D. Springfield, IL: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.
    • WTTW education article (Masterson, August 23, 2016)
    • Television segment on Chicago Tonight (Friedman, September 21, 2016)


  • Mangan, M. T. (2017, Summer). Book Review: Grit: The power of passion and perseverance. Lutheran Education Journal, p. 29-31.

  • Jacoby, M., & Mangan, M. T. (2016, Summer). Innovation in school funding. Illinois Association of School Business Officials Update Magazine, 23(4).

  • Mangan, M. T. (2015). An analysis of the Illinois State Board Education’s proration method for managing cuts in Fiscal Years 2013-2015. Submitted as an Affidavit in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois as part of Chicago Urban League, et al. v. Illinois State Board of Education.

  • Mangan, M. T. (2015). Illinois school improvement grants: Strategies and conditions for improving student outcomes.  River Forest, Illinois: Author.

  • Mangan, M. T. (2014, September). Guaranteed tax base. Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance. Edited by D. J. Brewer and L. O. Picus. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  • Mangan, M. T. (2012, November).  An examination of whether minority status of Illinois school districts determines ELL funding from the Illinois State Board of Education. (Prepared for Jenner & Block as an expert report submitted in Chicago Urban League v. Illinois State Board of Education). Chicago: Author.


  • Mangan, M. T., Martire, R., & Harkin, S. (2019, May). Evidence-based funding: An update from the Professional Review Panel. Presentation to the Illinois ASBO Annual Conference, Schaumburg, IL.

  • Mangan, M. T., & Harkin, S. (2018, October). Professional Review Panel Evidence-Based Funding. Presentation to the Illinois ASBO Delegate Advisory Assembly, Naperville, IL.

  • Mangan, M. T. (2017, March). Illinois school finance adequacy: Examining the evidence-based model through legal and leadership lenses. Keynote presentation at Southern Illinois University School Law and Leadership Day, Carbondale, IL.

  • Mangan, M. T. (2016, December). Research Supporting the Evidence-Based ModelInvited presentation to the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission, Chicago, IL.

  • Mangan, M. T. (2016, August). Illinois School Finance Adequacy: Calculating the Evidence-Based Model for Statewide Policy ImplementationInvited presentation to the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission, Chicago, IL

  • Mangan, M. T. (2015, October). ISBE’s proration method for managing cuts: The cause for a disparate school funding impact on minority districts. Presented at the Illinois Education Research Council Annual Conference, Lisle, IL.

  • Mangan, M. T. (2014, October). Illinois school improvement grants: Lessons from school-level case studies. Invited presentation at ISBE FY15 SIG Fall Grantee Convening, Lisle, IL.

  • Mangan, M. T. (2014, March). Illinois school improvement grants: A statewide qualitative school-level exploration of successful strategies and conditions for improving student outcomes.  Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, San Antonio, TX.

  • Mangan, M. T. (2014, March). State of the states and provinces: Illinois. Policy update presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, San Antonio, TX.  

  • Mangan, M. T. (2017, April). School funding formula reform: The evidence-based model. Invited presentation at the Illinois Association of School Board Officials Annual Conference, Peoria, Illinois.