Michelle Turner Mangan, PhD

Associate Professor of Research

Chair - Department of Research

College of Graduate and Innovative Programs

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, educational policy, educational leadership and K-12 mathematics and science.


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

Academic and Professional Highlights

Professional Memberships

  • Board of Advisors, National Education Finance Academy
  • PTO Executive Board, Longfellow Elementary School, District 97
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association for Education Finance and Policy
  • Illinois Association of School Business Officials

Prior Positions

  • Trial Expert, Duane Morris LLP, Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago Urban League v. Illinois State Board of Ed (2012-present) 
  • External Reviewer, Illinois State Board of Education, School Improvement Grant Applications (May-June 2014)


  • “Innovation in school funding.” Jacoby, M., & Mangan, M. T. Illinois Association of School Business Officials Update Magazine, 23(4), 32-39. (In Press 2016, Summer).
  • “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.” In 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., Purinton, T., & Aportela, A. (2011, Spring).
  • "An Evidence-Based Adequacy Funding Solution for Illinois Education." M. T. Mangan; T. Purinton; A. Aportela. Journal of School Business Management, 23(1), 11-19, Spring, 2011.
  • "Creating an Adequate Funding Model in Illinois." T. Purinton, and M. T. Mangan. Illinois School Board Journal, 78(2), 24-27, 2010.

Awards and Honors

  • Concordia University Chicago Research Award (2013-2014)
  • National Louis University Faculty Excellence Award in Service (2012)