15th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Conference



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15th Annual Emergency Management

Higher Education Conference

Preparing for the Future of



Emergency Management and Homeland Security
June 4–7, 2012

Emergency Management Institute

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Department of Homeland Security

Emmitsburg, MD

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 – Morning Plenary – E Auditorium
7:00–8:30 a.m. Conference Registration (E Building, 1st Floor Hallway)
8:30–9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks



Tony Russell, CEM

Superintendent

Emergency Management Institute

Federal Emergency Management Agency/Department of Homeland Security

Emmitsburg, MD
9:00–9:15 a.m. Mitigation Welcome and FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Program Update
Lillian Virgil

Mitigation Branch Chief

Emergency Management Institute

Federal Emergency Management Agency/Department of Homeland Security

Emmitsburg, MD
9:15–9:25 a.m. Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Vilma Schifano Milmoe

Deputy Superintendent

Emergency Management Institute

Federal Emergency Management Agency/Department of Homeland Security

Emmitsburg, MD
9:25–10:10 a.m. Reflections: Seeing the Future through the Past
Lucien Canton

Consultant, Author, and Speaker

Lucien G. Canton, CEM (LLC)
10:10–10:15 a.m. Homeland Security Track/Welcome
Stanley B. Supinski, Ph.D.

Director, Partnership Programs, Naval Postgraduate School

Center for Homeland Defense and Security

Associate Professor, Long Island University

Homeland Security Management Institute
10:15–10:20 a.m. Morning and Afternoon Breakout Session Room Announcements
10:20–10:30 a.m. Break
10:30–11:30 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch – K Building Cafeteria

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 – Morning Plenary – E Auditorium (Continued)
1:00–2:30 p.m. 1st Round of Afternoon Breakout Sessions
2:30–3:00 p.m. Break
3:00–5:00 p.m. 2nd Round of Afternoon Breakout Sessions
5:00–7:00 p.m. Cookout – Log Cabin10:30–11:30 Tuesday, June 5th – Morning Breakout Sessions
(1)  Academia, Emergency Management, and the Role of Geospatial Technologies
Description: This session will explore recent advances in geospatial technologies and their implications for teaching and research in the higher education environment. Recent implementations of tools in the classroom, lessons learned from those experiences, and strategies for future improvements of teaching practices will be covered. Current and potential roles that higher education can serve in the advancement of geospatial research and service will also be addressed. The session will conclude with the roles academia can play in support of emergency management and recent examples of projects that involve partnerships between colleges, universities, and emergency management agencies.

     


Moderator: R. Samuel Winningham

Program Analyst (Systems)

Grants Data Analysis and Tools Branch
Risk Reduction Division
Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration
DHS-FEMA

Crystal City, VA


Presenter: Shane Hubbard

Department of Geography

The University of Iowa 
Iowa City, IA
Reporter: Alison Buchanan, Buchanan_alison@hotmail.com

York University (CAN)


(2) Preparedness, Warnings, and Protective Action: Class Exercises/Campus Public Emergency Communications – Best Practices and Emerging Trends
Moderator: Jean Bail, Ed.D., RN, MSN, MEP, CEN, EMT-P

Philadelphia University

Philadelphia, PA
Topic: Preparedness, Warnings, and Protective Action: Class Exercises
Description: This presentation reviews a novel class exercise to reinforce the concepts of preparedness (individual and community), warnings, and individual protective action. These concepts are acted out by the students to test their knowledge and based on grounded research literature related to warnings (Drabek 1999, Mileti and Peek 2000, Lindell and Perry 2004).  
Presenter: DeeDee Bennett

Doctoral Student

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK



10:30–11:30 Tuesday, June 5th – Morning Breakout Sessions (Continued)
Topic: Campus Public Emergency Communications – Best Practices and Emerging Trends
Description: This presentation summarizes research conducted to develop three intern-based courses on the subject of campus emergency communications. Attendees will benefit from hearing what campus emergency management personnel and their first responder colleagues have identified as best practices and emerging trends in emergency communications for American campuses.
Presenter: Albert Brown

Lecturer


College of Technology and Innovation

Arizona State University


Reporter: Stephanie Gibbs, gibbssg@upmc.edu

Walden University


(3) Community Support and Training for Emergency Preparedness: Applications, Social Media, and Changing Technology
Description: The Georgia Disaster Mental Health website makes all facets of Emergency Management (EM) accessible to the general public. The K–12 Emergency Preparedness Technical Assistance Center (K–12 EPTAC) combines the benefits of online coursework with the engagement of experiential learning in bringing EM to the K–12 community. The examples presented provide interdisciplinary research and development efforts that expand the current methods used for disseminating information. These projects open the way to increased technologically enhanced trainings.
Moderator: Dr. Marvine Hamner

Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management

Frederick Community College

Frederick, MD


Presenters: Louis Boynton, MA, LPC, Ph.D. Candidate

Project Coordinator, Georgia Disaster Mental Health Website

Project Designer & Trainer, K–12 Emergency Preparedness Technical Assistance Center

Assessment Counselor, Willowbrooke Hospital

University of West Georgia

Carrollton, GA


Curt Arey, MA, LAPC

Project Coordinator, Georgia Disaster Mental Health Website

Project Designer & Trainer, K–12 Emergency Preparedness Technical Assistance Center

Resident Psychotherapist, Heartwork Counseling Center

University of West Georgia

Carrollton, GA


Reporter: Rex Temple, rextemple@hotmail.com

Park University



10:30–11:30 Tuesday, June 5th – Morning Breakout Sessions (Continued)
(4) Experiential Learning: Measuring Practitioner Experiences Against Course Learning Objectives
Description: Incorporating practitioner experience in higher education is important to adult learners. However, it can also be challenging for instructors since experiences are unique to the individual and may or may not directly apply to course learning objectives. This presentation introduces a model for how instructors can use reflective learning in assessing student understanding of course objectives through their unique practitioner experiences.
Moderator: Ali Gheith, CEM

Director


MPA in Emergency and Disaster Management Program

Metropolitan College of New York

New York, NY
Presenter: Kenneth Goldberg, DPA

Associate Professor

National University

La Jolla, CA


Reporter: Montray Smith, mmsmith@mail.usf.edu

University of South Florida


(5) Leadership Styles Enhancing Disaster Preparedness Operations
Description: Emergency Managers are being tasked to provide an expanded array of services to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and manmade disasters and terrorist attacks. Consequently, this session offers participants 10 leadership principles and practices contributing to Emergency Managers’ knowledge, skills, and abilities for making the transition from plan to progress! Additionally, video segments will be used to support the PowerPoint presentation of the leadership principles and practices that aid emergency management leaders in putting plans into action to achieve organizational success. There will be time for questions and answers.

Moderator: Jim Savitt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Area Coordinator

Emergency Management and Fire Services Administration

Empire State College Center for Distance Learning

Saratoga Springs, NY
Presenters: Sheriff Kem Kimbrough, B.S., J.D.

Sheriff of Clayton County

Clayton County, GA
Bill Lowe, Ph.D., DBA, EMT-P, EFO, LEO

Associate Professor of Emergency Management

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, AL


Reporter: Sandra Speer, SSPEER1@capellauniversity.edu

Capella University



10:30–11:30 Tuesday, June 5th – Morning Breakout Sessions (Continued)
(6) A Focus on the Brick and Mortar Type of Emergency Management Education
Description: “Brick and mortar” Emergency Management higher education programs are an important subset of the Nation’s Emergency Management university program offerings. These programs are defined here as the more traditional education programs of Emergency Management study hosted at 4-year institutions, leading to various types of degrees, taught by doctorate-holding, tenure-based faculty, with face-to-face classroom instruction, and a minimal reliance on online course offerings. Institutions with these types of programs will share their experiences and lessons learned in program development and implementation.
Moderator: Paul Kennedy, MPH, MSN, LTC, AN

Public Health Staff Officer

Proponency Office for Preventive Medicine, U.S. Army Medical Command

Fort Sam Houston, TX


Presenters: Jessica Jensen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Emergency Management

North Dakota State University

Fargo, ND
Elliot Jennings

Lecturer and EOC Coordinator

University of North Texas

Denton, TX



Heriberto Urby, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Western Illinois University

Macomb, IL


Jack Rozdilsky, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Western Illinois University

Macomb, IL


Reporter: Gerald Steffen, gsteffen1@capellauniversity.edu

Capella University


1:00–2:30 1st Round of Tuesday, June 5th Afternoon Breakout Sessions
(1) Associate Level Program Development

               



Description: The purpose of this session is to facilitate discussion on what works and what does not in an Emergency Management program. Topics of discussion will include: the identification of objectives and competencies; course design; curriculum mapping; delivery methods; audience identification; marketing; transferability; and employment opportunities. A panel of members, from both new and established programs, will talk about their experiences, followed by discussion from audience members.  
Moderator: Clinton Andersen
Faculty – Emergency Management

Community College of Aurora

Denver, CO
Presenters: Benn Prybutok, MA, EJD

Director

Emergency Management & Planning

Montgomery County Community College

Blue Bell, PA
Robert Aberle

Chair


Public Safety & Human Services

College of Southern Nevada

North Las Vegas, NV
Katherine “Lark” Stewart

Director


Emergency Management Program

Edmonds Community College

Lynnwood, WA
Judy Jaeger

Emergency Management Program Chair

Central Georgia Technical College

Macon, GA


Reporter: Jacob Dickman, jdickman2@capellauniversity.edu

Capella University


(2) Maximizing the Potential of Emergency Management Higher Education
Description: Emergency Management higher education has come a long way since the first program was developed at the University of North Texas in 1984. Programs have increased in number as have the number of students enrolled. But, where do we—as the higher education community—want to go from here? Where do we need to go? Are there things we want to pursue as a community to maximize the potential of our programs into the future? This session will address these questions through a facilitated discussion amongst those in attendance.

1:00–2:30 1st Round of Tuesday, June 5th Afternoon Breakout Sessions (Continued)
The session will not feature any presentations; instead, the purpose of this forum is to allow individuals associated with higher education programs to both listen to and comment on what others envision for the future and what it will take to get there. Possible topics for discussion include ideas to make programs sustainable, visible, and valuable within their institutions; ideas for the future of curriculums and the emergency management body of knowledge; and ideas for overcoming challenges faced by programs, in addition to any other topics those in the audience would like to discuss.

Moderator: Jessica Jensen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Emergency Management

North Dakota State University

Fargo, ND
Reporter: Gerald Steffen, gsteffen1@capellauniversity.edu

Capella University


(3) Incorporating Cultural Competence into Emergency Management Programs
Description: The disparities found in at-risk populations present an additional challenge for professionals and Emergency Managers relative to providing services that are culturally competent. Preparing students who are competent, culturally aware, and sensitive is critical for educational institutions that provide related degree options and programs. With consideration to social determinants, this presentation will demonstrate the value of cultural competency training.
Moderator: Ali Gheith, CEM

Director


MPA in Emergency and Disaster Management Program

Metropolitan College of New York

New York, NY
Presenters: Laurie Shanderson, Ph.D., MPA

Assistant Dean

School of Health Sciences

Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Galloway, NJ
Dale Sanders, DO, MBA

Director/Assistant Professor

Health Care Administration/Business Administration

Alma College

Alma, MI
Reporter: Rex Temple, rextemple@hotmail.com

Park University




1:00–2:30 1st Round of Tuesday, June 5th Afternoon Breakout Sessions (Continued)
(4) Generating Meaningful Research Questions: An Academic/Practitioner Collaboration
Description: This panel of academics, doctoral students, and practitioners will discuss how to craft emergency management research that contributes to the body of knowledge and is informed by and accessible to the practitioner community.
Moderator: Jane Kushma, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Doctoral Program Director, Institute for Emergency Preparedness

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, AL

Presenters: Jane Kushma, Ph.D.

Joseph Barbera, M.D.

Associate Professor of Engineering Management (Crisis & Emergency Management) Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine Co-Director, Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management The George Washington University Washington, DC



Steve Reissman, Ph.D., CEM

Strategic Integration Group

Office of Response and Recovery

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Washington, DC
John Fenn EM Doctoral Student

Jacksonville State University

Emergency Management Preparedness Specialist Eastaboga, AL
Scott Manning EM Doctoral Student Jacksonville State University

District Quality Assurance Program, Materials Division


Virginia Department of Transportation, Salem District
Royce Woodruff EM Doctoral Student Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, AL


Reporter: Stephanie Gibbs, gibbssg@upmc.edu

Walden University


1:00–2:30 1st Round of Tuesday, June 5th Afternoon Breakout Sessions (Continued)
(5) Emergency Management Accreditation Programs: Are ANY Right for You?
Description: This session explores Emergency Management-related higher education accreditation programs. While a few do exist, many programs still have not jumped on the accreditation bandwagon. Why? An overview of various accreditation programs will be provided, as well as a panel session addressing accreditation perspectives/experiences and areas of concern.
Moderator: Johanna Bishop, M.S., M.Ed., CPT

Director


Behavioral Science Programs

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE
Presenters: Stacy Willett, Ed.D.

Associate Professor/Lead Faculty

Emergency Management & Homeland Security

The University of Akron

Akron, OH
Robert Schwartz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Director, Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy Research

The University of Akron

Akron, OH

Carol Cwiak, J.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Emergency Management

North Dakota State University

Fargo, ND
David McEntire, Ph.D.

Professor

Emergency Administration and Planning Program

Department of Public Administration

University of North Texas

Denton, TX    



Reporter: Montray Smith, mmsmith@mail.usf.edu

University of South Florida



1:00–2:30 1st Round of Tuesday, June 5th Afternoon Breakout Sessions (Continued)
(6) A Balanced Homeland Security and Emergency Management Undergraduate Curriculum: The Eastern Kentucky Experience
Description: Using the model curriculum for undergraduate Homeland Security programs developed at a conference in 2009 at the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) revised its curriculum. With a combination of major and interdisciplinary supporting courses, the revised EKU curriculum demonstrates how to balance Homeland Security courses on infrastructure protection, counterterrorism, and policy and intelligence support with comprehensive Emergency Management instruction.

Moderator: Stanley B. Supinski, Ph.D.

Director, Partnership Programs, Naval Postgraduate School

Center for Homeland Defense and Security

Associate Professor, Long Island University

Homeland Security Management Institute
Presenters: Michael Collier, Ph.D.

Homeland Security Program Coordinator

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, KY


Fred May, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Homeland Security

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, KY


Reporter: Amy Pelicano, amy.pelicano@mycampus.apus.edu

American Public University



3:00–5:00 2nd Round of Tuesday, June 5th Afternoon Breakout Sessions
(1) Maintaining and Improving Bachelor’s-Level Emergency Management Programs

Description: This session discusses bachelor’s programs in Emergency Management. Faculty from four programs will present a brief description of their programs and discuss various methods of recruiting students, curriculum issues, sustainability, and overall management of Emergency Management programs. In addition, they will discuss both successful and failed strategies. Following these case study presentations, the floor is open for questions and discussion to exchange ideas.
Moderator: Robert Schwartz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Director, Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy Research

The University of Akron

Akron, OH
Presenters: Robert Schwartz, Ph.D.
Stacy Willett, Ed.D.

Associate Professor/Lead Faculty

Emergency Management & Homeland Security

The University of Akron

Akron, OH
Daniel Klenow, Ph.D.

Professor and Head

Department of Emergency Management

Co-Director, Center for Disaster Studies and Emergency Management

North Dakota State University

Fargo, ND


R. Mark Kelley, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Department of Health Sciences

Western Illinois University

Macomb, IL
Thomas Lennon, J.D.

CAPT, USCG (Retired)

Associate Professor

Environmental Protection, Safety and Emergency Management

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, MA


Reporter: Gerald Steffen, gsteffen1@capellauniversity.edu

Capella University


3:00–5:00 2nd Round of Tuesday, June 5th Afternoon Breakout Sessions (Continued)
(2) Emergency Management at HBCUs and Minority-Serving Institutions: Best Practices and Challenges
Description: The session will be two-fold. The academic panel will present information pertinent to HBCUs and other Minority Institutions regarding lessons learned in establishing degree programs in emergency management; the support required for establishing and maintaining the programs; and the programs’ reception by administrators, students, and the community.
The Federal panel includes representatives from Federal government agencies who will address funding available for personnel, administrators, research projects, etc., at Minority and Minority-Serving Institutions.
Moderator: Meldon Hollis

Associate Director

White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Washington, DC

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