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1 Coordinating Higher Education Programs in Emergency Management A Perspective from Emergency Administration and Planning (EADP) at the University of North Texas

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6 But Seriously... A brief introduction A brief introduction Disclaimer Disclaimer Questions and comments are invited Questions and comments are invited

7 Goals of the Presentation Provide background information about the EADP program Provide background information about the EADP program Discuss the difficulties confronting emergency management programs (both generic and specific) Discuss the difficulties confronting emergency management programs (both generic and specific) Highlight what EADP has done/is doing to overcome them Highlight what EADP has done/is doing to overcome them Explore future challenges/opportunities Explore future challenges/opportunities

8 History of the Emergency Administration and Planning (EADP) Program An outgrowth of North Texas State University’s continuing education for the Federal Emergency Management Agency An outgrowth of North Texas State University’s continuing education for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Proposed as an academic degree in 1983 Proposed as an academic degree in 1983 Became fully operational in Summer 1984 Became fully operational in Summer 1984 The first to offer a Bachelor of Science in the field according to the Education Commission of the United States The first to offer a Bachelor of Science in the field according to the Education Commission of the United States

9 History of the EADP Program (cont.) Originally taught from a practitioner’s viewpoint Originally taught from a practitioner’s viewpoint Developed a strong academic orientation in the mid 1990s Developed a strong academic orientation in the mid 1990s

10 EADP Student Base Historically made up of practitioners seeking a career change or additional credentials and qualifications Historically made up of practitioners seeking a career change or additional credentials and qualifications Now includes more traditional, pre-career students Now includes more traditional, pre-career students

11 EADP Graduates Local and State Emergency Management Offices FEMA Other Federal Agencies (EPA, OFDA) Foreign Governments American Red Cross International Organizations Business Continuity Companies Transportation Firms Other

12 EADP Faculty and Adjunct Instructors David McEntire, Ph.D. David McEntire, Ph.D. Terry Sullivan, Ph.D. Terry Sullivan, Ph.D. Rich Weber, M.A. Rich Weber, M.A. Jim Legrotte, M.S. Jim Legrotte, M.S. Rob Holman, M.E. Rob Holman, M.E. Kirk Driver, M.P.A. Kirk Driver, M.P.A. Others Others

13 Generic Challenges for Emergency Management Programs Recruiting students Recruiting students Acquiring relevant information resources Acquiring relevant information resources Integrating theoretical and applied approaches Integrating theoretical and applied approaches Providing the “big picture” Providing the “big picture” Specialization Specialization

14 Facilitating Student Recruitment Develop a logo Develop a logo

15 Facilitating Student Recruitment Develop a logo Develop a logo Produce a brochure Produce a brochure Send out an information kit Send out an information kit Generate a news letter Generate a news letter Get exposure on the web Get exposure on the web Educate prospective students Educate prospective students Offer a new course to recruit students Offer a new course to recruit students Provide social activities Provide social activities Acquire scholarship funds Acquire scholarship funds Maintain contact with degree advisors Maintain contact with degree advisors Improve course content and instruction Improve course content and instruction

16 Acquiring Relevant Information Resources Request FEMA/state/Red Cross training materials and publications Request FEMA/state/Red Cross training materials and publications Acquire FEMA’s Higher Education courses Acquire FEMA’s Higher Education courses Obtain documents from local jurisdictions Obtain documents from local jurisdictions Order books related to emergency management Order books related to emergency management Subscribe to scholarly journals Subscribe to scholarly journals

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18 Providing a Strong Theoretical Foundation Origins of the field (Sociology of disaster) Origins of the field (Sociology of disaster) Definitions of hazards, disasters, vulnerability, etc. Definitions of hazards, disasters, vulnerability, etc. Goals of emergency management Goals of emergency management Four phases of emergency management Four phases of emergency management Three sectors of emergency management Three sectors of emergency management 2 foundations of emergency management 2 foundations of emergency management Popular concepts such as resistance, resilience, sustainable development, etc. Popular concepts such as resistance, resilience, sustainable development, etc.

19 The Need for an Applied Approach Would you want a doctor to operate on you who had no practical skills? Would you want a doctor to operate on you who had no practical skills? Students desire both theory and practical application Students desire both theory and practical application Prospective employers want people who will contribute with minimal training! Prospective employers want people who will contribute with minimal training! Some practitioners are not getting the training they need Some practitioners are not getting the training they need

20 Complementing Theory With: Practical knowledge, skills and abilities Practical knowledge, skills and abilities Field trips Field trips Internships Internships Group projects Group projects

21 Practical KSAs Recognizing important disaster terminology Recognizing important disaster terminology Understanding the legal basis of the field Understanding the legal basis of the field Assessing hazards and vulnerabilities Assessing hazards and vulnerabilities Knowing what a mutual aid agreement is Knowing what a mutual aid agreement is Writing and revising plans, developing resource lists Writing and revising plans, developing resource lists Creating disaster exercise scenarios Creating disaster exercise scenarios Involvement in disaster simulations Involvement in disaster simulations Setting up an EOC Setting up an EOC Implementing ICS Implementing ICS Spotting severe weather Spotting severe weather Using computer technology Using computer technology Comprehending recovery (DA, PA, IA, DRC) Comprehending recovery (DA, PA, IA, DRC) Public speaking Public speaking Participating in group projects Participating in group projects

22 Field Trips FEMA Region VI Headquarters FEMA Region VI Headquarters FEMA National Disaster Application Center FEMA National Disaster Application Center Local Emergency Operations Centers Local Emergency Operations Centers Red Cross Chapters Red Cross Chapters National Weather Service Office National Weather Service Office Corporations (Cura, Hulcher Services) Corporations (Cura, Hulcher Services) Other (Airports, Hospitals, etc.) Other (Airports, Hospitals, etc.)

23 Internships Required as part of degree at UNT Required as part of degree at UNT Reinforce theory Reinforce theory Develop practical skills Develop practical skills Provide networking opportunities Provide networking opportunities Give real world experience Give real world experience Ease transition to a career Ease transition to a career Lead to employment Lead to employment

24 Ideas for Internships FEMA FEMA Local emergency management offices Local emergency management offices Red Cross Red Cross Airline companies/airports Airline companies/airports Hospitals Hospitals Transportation companies Transportation companies Operation Lone Star Operation Lone Star Congressional offices Congressional offices International relief organizations International relief organizations Police and fire departments Police and fire departments Other Other

25 Managing Internships Seek internship opportunities Seek internship opportunities Educate new students on the internship process Educate new students on the internship process Ensure students are ready for internship Ensure students are ready for internship Select an internship based on student’s career objective Select an internship based on student’s career objective Coordinate the internship Coordinate the internship Educate the internship host Educate the internship host Follow up as needed Follow up as needed Meet periodically as a class Meet periodically as a class Conduct Evaluations Conduct Evaluations

26 Group Projects Assess hazards and vulnerabilities Assess hazards and vulnerabilities Revise emergency operations plans Revise emergency operations plans Participate in exercises Participate in exercises Facilitate university preparedness Facilitate university preparedness Other Other

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28 Providing the “BIG PICTURE” Required courses Required courses Guest lecturers Guest lecturers Conferences Conferences Program accreditation Program accreditation Advisory Board Advisory Board

29 Required Courses Geography or Geology Geography or Geology Technical Writing Technical Writing Introduction to Emergency Management Introduction to Emergency Management Hazard Mitigation Hazard Mitigation Emergency Preparedness Emergency Preparedness Disaster Response Disaster Response Disaster Recovery Disaster Recovery Leadership and Organizational Behavior Leadership and Organizational Behavior Capstone Course in Emergency Management Capstone Course in Emergency Management

30 Guest Lecturers The role of FEMA The role of FEMA Disaster response operations Disaster response operations Disaster planning Disaster planning Warning systems Warning systems Community education Community education Emergency management grants Emergency management grants The insurance industry The insurance industry Companies involved in recovery Companies involved in recovery Terrorism Terrorism Project Impact Project Impact

31 Guest Lecturers (cont.) Disaster exercises Disaster exercises Careers in emergency management Careers in emergency management Business continuity planning Business continuity planning Hazardous materials management Hazardous materials management Wind engineering Wind engineering Office of the Inspector General Office of the Inspector General Flood plain management Flood plain management Red Cross organization and operations Red Cross organization and operations Hospital risk management Hospital risk management University disaster preparedness University disaster preparedness Etc. Etc.

32 Conferences Disaster Day Disaster Day Professional Development Professional Development State Conferences State Conferences Professional Associations Professional Associations Other Other

33 Program Accreditation Internal/external reviewer committee Internal/external reviewer committee Academic focus Academic focus Identification of strengths and weaknesses Identification of strengths and weaknesses Unintended but beneficial consequences Unintended but beneficial consequences

34 Advisory Board Practitioner orientation Practitioner orientation Selection criteria Selection criteria –All hazards, phases, and sectors/levels Annual meetings Annual meetings –Review of progress –Analysis of degree requirements –Discussion of syllabi and course content –Recommendations for the future

35 Specialization Elective courses Elective courses

36 Elective Courses Images of Natural and Technological Disasters in Film and Media Images of Natural and Technological Disasters in Film and Media Hazardous Materials Planning and Management Hazardous Materials Planning and Management Special Populations and Disasters Special Populations and Disasters Computers in Emergency Management Computers in Emergency Management International Disasters International Disasters Private Sector Issues Private Sector Issues Terrorism and Emergency Management Terrorism and Emergency Management The Federal Government and Disasters The Federal Government and Disasters Flood Plain Management Flood Plain Management

37 Additional Electives Public Administration Public Administration Public Management Public Management Financial Aspects of Government Financial Aspects of Government American Intergovernmental Relations American Intergovernmental Relations Public Policy Analysis Public Policy Analysis Collective Behavior Collective Behavior Sociology of Disaster Sociology of Disaster Meteorology Meteorology Geographic Information Systems Geographic Information Systems Risk Management Risk Management Workplace Health and Safety Workplace Health and Safety

38 Specialization (cont.) Elective courses Elective courses Minor (required) Minor (required) Internship Internship

39 Future Opportunities for Emergency Management Programs Expand into the private sector Expand into the private sector Focus on the internationalization of the field Focus on the internationalization of the field Integrate technological applications into the degree Integrate technological applications into the degree Maintain balance between theory and practice Maintain balance between theory and practice Increase focus on mitigation and prevention Increase focus on mitigation and prevention Move towards holistic and multi-disciplinary approaches Move towards holistic and multi-disciplinary approaches

40 Future Opportunities for EADP Hire additional professors (with diverse areas of expertise) Hire additional professors (with diverse areas of expertise) Restructure courses? Restructure courses? Continue to expand course offerings (into hard sciences, engineering, chemistry, medicine, non-profit management, political science, tourism, social work, psychology, etc.) Continue to expand course offerings (into hard sciences, engineering, chemistry, medicine, non-profit management, political science, tourism, social work, psychology, etc.) Develop student portfolios Develop student portfolios Have CCE manage internships Have CCE manage internships

41 Conclusion There are many challenges facing higher education programs in emergency management There are many challenges facing higher education programs in emergency management There are many creative ways to overcome these difficulties There are many creative ways to overcome these difficulties Forums such as this and networking will help us to better educate the future generation of emergency managers Forums such as this and networking will help us to better educate the future generation of emergency managers

42 Questions or Comments? David A. McEntire, Ph.D. Emergency Administration and Planning Department of Public Administration University of North Texas P.O. Box Denton, Tx (940)

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