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JSU Emergency Management Educators are Leaders in the Field

Students in Emergency Management programs benefit from the dedication and expertise of a faculty and staff who have more than 200 years of combined experience.  All professors and instructors hold doctorate and/or master degrees and many have hands-on experience in their field outside of academia, uniquely qualifying them to teach Emergency Management courses.


Faculty/Staff Listing

Department Head

 

Specialization/Research Interests

Jeff Ryan
Jeff Ryan
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Ph.D 1996 - North Carolina State University
  • Preparedness
  • Bioterrorism response
  • Homeland Security

Professor

coxA. Barry Cox
IEP Director Emeritus

CV

Ph.D 1968 - University of South Carolina
  • Safety and Environmental Health Issues
  • Hazardous Materials Management

Associate Professors

kushma2Jane Kushma
Doctoral Program Director

CV

Ph.D. 2001 - University of Texas at Arlington

  • Emergency Management Policy
  • Disaster Management
  • Nonprofit organizations and volunteer management
  • Service learning

Bill3Bill Lowe
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D.B.A. 2000 - Nova Southeastern University
  • Homeland Security
  • Terrorism
  • Response 
  • Mitigating, Preventing, Responding, and Recovering from Active Shooters Incidents

Assistant Professors

BestEric Best
CV

Ph.D. 2013 - University of Delaware
  • Evacuation Modeling
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Financial and Policy Analysis

TanveerTanveer Islam
CV

Ph.D. 2006 - Texas Tech University
  • Hazard Mitigation
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Community Resilience
  • Social Media

mann3Stacey Mann
CV

Ph.D. 2011 - Mississippi State University
  • Human Resource Management
  • Preparedness
  • Social Media

J2Jeff Van Slyke
CV

ED.D 2007 - University of Texas
  • Response
  • Terrorism
  • Campus Safety

Staff

Denise2Denise DaSilva
Emergency Management Specialist/Academic Advisor

    ddasilva@jsu.edu

MPA/EM 2002 - Jacksonville State University
  • Social dimensions of disaster
  • Preparedness and planning

LoraLora Spivey
Secretary 

lspivey@jsu.edu





Distinguished Affiliated Professors

enarsonElaine Enarson
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Ph.D. 1981 - University of Oregon
  • Social vulnerability analysis
  • Gender, sex & sexuality in disaster
  • Qualitative research
  • Disaster & climate risk
  • Sociology of disaster
  • Disaster recovery

johnsonTodd Jones
CV

ED.D 2001 - George Washington University
  • Homeland Security
  • Crisis Leadership
  • Executive Management  

johnJohn Plodinec
CV

Ph.D. 1974 - University of Florida
  • Community Resilience
  • EM Policy and Practice
  • Formation of an International Resilience Research Network

shawGregory Shaw
CV

D.Sc 2000 - George Washington University
  • Risk Management
  • Business Crisis and Continuity Management
  • Adult Education




Affiliated Professors

FranciaGuillermo Francia
CV

Ph.D. 1992 - New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • Cyber Security
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Data Mining
  • Modeling and Simulation

BernicePaul Hathaway
CV

DA 2008 - Idaho State University
  • Bureaucratic Psychology
  • Organizational Theory
  • Public Policy Process & Analysis
  • Public Administration Ethics
  • Leadership Decision Making
  • Groupthink and Self-Esteem
  • Public Budgeting

diazMiriam Hill
CV

Ph.D. 1986 - Kent State University
  • Spatial Analysis and GIS applications
  • Vulnerability and Risk Assessment
  • Hazard Mitigation

plotnickLinda Plotnick
CV

Ph.D. 2009 - New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Social media for emergency management
  • Distributed virtual groups
  • Assessing impacts in a crisis on critical infrastructure

Adjunct Faculty

BainTammy Bain
CV

MPA/EM 2010 - Jacksonville State University
  • Communications
  • Social Media
  • Preparedness and planning

diazSteve Diaz
CV

Ph.D. 2004 - University of South Alabama
  • Simulation and Modeling
  • Human Performance in simulated environments
  • Exercise design, tactical decision making, and organizational performance

natalieNatalie Fussell
CV

Ph.D. 2012 - Mississippi State University
  • Legal aspects of Emergency Management
  • Constitutional Issues
  • Public policies resulting after disasters
  • Role of non-profits
  • Intergovernmental relations in EM  

harperRhonda Harper
CV

MA/EM 2012 - American Public University
  • Public Safety Telecommunications
  • Disaster Operations
  • Clinical Incident Stress Management -Crisis Negotiations

JudyJudy Harrison
CV

MBA 2000 - Jacksonville State University
  • Human Resource Management   

HeffelfingerDavid Heffelfinger
CV

MS/EM 2012 - Jacksonville State University
  • Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA)
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN)
  • ResponseHomeland Security

RobertRobert Heintzelman
CV

MA/EM 2011 - American Military University
  • HAZMAT Operations
  • Patient Decontamination

BonnieScott Manning
CV

MS/EM 2008 - Jacksonville State University
  • Community resilience
  • Disaster policy and planning
  • Complexity and systems theory  
  • Social capital and network studies

sarahSarah Miller
CV

MPA/EM 2002 - Jacksonville State University
  • Gender in disaster
  • Crisis communication
  • Social media in disaster  
  • EM policy
  • Technology in emergency management

russRussell Peterson
CV

MS/EM 2006 - Jacksonville State University
  • Incident management for technological and man-made incident
  • EM Policy and Practice
  • Crisis leadership

rothmanEugene Rothman
CV

MS/EM 2013 - Jacksonville State University
  • Public Safety
  • Response

diazNorm Sturm
CV

MS/EM 2012 - Jacksonville State University
  • Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Management 

WeissC. Denise Weiss
CV

Ph.D. 2005 - University of South Alabama
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Training Exercise Design
  • Motivation Theory and Strategies-Performance Technology
  • Program Evaluation

WeltyRyan Welty
CV

MPA/EM 2003 - Jacksonville State University
  • Campus Emergency Management
  • Emergency Notification Systems
  • Next Generation 9-1-1

Department of Emergency Management
100 Gamecock Drive
Anniston, AL 36205

Directions

Phone: 256-782-5925
800-231-5291
Email: iep@jsu.edu

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