I teach the following doctoral and graduate level courses at JSU:
1. EM 832 Hazards Risk Management and Community Resilience (Doctoral):
Tools and methods used to manage risk associated with the hazards facing a community; role of emergency management programs in community resilience and sustainability.
2. EM 530 Research Methods in Emergency Management:
This is a course in research methods, focusing on major analytical and statistical tools used in the emergency management program administration. The methods of disaster research are hardly distinguishable from those used in social science disciplines. Yet, the research is unique in a sense that the context of research in different phases of disaster process is different. Therefore, besides understanding research methods in general (e.g. survey research or qualitative methods); disaster researchers need to understand how the circumstances surrounding disaster affect the application of these methods. This course is a comprehensive coverage of the topics and materials that meet these certain needs.
3. EM 540 Hazard Mitigation:
This course will provide the student with an overview of society's need for planning for hazardous situations. Due to patterns of population growth and development in the United States, disasters now occur more frequently than ever before. Mitigation strategies are critical ways of making a community more resilient against the impacts of hazards. This course will cover best practices and proper methodologies for appropriate land use and techniques to lessen the impacts of hazard events.
4. EM 548 Vulnerability and Capacity Building:
Individual, social, economic, and policy dimensions of vulnerability and client needs for disaster, service delivery, coordination models, resource management and capacity building for nonprofit disaster relief organizations. Prerequisite: EM 505.