Faculty and Staff

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

Tanveer Islam
Tanveer Islam

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


coxA. Barry Cox
IEP Director Emeritus


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

kushma2Jane Kushma
Doctoral Program Director


Ph.D. 2001 - University of Texas at Arlington

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

Bill3Bill Lowe

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

Associate Professors

SkyShih-Kai Huang

Ph.D. 2014 - Texas A & M University
  • Risk Perception
  • Risk Communication
  • Warning Response
  • Cross-national Comparisons in Disaster Research
  • Quantitative Research Method

jerollemanAlessandra Jerolleman

Ph.D. 2013 - University of New Orleans
  • Privatization of Emergency Management
  • Disaster Resilience
  • Hazard Mitigation

Van SlykeJeff Van Slyke

ED.D 2007 - University of Texas
  • Response
  • Terrorism
  • Campus Safety
  • Homeland Security
  • Threat Assessment
Assistant Professors

newtonAllison Newton
 MPA Director


Ed.D. 2017 - University of Alabama
  • Student Veteran issues e.g. transitioning to civilian life, etc.
  • Hazard Mitigation and Recovery Issues to include Federal/State Mitigation Programs and Emergency Relief
  • The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project

WangChongming Wang

Ph.D 2016 - Pennsylvania State University
  • Evacuation Behaviors & Preparedness
  • Vulnerability of Elderly Populations
  • GIS Applications in Social Science


Denise2Denise DaSilva
Emergency Management Specialist/Academic Advisor


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

BelindaBelinda Chitwood
Administrative Assistant


Distinguished Affiliated Professors

OlsonDavid McEntire

Ph.D 2000 - University of Denver
  • Emergency Management Theory
  • Vulnerability Reduction
  • Community Preparedness
  • Response Coordination
  • International Disasters
  • Terrorism and Homeland Security

OlsonLaura Olson

Ph.D 2012 - George Washington University
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Disaster Recovery

RyanJeff Ryan

Ph.D 1996 - North Carolina State University
  • Public Health Preparedness
  • Biosecurity
  • Military Role in Disaster Response

ThorntonDavid Thornton

Ph.D 2008 - Auburn University
  • Serious Games
  • Gamification
  • Multimodal and Speech-enabled Interfaces
  • Human-Computer Interaction

Adjunct Faculty

gaddyJonathan Gaddy

MA/Security Studies 2016 - Naval Postgraduate School
  • Policy and strategy in homeland security/emergency management
  • Emerging trends and challenges in disaster preparedness and response
  • The role of science and technology in man-made and natural hazards
  • Novel applications of leadership/management/program development models in public sector

harperRhonda Harper

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

JonesAndre Jones

MPA/EM 2013 - Jacksonville State University
  • Management Systems in Disaster
  • Major Incident Response
  • Emergency Operations Center Management 

ManningScott Manning

D.Sc. 2017 - Jacksonville State University
  • Strategic Planning
  • Leadership Theory and Organizational Behavior
  • Homeland Security Planning and Preparedness

rothmanEugene Rothman

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

LAMSLaura Ann Martin Sullins

MA in Communication Management 2014 - University of Alabama at Birmingham

MA in English 2006 - Jacksonville State University

  • Technical Writing
  • Interpersonal Communications

ManningMary "Kay" Vonderschmidt

D.Sc. 2017 - Jacksonville State University
  • Healthcare Emergency Management
  • Medical Surge
  • Social Vulnerability
  • Disaster Modeling