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History of Emergency Management at NDSU

Involvement in disaster research at North Dakota State University extends back to 1979 when departmental faculty received National Science Foundation funding to study the impact of a large tornado in Texas. The establishment of a specific Emergency Management curriculum, however, began in 2001 when the State Board of Higher Education approved a minor in Emergency Management. In 2003 the State Board approved proposals to offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in Emergency Management. As a result, NDSU became one of the many undergraduate programs in Emergency Management, one of the few with master’s degrees, and the only doctoral degree in the United States that was specifically granted in Emergency Management.

The degree programs were initially nested in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The department was renamed the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Emergency Management in 2007. In 2008, a Center for Disaster Studies and Emergency Management was established and in July of 2010 the State Board approved the establishment of a separate Department of Emergency Management. The program has grown significantly since 2001 to include five faculty, over fifty undergraduates, and more than twenty-five resident graduate students. The first bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees were awarded in 2004, 2006, and 2009 respectively.

What is Emergency Management?

The discipline of emergency management studies how human beings create, interact, and cope with hazards, vulnerability, and associated events. The discipline focuses its research on the study of how human beings cope with hazard events through activities related to preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. 

The academic discipline of emergency management serves the profession of emergency management charged with protecting "communities by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters" (Principles of Emergency Management, 2007, p. 4).

Emergency management professionals are employed at each level of government (e.g., city, county, state, and federal) and within various governmental agencies at each level (e.g., Departments of Emergency Management, Departments of Public Health, Departments of Transportation, Departments of  Public Works), domestic and international nongovernmental organizations, and businesses. 

Through educating students and research, the academic discipline of emergency management also serves a host of other professions such as law, natural resources management, business administration, public administration, social work, and engineering.  

Vision

The Department of Emergency Management at NDSU believes that through educating students in and conducting research related to emergency management several objectives can be accomplished:

  • The occurrence of hazard events (i.e., emergencies, disasters, catastrophes, and complex humanitarian crises) can be reduced;
  • When hazard events do occur, the impacts and needs generated as a result can be decreased; and,
  • Moreover, when hazard events occur, they can be coped with effectively and efficiently.

The Department believes that a reduction in the occurrence of hazard events, a decrease in resulting impacts and needs, and the efficiency and effectiveness with which hazard events are coped can be based upon a body of knowledge. The body of knowledge will describe and explain patterns, processes, change, and effectiveness/efficiency related to how human beings create, interact, and cope with hazards, vulnerabilities, and associated events. The foundational knowledge will be provided by research conducted within the discipline of emergency management as well as the integration and synthesis of findings related to emergency management from other academic disciplines.

Mission and Goals

The mission of NDSU’s Department of Emergency Management, therefore, is to educate people in the emergency management body of knowledge while simultaneously adding to the body of knowledge through research. Specifically, the goals of the Department of Emergency Management are to:

  • Educate students in emergency management;
  • Provide training in the field related to emergency management topics;
  • Support professionalization of emergency management;
  • Contribute to the development of the emergency management discipline;
  • Provide a means to conduct both multidisciplinary research and emergency management research through the Center for Disaster Studies and Emergency Management; and,
  • Engage the public in emergency management through community service and outreach projects conducted by the Center for Disaster Studies and Emergency Management.  
Developing the Academic Discipline: Department Engagement

The Department of Emergency Management at NDSU has been and will continue to support the development of an academic discipline of emergency management. Toward that end, faculty members in the Department have participated in various national level efforts, published written work, and provided paper presentations at conferences. Selected contributions from 2010-2012 in these three categories are listed below.

Selected National-Level Contributions

2013, FEMA Higher Education Program Focus Group Implementing Research Standards in Emergency Management, Invited Faciliator and Report Author, J. Jensen

2012, 2013, Draft Research Standards for the Academic Discipline of Emergency Management, Original Drafter of Standards and Editor, J. Jensen

2013, FEMA Higher Education Program Focus Group Part II: Accreditation, Invited Participant, J. Jensen.

2013, FEMA Higher Education Program Focus Group Part II: Disciplinary Purview, Participant, Daniel J. Klenow, Invited Facilitator and Report Author, J. Jensen.

2013, FEMA Higher Education Program Survey on Support for Accreditation Across Emergency Management Degree Offering Institutions, Survey Research and Report Author, J. Jensen.

2012, FEMA Higher Education Focus Group on the Purview and Core Research Questions for the Academic Discipline of Emergency Management, Invited Facilitator and Report Author, J. Jensen.

2012, FEMA Higher Education Focus Group on Research Standards in Emergency Management, Invited Facilitator, Participant, Report Author, J. Jensen.

2012, FEMA Higher Education Focus Group on Accreditation for Emergency Management Higher Education Programs, Participant, J. Jensen.

2010-current, IAEM Training and Education Committee, Co-Chair, C.L. Cwiak.

2009-current, Emergency Management Higher Education Consortium (EMHEC), Executive Director, C.L. Cwiak.

2008-current, Blanchard Award for Excellence in Emergency Management Higher Education, Committee Member, C.L. Cwiak and D. J. Klenow.

2007-2009 FEMA Higher Education Focus Group on Emergency Management Principles/Doctrine, Focus Group Participant, C.L. Cwiak.

Selected Written Contributions

2012, Report of the focus group on the purview and core research questions for the academic discipline of emergency management for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Project. Available at: http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/edu/, J. Jensen.  

2012,  Report of the focus group on research standards in emergency management for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Project. Available at: http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/edu/, J. Jensen.

2011, Framing the future: What should emergency management graduates know? Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 8 (2), Article 14, C. L. Cwiak.

2011, "Next steps in emergency management’s professionalization process: Who will be the gatekeeper of the profession of emergency management?" In J.A. Hubbard (Ed.), Challenges of emergency management in higher education: Planning and strategies. Fairfax, VA: Public Entity Risk Institute, C.L. Cwiak.

2011, “An argument in favor of a disciplinary approach to emergency management in higher education”. In J. Hubbard (ed.), Challenges of emergency management in higher education: Planning and strategies. Fairfax, VA: Public Entity Risk Institute, J. Jensen.

2011, “Developing and maintaining emergency management graduate programs.” In J. Hubbard (ed.), Challenges of emergency management in higher education: Planning and strategies. Fairfax: Public Entity Risk Institute, D.J. Klenow and G. Youngs.

2010, "Emergency management higher education: A snapshot of the community". In J.A. Hubbard (Ed.), Integrating emergency management studies into higher education: Ideas, programs, and strategies. Fairfax, VA: Public Entity Risk Institute, C.L. Cwiak.

2010, “Emergency management theory: Unrecognized, underused, and underdeveloped”. In J. Hubbard (ed.), Integrating emergency management studies into higher education: Ideas, programs, and strategies (pp. 7-24). Fairfax, VA: Public Entity Risk Institute, J. Jensen.

2010, “Developing and enhancing emergency management programs at the undergraduate level”.  In J. Hubbard (ed.), Integrating emergency management studies into higher education: Ideas, programs, and strategies. Fairfax, VA: Public Entity Risk Institute, D.J. Klenow and G. Youngs.

Contributions Through Conference Paper Presentations

2012, “Graduate study in emergency management”. Presentation to the higher education community at the 2012 FEMA Higher Education Conference in Emittsburg, MD, J. Jensen.

2012, “Serving students for whom emergency management is a career of first choice”. Paper presented at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, MD, J. Jensen.

2012, “Confronting research issues in emergency management higher education”. Paper presented at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, MD, J. Jensen.

2012, “Maximizing the potential of emergency management higher education programs”. Paper presented at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, MD, J. Jensen.

2012, “Maintaining and improving bachelor’s degree programs”. Paper presented at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, MD, D. J. Klenow.

2012, “How emergency management research builds the discipline and serves the practitioner community”. Paper presented at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, MD, D. J. Klenow.

2011, “FEMA Higher Education Program: Program and body of knowledge report”. Paper presented at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, MD, C.L. Cwiak

2011, “Curriculum mapping”. Paper presented at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, MD, C.L. Cwiak with Jaffin, R. D., Berry, R. T., Carter, S. S., McEntire, D. A., Mosser, M. E., & Waugh, W. L., Jr.

2011, “Translating theory to practice”. Paper presented at the IAEM-USA 59th Annual Conference in Clark County, Nevada, J. Jensen.

2011, “Visions of the future: Emergency management higher education.” Paper presented at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, MD, J. Jensen.

2011, “Post-graduate and graduate level program development.” Paper presented at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, MD, J. Jensen.

2011, “Maintaining and improving bachelor’s degree programs”. Paper presented at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, MD, D. J. Klenow.

2010, “FEMA Higher Education Program: Program and body of knowledge report”. Paper presented at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute Higher Education Conference, C.L. Cwiak.

2010, “A potential paradigm for the discipline of emergency management.” Paper presented at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, MD, J. Jensen and G. Youngs.

2010, “Building and maintaining emergency management degree programs”. Paper presented at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, MD, D. J. Klenow.

Support the Emergency Management Program

The North Dakota State University Development Foundation now has a separate account for donations to the newly formed Department of Emergency Management.

Those interested in supporting the program can mail checks to the NDSU Development Foundation at 1241 N. University Drive, Fargo, North Dakota 58102. In the subject or notation line of the check you should write Department of Emergency Management. 

Gifts can also be made online by going to the Foundation website at: http://www.ndsufoundation.com/  and clicking on the link "Make a Gift Online".

Few disciplines have such a clear and profound impact.  Donations benefit not only the Emergency Management Department at North Dakota State University, but by extension the newly developing discipline of Emergency Management, and disaster mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery.  Your contributions make an impact at the local, county, state, national, and international levels. 

Upcoming Events

Classes Begin—August 25

ICS 300 Training—Two and a half day ICS 300 training course beginning on August 26 at the Ramsey County Courthouse in Devils Lake. Learn more and register.

Labor Day—No classes, September 1

Key Date—September 3 is the last day to add classes on Campus Connection, last day for no record drop of classes and a 100% refund, and the day when credits are calculated for financial aid.

Financial Aid Applied—September 9

Basic Public Information Officer Training—2 day course in Bismarck beginning on September 9. Learn more and register.

Critical Incident Stress Management Training—Two day course in Fargo beginning on September 9. Students who participate get to volunteer with the state CISM team for 3 years following the training. Learn more about this great opportunity and register.

EOC Operations and Planning for All Hazards Training—2 day course in Grand Forks beginning on September 9. Learn more and register.

NDSU Payments Due—September 10

AMEM Annual Training Conference—September 14-17 in Breezy Point, MN. Learn more and register.

Hazard Mitigation Planning Training—Two day course in Bismarck beginning September 17. Learn more and register.

Effective Communications Training—One day course in Stanley on September 24. Learn more and register.

Emergency Planning Training—Three day course in Bismarck beginning on September 30. Learn more and register.


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Last Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014 11:38:26 AM