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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 first bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees were awarded in 2004, 2006, and 2009, respectively.

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 and became its own department, the Department of Emergency Management, in 2010 under the leadership of Dr. Daniel J. Klenow. Leadership of the department transitioned to Dr. Jessica Jensen in 2017. This transition is notable because it marks the first time a tenured emergency management doctoral degree holder became the head of an emergency management department. 

The program has five faculty. All faculty hold doctoral degrees; three hold doctoral degrees in emergency management. 

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  • Manuscript by EMGT Faculty Accepted

    A manuscript, "Local recovery coordinators and the National Disaster Recovery Framework: Questions regarding the form, necessity, and potential of the role", by Drs. Jensen and Kirkpatrick has been...

  • Dr. Kirkpatrick's Manuscript Accepted

    Hey world, we have some great news to share with you. Natural Hazards, an indexed, impact factor assessed interdisciplinary journal, accepted Dr. Kirkpatrick's manuscript, "Pedaling Disaster: Citizen...

  • EMGT 101 Enrollment (Way) Up!

    Enrollment up more than 40% over last fall and spring in EMGT 101 Emergencies, Disasters, and Catastrophes (our gen ed course). So excited to be sharing such a crazy cool AND IMPORTANT class with more...

  • First DEM Family Reunion Announced

    The DEM faculty and staff are thrilled to invite current and former students and their spouse or significant other to our very first EMGT Family Reunion September 30, 2017 from 7-9pm at Fargo's...

  • It's Official: Students love DEM faculty!

    Each semester students have the opportunity to provide feedback to the university, colleges, and departments on their satisfaction with their courses and course faculty via the formal Student Rating...

  • Dr. Ge Presents

    Dr. Gurt Ge, DEM faculty, presented at the Michael K. Lindell Hazards Researchers Workshop on his current NSF Hazards SEES-funded project July 15-19 at the Institute for Hazard Mitigation Planning and...

  • Graduate student educators loved by their students

    Undergrads LOVED the two graduate students, Samantha Montano and Vincent Burkhart, who taught EM 101: Emergencies, Disasters, and Catastrophes. Students rated BOTH of their course sections and various...

  • PROGRAM: Kyle's Internship Experience

    Undergrads are required to complete an internship as part of their degree program Department of Emergency Management North Dakota State University. We place students based on their career interests....

  • NEWS: Jensen Knocks It Out of the Park at FEMA's Executive Academy

    July 12, 2017, Jessica Jensen, DEM Associate Professor, gave a presentation at FEMA's Executive Academy. Her presentation, focusing on the potential value of models synthesizing the literature related...

  • Dr. Ge Gets NASA Grant

    Y. Gurt Ge, Assistant Professor of Emergency Management, is a Co-PI on a recently awarded grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The research project, titled "Socioeconomic...

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