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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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  • DEM Faculty Present at FEMA Higher Education Symposium

    Drs. Cwiak and Jensen attended the FEMA Higher Education June 5-8, 2017. They presented together with colleagues in a session on education research and its role in supporting the development of the...

  • NEW DEM Facebook Page

    The Department of Emergency Management began an official, public Facebook page to generate awareness about the program and as a platform from which to recruit students. Five types of posts will be...

  • Successful Doctoral Dissertation Defense

    Doctoral student Samantha Montano successfully defended her dissertation entitled, “A Foundation for Factors that Explain Volunteer Engagement in Response and Recovery: The Case of Flooding in East...

  • Emergency Management Awards Scholarships

    Emergency Management now has a scholarship program to help our students defray the cost of tuition! Through the scholarship program, there will be at least one $500 scholarship available each spring...

  • Alumni LISTSERV Created

    Dr. Jessica Jensen, associate professor of emergency management, is spearheading an initiative to connect alumni across cohorts and connect the program to alumni so that we can all interact, learn...

  • AMEM Annual Conference Scholarships Announced

    The Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers (AMEM) is once again pleased to offer eligible students scholarships to attend this year's AMEM Annual Conference, September 17th – 20th, 2017, at...

  • New EMSA Officers Elected!

    The Emergency Management Student Association elected new officers for the 2017-2018 academic year. From left to right: Robert Royer as Treasurer, Matt Thompson as CSO Representative, Hannah Olson as...

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