FEMA’s Higher Education Program Bits and Pieces
National Emergency Training Center, Emmitsburg, MD
9 March 2012
Hi Ed Website (submitted today to webmaster for posting next week):
v EM Hi Ed Reports – http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/edu/activityRA2012.asp
· March 1
v Higher Education Conference - http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/edu/educonference12.asp
· Call for Papers and Presentations – Deadline: April 1, 2012
· Conference Draft Agenda
v Free College Courses, Textbooks, Materials – Courses Under Development – Crisis and Risk Communications - http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/edu/crisisandrisk/
· Session 19 – Working with the New Media
· Session 19 – Power Point
v Free College Courses, Textbooks, Materials – Courses Under Development – Hazards Risk Management – http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/edu/hazardousRiskManagement.asp
· Session 1 – Course Introduction
v EM Faculty Positions – http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/edu/facultypos.asp
· Saint Louis University School of Public Health – 2 Tenure-Track Faculty Positions for Assistant or Associate Professor for Emergency Management and Crisis Leadership
v College List – Distance Learning - http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/edu/collegelist/dl/
· State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota – Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety Administration
· State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota – Bachelor of Applied Science in Homeland Security
All comments concerning website materials should be emailed to .
14th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Conference Update
v 15th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Conference is scheduled June 4-7, 2012.
Conference theme: Preparing for the Future of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
v Those interested in presenting at the Higher Education Conference can access the “Call for Papers/Presentations” on the Hi Ed website at http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/edu/educonference12.asp. Make sure to include the form with your one page proposal. Email both to .
v STUDENT VOLUNTEER POSITIONS FOR THE HI ED CONFERENCE:
Students currently enrolled in a college/university emergency management program are needed as student volunteers for the 15th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Conference. Students will be given reporting assignments and general conference duties. The reports will be incorporated into the post-conference proceedings posted to the FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Program website -- Conferences section.
Generally graduate students will be assigned primarily to take detailed notes during the concurrent breakout sessions and to write summaries of those breakout sessions for incorporating into the post-conference “proceedings”. Reports will be 3-4 pages per session and will highlight the most significant aspects of the session. Graduate students will be assigned at least one breakout session to report but may be assigned up to three reports during the conference.
Generally undergraduate students are assigned various aspects of the conference i.e., passing microphones during plenary sessions, assisting with conference registration, passing out conference notebooks, taking hard copies of presentation materials to classrooms, posting breakout session classroom assignments and various other duties.
In addition one or more students will be assigned to assist the Higher Education Program Manager and as well as the Hi Ed Program Assistant through out the week.
Student volunteers are required to attend 100% of the conference beginning with Monday workshops and ending on Thursday afternoon with the last breakout sessions. The typical volunteer obligations comprise about 20% of the conference. When not acting in a volunteer capacity students are free to attend breakout sessions at their leisure.
Student volunteers are encouraged to participate in all conference activities.
Student Volunteer Criteria:
Student must be enrolled in a collegiate Emergency Management program listed in the Emergency Management section of "The College List" on the FEMA EM Hi Ed Program website -- http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/edu/collegelist/.
· Student should have the recommendation of a faculty member or department chair
· Students must be at least 18 years of age.
· Student volunteers must pay own transportation to and from the conference.
· Student volunteers must be able to participate in the entire four day conference.
· Student volunteers will receive from the Higher Education Program reimbursement of the NETC meal ticket for the week and a no-cost, on-campus dorm room (International students can not be reimbursed for the meal ticket and will be required to pay $40.00 per night for the dorm room and must go through a 8-12 week security clearance.)
· Students currently employed in any capacity by FEMA, receiving funding of any sort from DHS or another federal agency are not eligible for reimbursement of the meal ticket.
· Student should be capable of taking good detailed notes.
· Student will need to prepare a comprehensive report based on notes from the assigned breakout session. These reports will be incorporated into the Higher Education Program website conference proceedings.
· In the event we do not have enough graduate volunteers students may be asked to participate in additional breakout sessions.
· Student will be contacted by the Student Volunteer Coordinator for their respective assigned break out session and to collect the final reports.
· Students must submit a conference application form and must return all requested information to the Mitigation secretary in a timely manner in order to be reimbursed for the meal ticket.
· If you have questions about the Higher Education Conference Student Volunteer positions please contact the Higher Education Program Assistant Barbara Johnson at or (301) 447-1452. More information will be available on the Hi Ed website conference section at http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/edu/educonference12.asp next week.
v STUDENT RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS
BREAKOUT SESSION: JUNE 8, WEDNESDAY 3:00 - 5:00 PM:
Each year during the Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Conference a breakout session is reserved for graduate and doctoral students currently enrolled in an emergency management program. The reserved breakout session is an opportunity for students to present thesis or dissertation research. In past years this has proven to be a very popular session with conference attendees. Students wishing to present their research must be a graduate or doctoral students currently enrolled in an emergency management program and have the recommendation of a faculty advisor. Presentation is “one student only” delivery. We do not allow group presentations for this session. Presentation will be approximately 10 minutes in length. For more information contact Barbara Johnson, or Shannon Cool, .
College and University News:
v Hi Ed Statistical Update for March 2, 2012:
· Emergency Management Higher Education Programs – 249
o 60 - Certificate, Diploma, Focus-Area, Minor in EM Collegiate Programs
o 47 - Schools Offer Associate Degree Programs
o 45 - Schools Offer Bachelor Degree Programs
o 87 - Schools with Master-Level/Concentrations/Tracks/Specializations/Emphasis
o 10 - Schools Offer Doctoral-Level Programs
· 131 - U.S. Homeland Security/Defense and Terrorism Hi Ed Programs
· 16 - U.S. International Disaster Relief/Humanitarian Assistance Programs
· 31 - Public Health, Medical and Related Program
· 28 - Listing of Related Programs
v North Dakota State University is seeking nominations for the Dr. B. Wayne Blanchard Award
North Dakota State University is proud to sponsor the Dr. B. Wayne Blanchard Award for Academic Excellence in Emergency Management Higher Education
To honor the contributions and spirit of excellence cultivated by Dr. B. Wayne Blanchard in emergency management higher education, North Dakota State University (NDSU) seeks nominations for an award it has created in his name to honor like contributions in the emergency management higher education community.
The Dr. B. Wayne Blanchard Award for Academic Excellence in Emergency Management Higher Education will annually honor the contributions of one esteemed member of the emergency management higher education community who has advanced emergency management higher education through his or her efforts. NDSU is proud to support this award and appreciates its value as a mechanism by which the higher education community can recognize excellence within its own ranks.
Nominations can be submitted on behalf of oneself or others. Nominations should be presented in a one page narrative that summarizes the contributions made to emergency management higher education by the nominated individual. If pertinent and available, the CV of the nominee may also be presented with the nomination. Nominations will be accepted via email from February 27, 2012 - March 28, 2012. Nominations should be emailed to . A receipt confirmation email will be sent upon receipt of nominations. Due to the international composition of the Award Committee, only email submissions will be considered.
The members of the Award Committee will review the nominations and notify the recipient in mid-April. The recipient will be presented a plaque commemorating the award at the Higher Education Conference in June (if recipient is unable to attend the conference the plaque will be mailed) and will have their photograph and biography featured on the Dr. B. Wayne Blanchard Award for Academic Excellence in Emergency Management Higher Education web page located at www.ndsu.edu/emgt/blanchard_award/.
For questions about the award, contact Carol Cwiak at NDSU at or (701)231-5847.
v Governor’s Hurricane Conference – 2012 Student Presentation Application
As part of the 2012 conference program, the Governor’s Hurricane Conference® is hosting a workshop for students to present their original academic research on Thursday, May 17 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm. Students currently enrolled in institutions of higher education and who have taken or are taking emergency management related courses are encouraged to submit an abstract for 26th Annual Governor’s Hurricane (GHC) in May. Presenting at the conference is a unique opportunity for students to share their emergency management knowledge and expertise with their student peers, conference participants and emergency management professionals. Application and additional information attached to this weeks Hi Ed activity report.
v FEMA Summer Hires Program
The links to the job postings for the Summer Hires program (STEP Intern positions) is posted below. The first posting is for the Washington, DC area, the second is for several non-DC/regional offices. The announcements will close on March 12th, so all interested candidates must apply through USAJOBS before the closing date. HR will not accept any applicants if they have not applied through USAJOBS.
Who May Apply for the STEP Program?
· High school students
· High School Graduates enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education.
· College students enrolled or accepted for enrollment for at least a half-time course load at an accredited institution of higher education.
This position is ideal for students looking to gain valuable work skills necessary to prepare you for your future career goals. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a part of the Student Temporary Employment Program. The STEP Program allows students to gain real, paid work experience while pursuing a college degree. At the agency's option, students hired under the STEP Program may be converted to the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP). Under the SCEP students who successfully complete all work, study, qualifications, and other eligibility requirements may be offered permanent positions with our agency upon graduation.
Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
· You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
· You must be able to pass a credit and criminal check.
· This position has no promotion potential.
· Must be at least 16 years old
· Direct Deposit is mandatory.
· Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.
v Saint Louis University School of Public Health
Department of Health Management and Policy
Position Announcements: Assistant Professor to Associate Professor
Saint Louis University (SLU), a Catholic, Jesuit institution dedicated to education, research, service, and healthcare, invites applications for 2 tenure-track faculty positions for Assistant or Associate Professor, in the Department of Health Management and Policy, for its expanding programs in Emergency Management and Crisis Leadership at the School of Public Health. The School of Public Health is the only accredited school of public health in a Jesuit, Catholic university in the U.S., and is committed to social justice, excellence in education, community engagement, and research that leads to improved health. Applicants must have a doctoral degree with advanced education in emergency management and leadership development, as well as, a background in health management, public health, health/public policy, homeland security, emergency preparedness, or related fields. Applicants should have a productive research record and demonstrated ability to secure external research funding. Primary responsibilities will include conducting independent research related to areas such as emergency management and policy development, crisis leadership, systems thinking, complex and adaptive systems, decision science, social network analysis, resilience and continuity modeling and community capacity development. Other responsibilities include teaching graduate and/or undergraduate courses in emergency management and crisis leadership and other areas of teaching such as health management, policy development and public health sciences, and providing professional and community service.
The SLU School of Public Health is nationally recognized for its community based research. Successful candidates will find opportunities for collaboration within the School and with university and community partners. The Department of Health Management offers a Master of Public Health in Emergency Management and Crisis Leadership and a Bachelor Degree in Emergency Management. It also offers one of the top-ranked Master of Health Administration Programs in the nation, a Master of Public Health in Health Policy, and an undergraduate degree in health management. In addition, the School offers dual degrees with several units in the University, including the School of Law, known for its top-ranked health law program.
Inquires may contact the Search Chair by phone (314-977-8162) or send an email including a copy of their curriculum vitae to:
Kate Wright, Associate Professor and
Chair, HMP-EMCL Search Committee
Saint Louis University School of Public Health
3545 Lafayette Avenue, Room 377
Saint Louis, MO 63104
Saint Louis University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, and encourages nominations and applications of women and minorities.
v Pennsylvania Anti-Texting Law to Take Effect March 8
What the law does
§ The law prohibits as a primary offense any driver from using an Interactive Wireless Communication Device (IWCD) to send, read or write a text-based communication while his or her vehicle is in motion.
§ Defines an IWCD as a wireless phone, personal digital assistant, smart phone, portable or mobile computer or similar devices that can be used for texting, instant messaging, emailing or browsing the Internet.
§ Defines a text-based communication as a text message, instant message, email or other written communication composed or received on an IWCD.