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25th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium

June 5-7, 2023

Connecting our Past with our Future:
Celebrating Community Impact Over 25 Years


The theme for this year's FEMA Higher Education Symposium celebrates the founding voices of emergency management higher education who brought us the first Symposium 25 years ago. It acknowledges the hard work and dedication of the academic community that has led to immense growth in emergency management programs, innovative research, and students. Connecting with our past is a reflection upon the rich history and scholarship of the emergency management discipline that has provided a strong foundation to build from. Furthermore, the theme calls us to envision a future practice of emergency management made stronger by students educated in cultural competence and prepared for the demands of an emerging and evolving threat landscape, including the threat posed by climate change.

Call For Submissions Is Now Closed

Call for Poster Contest is Now Closed


All participants and presenters must register to come onto the NETC campus. There is a maximum capacity of 250 Symposium attendees.

SID Number:

All applications must include a SID Number. Have your FEMA Student Identification (SID) number available when you apply for the HiEd Symposium. If you do not have a SID number, go to and obtain one. Forgot your SID number? The same website can also help you find your unique SID number.

Online Application Instructions:

  • Be sure to read the Symposium Online Application Instructions document before clicking on the online application.
  • All domestic applications are due by: April 24, 2023.
  • International application due by: February 20, 2023
  • International applicants must currently pay $40 per night, payable upon arrival to NETC
  • Course code registration: E8510. Date of the Symposium is 6/5-7/2023
  • Insert your name and email as the head of sponsoring organization to endorse your application. This registration does NOT require a supervisor to sign off on.
  • The online application must be completed within 15 minutes, or the session will time out.
  • Admissions requires a notification of acceptance. You will have 14 days to approve your application via email. If you don't approve the application, you will not be granted admittance to NETC.
  • There is no cost to register.


NETC Admissions Office:
Phone: (301) 447-1035

Student Volunteers:

Faculty recommendation is required and should be sent to HiEd Program Support Assistant and to request a copy of the Student Volunteer Responsibilities and Requirements.

Academic Awards

Dr. B. Wayne Blanchard Award for Academic Excellence in Emergency Management Higher Education

North Dakota State University (NDSU) is soliciting nominations for this award March 1-31, 2023. NDSU created the Blanchard Award to honor contributions within the EM Hi Ed Community. Nominations must include a letter of nomination and the nominee's CV. Submit nominations via email to Carol Cwiak. The award will be presented at the 2023 Symposium.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award & Criteria

Nominations are now being solicited by the University of Central Florida (UCF). This award recognizes outstanding SoTL efforts within the emergency management and homeland security disciplines. Sponsored by UCF's School of Public Administration, this annual award is based on the criteria below and presented at the FEMA Higher Education Symposium. The criteria include three major categories: (1) value or impact of SoTL efforts; (2) peer recognition of SoTL efforts; and (3) SoTL publications. The deadline is April 21, 2023, and more information is available on the Higher Ed website. Submit nominations via email to Claire Connolly Knox.

Kay C. Goss Innovation & Technology Award


The Effective Candidate Should Demonstrate The Following Qualities:

  • A record of regular participation in the Annual FEMA Higher Education Symposium.
  • Outstanding teaching effectiveness both within and outside the classroom using emerging technologies.
  • The ability to inspire, promote, & develop emergency management programs, professors, and students through innovative methods.
  • Professional contributions to the field of emergency management.


To Make A Nomination

Send a letter addressing how the nominee meets the criteria listed above to EM.AWARDS@ATU.EDU. Deadline for submissions is May 1. Award will be presented at the Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium June 5-7, 2023.

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