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Special Interest Groups (SIG)

The EMI Higher Education Program encourages the organization of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to support the increase exchange of knowledge in specific areas and applications of Emergency Management Education. It is anticipated that these SIGs will both broaden and deepen areas of study and understanding of practice in emergency management.

A SIG will provide a forum within the Higher Education community of interest to pull people together who have a common curiosity. The SIG will serve as a focal point for community development in their special area, potentially co-authoring/researching, serve as mentors to students and subject matter experts to practitioners.

SIGs will initially convene at the annual Symposium and will continue to engage and share information year round. SIG activity will be noted in our weekly newsletter and website as appropriate.

SIG groups must be made up of 5 or more members, with one member committing to serve as the lead point of contact. A strong SIGs will:

  • inspire and motivate symposium submissions for their interest area
  • recruit membership with diverse perspectives
  • support open discussion
  • capture the ideas and work of the group to share
  • advance knowledge dissemination

Anyone interested in joining one or more of the SIGs should email requesting to be added to the roster.

  • Accreditation
    • Co-leads - Daryl Spiewak, Council for the Accreditation of EM Education, and Larry Porter, University of MD University College
  • Case Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group
    • Lead - Jane Kushma, Jacksonville State University
  • Collaboration, Connection, Commitment to Two-year EM Academic Programs
    • Lead - Kathy Francis, Frederick Community College
  • Emergency Management and Homeland Security Unity of Effort
    • Lead – Jim Ramsay, University of New Hampshire
  • Ethics in EM Academia
    • Lead – Sandy Smith, Arkansas Tech University
  • Information Exchange & Symposium Planning
    • Lead – Wendy Walsh, Higher Education Program Manager
  • International Emergency Management
    • Co-leads - Jean Slick, Royal Roads University, and Ray Chang, Oklahoma State University
  • Inter-organizational Emergency Management
    • Lead – Tom Poulin, Capella University
  • Jobs Internships
    • Lead – Tim DePalma, Barry University
    • Co-lead – Joe Arsenault, Community College of Rhode Island
  • Racial, Ethnicity and Economic Impacts in EM
    • Lead – Meldon Hollis, Savannah State University
  • Science Technology Integration in EM Higher Education
    • Lead – Nancy Suski, Georgetown University
  • Service Learning Leadership
    • Lead – Elizabeth Dunn, University of South Florida Tampa
  • Theory and Research
    • Lead – David Plance, FEMA Region IX
  • Virtual Resources and Simulation Tools for the EM Higher Education Classroom
    • Lead - Mark Landahl, Frederick County Sheriff's Office, Frederick Community College, and University of MD University College
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