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Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

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Volume 11, Issue 1

The Professionalization of Emergency Management in Institutions of Higher Education

David Farris
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  • George Mason University – Emergency Management, 4393 University Drive, MS 5E2 Police and Safety Headquarters, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA
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Published Online: 2014-01-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jhsem-2013-0074

Abstract

This article explores the development of emergency management as a specialized profession in institutions of higher education (IHE). The authors perform a meta-analysis of existing literature, research, surveys, and best practices to provide an overview of emergency management in IHE in contrast to municipal and county emergency management organizations. A synopsis of institutional emergency management department demographics, typical responsibilities, and regulatory environment is provided to illustrate the unique challenges facing IHE emergency managers. The article concludes with recommendations for the continued maturation of emergency management as a profession within IHE by defining the emergency manager’s role and responsibilities, establishing best practices, and improving access to the field for women and minorities.

Keywords: college; career; emergency management; higher education; university

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About the article

David Farris

David Farris, MBA, is Director of Emergency Management and Fire Safety at George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia. He has over nine years of experience working in higher education and is pursuing a PhD in Higher Education Administration from George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development.

Robert McCreight

Robert McCreight, spent 26 years at the State Department and 27 years concurrent Special Operations Army Service handling crisis management, terrorism, intelligence, weapons proliferation and NATO policy planning. He has taught graduate programs in crisis and emergency management at George Washington, Georgetown, and Penn State Universities.


Corresponding author: David Farris, George Mason University – Emergency Management, 4393 University Drive, MS 5E2 Police and Safety Headquarters, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA, e-mail:


Published Online: 2014-01-04


Citation Information: Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Volume 11, Issue 1, Pages 73–94, ISSN (Online) 1547-7355, ISSN (Print) 2194-6361, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jhsem-2013-0074.

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