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JSU Emergency Management Educators are Leaders in the Field

Students in Emergency Management programs benefit from the dedication and expertise of a faculty and staff who have more than 200 years of combined experience.  All professors and instructors hold doctorate and/or master degrees and many have hands-on experience in their field outside of academia, uniquely qualifying them to teach Emergency Management courses.

Faculty/Staff Listing

Department Head


Specialization/Research Interests

Jeff Ryan
Jeff Ryan

Ph.D 1996 - North Carolina State University
  • Preparedness
  • Bioterrorism response
  • Homeland Security


coxA. Barry Cox
IEP Director Emeritus


Ph.D 1968 - University of South Carolina
  • Safety and Environmental Health Issues
  • Hazardous Materials Management

kushma2Jane Kushma

Ph.D. 2001 - University of Texas at Arlington

  • Emergency Management Policy
  • Disaster Management
  • Nonprofit organizations and volunteer management
  • Service learning

Bill3Bill Lowe

D.B.A. 2000 - Nova Southeastern University
  • Homeland Security
  • Terrorism
  • Response 
  • Mitigating, Preventing, Responding, and Recovering from Active Shooters Incidents

Associate Professors

TanveerTanveer Islam
Director of Doctoral Program


Ph.D. 2006 - Texas Tech University
  • Hazard Mitigation
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Community Resilience
  • Social Media
  • GIS applications
Assistant Professors

SkyShih-Kai Huang

Ph.D. 2014 - Texas A & M University
  • Risk Perception
  • Risk Communication
  • Warning Response
  • Cross-national Comparisons in Disaster Research
  • Quantitative Research Method

jerollemanAlessandra Jerolleman

Ph.D. 2013 - University of New Orleans
  • Privatization of Emergency Management
  • Disaster Resilience
  • Hazard Mitigation

J2Jeff Van Slyke

ED.D 2007 - University of Texas
  • Response
  • Terrorism
  • Campus Safety
  • Homeland Security
  • Threat Assessment

WangChongming Wang

Ph.D 2016 - Pennsylvania State University
  • Evacuation Behaviors & Preparedness
  • Vulnerability of Elderly Populations
  • GIS Applications in Social Science


Denise2Denise DaSilva
Emergency Management Specialist/Academic Advisor

MPA/EM 2002 - Jacksonville State University
  • Social dimensions of disaster
  • Preparedness and planning

LoraLora Spivey

Distinguished Affiliated Professors

johnsonTodd Jones

ED.D 2001 - George Washington University
  • Homeland Security
  • Crisis Leadership
  • Executive Management  

shawGregory Shaw

D.Sc 2000 - George Washington University
  • Risk Management
  • Business Crisis and Continuity Management
  • Adult Education

Affiliated Professors

FranciaGuillermo Francia

Ph.D. 1992 - New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • Cyber Security
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Data Mining
  • Modeling and Simulation

Adjunct Faculty

natalieNatalie Fussell

Ph.D. 2012 - Mississippi State University
  • Legal aspects of Emergency Management
  • Constitutional Issues
  • Public policies resulting after disasters
  • Role of non-profits
  • Intergovernmental relations in EM  

gaddyJonathan Gaddy

MA/Security Studies 2016 - Naval Postgraduate School
  • Policy and strategy in homeland security/emergency management
  • Emerging trends and challenges in disaster preparedness and response
  • The role of science and technology in man-made and natural hazards
  • Novel applications of leadership/management/program development models in public sector

harperRhonda Harper

MA/EM 2012 - American Public University
  • Public Safety Telecommunications
  • Disaster Operations
  • Clinical Incident Stress Management -Crisis Negotiations

JaroszJake Jarosz

MPA 2017 - George Mason University
  • Mutual Aid
  • Pre-disaster Mitigation
  • Interoperability 

JonesAndre Jones

MPA/EM 2013 - Jacksonville State University
  • Management Systems in Disaster
  • Major Incident Response
  • Emergency Operations Center Management 

rothmanEugene Rothman

MS/EM 2013 - Jacksonville State University
  • Public Safety
  • Response

LAMSLaura Ann Martin Sullins

MA in Communication Management 2014 - University of Alabama at Birmingham

MA in English 2006 - Jacksonville State University

  • Technical Writing
  • Interpersonal Communications
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