Knowing Theory Helps Good Emergency Managers Become Great
The Disaster Science Fellowship is a global, online 1-year intensive graduate-level learning program where participants read and discuss the most important books in emergency management, based on the Emergency Management Graduate Body of Knowledge, books representing the core knowledge of the emergency management field, as selected by hundreds of emergency management professors from around the world at the Federal Emergency Management Agency Higher Education Conference. It is designed for the mid-career emergency manager (current Fellows have more than 10 years of experience, on average), and although it will focus on graduate-level discussion (1/3 of Fellows have a doctorate or are doctoral candidates, another 1/3 have at least a Masters), participants are not required to have a previous college degree.
How Does it Work?
Participants read roughly three books a month, discuss six key questions in a threaded web-based discussion as they read, then participate in a facilitated weekly 90-minute online conference call centered around six discussion questions led by participants (so each student will have to prepare and lead one discussion question roughly every other week.)
What Are Fellows and Current Participants Saying About the Fellowship Program?
"This was one of the most personally gratifying experiences I have had over my years in this business"-Frank Mineo, PhD, FAcEM, FACHE, CHSP, CEM, 2012 Summer Fellow,Director of the Emergency Preparedness Certificate Program at New York Medical College and Corporate Manager for Emergency Preparedness at Health Quest Systems.
"Personally, I found the twelve months in the fellowship to be intensive, very worth the time and effort, and the best learning experience I have ever had."-Scott Milne, BA, BSW, FAcEM, ESM, 2012 Summer Fellow, Response Manager at Australian Maritime Safety Authority and IAEM Oceania President.
"Scot Phelps...is single-handedly changing the face of disaster science, emergency management, and higher education with this program."-Christopher Neuwirth, MA, FAcEM, 2011 Winter Fellow, in Emergency Management Magazine.
"I've learned to look at things in such a different way through this course. It was a truly rewarding experience."-Shannan Saunders, MA(c), FAcEM, 2011 Winter Fellow, Senior Program Advisor for Business Continuity & Emergency Management at Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, and IAEM Canada Student Region President.
“I have two under graduate degrees, a Masters in Public Administration and I am a Project Management Professional, but the best education I have ever received is with the Emergency Management Academy. The discussions I’m having and understanding I’m obtaining about the role of emergency management is information that I apply everyday in my work.” -Noel Francine Kepler, MPA, FAcEM, PMP, 2011 Winter Fellow, Emergency Management Consultant, and Vice President of the International Network of Women in Emergency Management (INWEM), in the INWEM Lunch'n'Learn Conference Program.
"Every session leaves me thinking I know less, not more, or maybe realizing what I thought I knew was probably flawed."-David Parsons, FAcEM, 2011 Summer Fellow and Manager of Emergency Risk Management at Sydney Water.
"(The Fellowship) discussions have given me new insight...."- Greg Santa Maria, FAcEM, 2011 Summer Fellow, Emergency Manager for Sanford Health System and Contributing Writer in From the Ground Up in the July 2011 issue of Emergency Management magazine.
"The Fellowship's design is an excellent way to help even Masters-prepared emergency managers fill gaps in their knowledge."-Kevin Cunningham, MS, FAcEM, CEM, CBCP, 2011 Summer Fellow. Head of Business Continuity for the Americas, UBS Investment Bank.
"...Conversations with a wide range of EM professionals was the biggest gain for me...it was money well spent."-David Nichols, BA, FAcEM, CEM, 2011 Summer Fellow, Medical Reserve & Workforce Deployment Manager at Public Health of Seattle & King County commenting on Linked In.
"...A very valuable opportunity to discuss fundamental EM issues, with the freedom to slay giants if we wished."-Richard Kinchlea, BA, FAcEM, ABCP, Director of Operations at the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness
Is the Disaster Science Fellowship For Me?
The Fellowship is designed as an alternate program for emergency managers who learn best by reading-and-discussing, who are interested in really mastering the theory of emergency management, and for mid- to senior-level emergency managers who do not have a degree but do want to learn and discuss how theory applies to their practice. Current participants include:
- A former President of the International Association of Emergency Managers;
- The Business Continuity Director from one of the largest investment banks in the world;
- An Aid Worker in Southern Sudan;
- The Emergency Manager for one of Australia's largest water utilities;
- The Operations Manager for Canada's largest emergency management professional organizations, and;
- The Emergency Manager for one of the largest hospital systems in the midwest, with operations in six states.
How Big Will My Cohort Be?
Each cohort will have no more than 12 participants, so we can ensure a high-level professional discussion.
Are There Tests? What Do I Get in the End?
Participants will receive an weekly evaluation of honors, high pass, pass, or fail based on the three components of email discussion, presentation of the discussion question (as assigned), and participation. When participants complete the program, they will have mastered the Body of Knowledge and will be awarded the title "Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Management (FAcEM)."
What If I Need an Advanced Degree, Instead?
If the Fellowship isn't right for you right now and you need a graduate degree, we've created a simple website, EmergencyManagementDegree.info which provides a direct link to every Master's and Doctorate-level program that we knew of from around the world.