Scot Phelps is the full-time Professor of Ambulance and Disaster Science at the Emergency Management Academy and an emergency management consultant with clients who include hospitals, state governments, Health Canada, and Fortune 100 companies. He teaches graduate healthcare emergency management (and formerly taught graduate Emergency Medical Services) at New York Medical College, teaches in the Emergency Services Administration degree program at Adelphi University, and teaches in the clinical paramedic degree program at the City University of New York/Kingsborough. He served as a past Chair of the Healthcare/Hospitals Caucus of the International Association of Emergency Managers. He is a Certified Emergency Manager (IAEM), a Certified Business Continuity Professional (DRII), a Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI), a FEMA-qualified Master Exercise Practitioner (Healthcare), a FEMA-Qualified Professional Continuity Practitioner, and a New York State Paramedic/Paramedic Instructor. He is on the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed Journal of Emergency Management, and a peer-reviewer for the Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, the European Journal of Emergency Medicine, and the British Paramedic Journal. He is an approved Fulbright Specialist candidate in public administration.
He is a popular speaker, and has presented multiple times at:
- The World Conference on Disaster Management ("Scot is so smart. An innovative thinker. He is definitely outside of the box." "Outstanding entertaining and informative. Made us THINK about approaching our professions differently;")
- The International Association of Emergency Management Conference;
- The FEMA Higher Education Conference;
- Continuity Insights (a perfect review of 5.0 for knowledge, preparedness, presentation, and content from over fifty participants at 2010 conference);
- WCDM-Australia ("This was a killer - perfect, challenging, life-changing"-2009 Workshop Participant), and;
- Emergency Management Australia.
- He has also presented at the New Zealand Emergency Management Conference, the New Zealand Business Continuity Conference, for Buenos Aires Civil Defense, and at conferences in Beijing, China and Tokyo, Japan.
- In 2013, he was a visiting professor at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Previously, Professor Phelps was the Program Director/Associate Professor for the Graduate Certificate in Emergency & Disaster Management in the Department of Health & Human Services at Southern Connecticut State University and for the Master's in Public Administration in Emergency & Disaster Management at Metropolitan College in New York City, served as Assistant Commissioner of Emergency Management at the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, as Manager of Emergency Life Support Programs at Phelps Memorial Hospital, and as an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He served six years as an IAEM Certification Commissioner and four years as a DRII Education Commissioner. He began working on the ambulance in 1983 and has been a paramedic for the past 28 years working and teaching in New York City, New Jersey, Virginia, and Connecticut.
Professor Phelps holds a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School (where he served on the National Health Law Moot Court team), a Master's in Public Health in both Health Policy & Health Administration from Yale Medical School (where he was a Farr Scholar and a Schlesinger Fellow), and a Bachelor's in Anthropology with honors from Columbia University. As an attorney, he is admitted to the bar in New York, New Jersey, and the federal courts.
Adjunct faculty includes disaster and ambulance professionals and academics from around the New York City and around the world.