The history of higher education in emergency management: The Emergency Management Institute, the National Science Foundation, and the William Averette Anderson Fund


  • William L. Waugh Jr, PhD
  • Kay C. Goss, CEM



As the profession of emergency management has matured, the roles and responsibilities of emergency managers  have  expanded,  new  technologies  have been deployed, and emergency management educa- tion grown and has become better connected to emer- gency management practice. This special topic cover- age (in three parts) addresses many of the changes in emergency management education over the past four decades, including the expansion of academic pro- grams for those preparing to enter the field, those transitioning from emergency response and other fields, and those moving into supervisory and man- agement positions in emergency management and related organizations. It also addresses some of the issues that academic programs have encountered as they have developed and have found their places in academic institutions. (Login to read more.)

Author Biographies

William L. Waugh Jr, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Management & Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

Kay C. Goss, CEM

Faculty, Executive Master’s in Crisis and Emergency Management Degree Program, UNLV; Chair, Emergency Management Advisory Council, Metropolitan College of New York; President, Council on Accreditation of Emergency Management Higher Education, Alexandria, Virginia


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How to Cite

Waugh Jr, PhD, W. L., and K. C. Goss, CEM. “The History of Higher Education in Emergency Management: The Emergency Management Institute, the National Science Foundation, and the William Averette Anderson Fund”. Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 17, no. 1, Jan. 2019, pp. 7-12, doi:10.5055/jem.2019.0391.