The scholarship of teaching and learning in emergency management and homeland security: Trends, gaps, barriers, and opportunities


  • Shirley Feldmann-Jensen, RN, DPPD, MPH
  • Caroline S. Hackerott, PhD
  • Claire Connolly Knox, PhD
  • James D. Ramsay, PhD, MA, CSP
  • David A. McEntire, PhD
  • Alessandra Jerolleman, PhD, MPA, CFM



higher education, scholarship of teaching and learning, teaching, learning, emergency management/homeland security higher education


Underlying the nature of what is and is not a profession are education standards. Among the characteristics defining a profession’s specialized boundaries are the education standards comprising its academic programs. The status of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is explored for both emergency management and homeland security (EM/HS) at this point in time. The aim of this article is to increase the conceptual understanding of SoTL by discussing what SoTL is, explaining why it is important, exploring our current state of knowledge in this area, and by identifying current barriers and opportunities for improvement. Several possible means of better integrating SoTL into the EM/HS discipines are highlighted: Making SoTL a higher priority, increasing exposure to existing research, advancing knowledge within our own disciplines, sharing knowledge through publications and conferences, and applying knowledge in our teaching. Conclusively, the vital nature of SoTL research can more deeply establish the professional boundaries for both disciplines.

Author Biographies

Shirley Feldmann-Jensen, RN, DPPD, MPH

Program Coordinator and Lecturer, Master of Science Emergency Services Administration Program, School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management, California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach, California

Caroline S. Hackerott, PhD

Assistant Professor, Emergency Management Homeland Security Graduate Program Director, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, Arkansas

Claire Connolly Knox, PhD

Associate Professor, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program Director, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

James D. Ramsay, PhD, MA, CSP

Professor, Department of Business, Politics, and Security Studies Chair, Homeland Security Program Coordinator, University of New Hampshire, Manchester, New Hampshire

David A. McEntire, PhD

Professor, Dean of Health and Public Services, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah

Alessandra Jerolleman, PhD, MPA, CFM

Distinguished Affiliate Professor, Emergency Management Department, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama


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How to Cite

Feldmann-Jensen, RN, DPPD, MPH, S., C. S. Hackerott, PhD, C. C. Knox, PhD, J. D. Ramsay, PhD, MA, CSP, D. A. McEntire, PhD, and A. Jerolleman, PhD, MPA, CFM. “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Emergency Management and Homeland Security: Trends, Gaps, Barriers, and Opportunities”. Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 17, no. 1, Jan. 2019, pp. 27-34, doi:10.5055/jem.2019.0394.