Department of Emergency Management

The bachelor of science degree in Emergency Management (EAM) was established in 1997. Arkansas Tech University was one of the first institutions to offer a baccalaureate degree in this specialized and rapidly growing academic discipline. In 2006, the program became the first degree program to receive accreditation on a national as well as international level from the Foundation for Higher Education Accreditation in Emergency Management (now known as the Council for the Accreditation of Emergency Management Education). In view of the interest in this degree from a wide geographic area including international countries, the degree is also available online as an electronic degree that was approved by the Higher Learning Commission in 2005. The program offers a master of science degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security for students seeking an advanced degree in the discipline.

Vision Statement

The department will lead the discipline and field of emergency management and homeland security by bridging theory and practice.

Mission Statement

Empower students to become world-changers by equipping them with the education, critical thinking, and experience needed as scholars and practitioners in emergency management and homeland security.

Contact Information

Dr. Sandy Smith, Head

Dean Hall, Room 110
(479) 356-2092
Fax: (479) 356-2091


Sandy Smith

Associate Professors

Elizabeth Gray

Assistant Professors

Xiang Chen, Jamie Earls, Caroline Hackerott, Rejina Manandhar, Ekong Peters


Wilson Short


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