Lecturer, Disaster Science and Emergency Management



Rowan University offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate academic programs in emergency management and invites applications for a full-time faculty member to join a growing interdisciplinary team beginning in the Fall of 2021 at the rank of Lecturer position (rank commensurate with qualifications and experience). The emergency management degree program has approximately 160 undergraduate students and a Master of Science degree in Emergency and Threat Response Management. The combined programs are experiencing growth. Thus, we seek an experienced, energetic, and innovative colleague who is committed to excellence in teaching and service to join our faculty in the Program in Disaster Science and Emergency Management.

The full-time Lecturer position (rank commensurate with qualifications and experience) will teach 4 emergency management (or supporting discipline) classes per semester. Course reduction for program leadership is expected as a part of the successful applicant's service to the program. Courses may be offered online or in-person, depending on departmental and student needs. While the position is formally housed in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the appointment is in the Program in Disaster Science and Emergency Management. Moreover, the position will also support our program offerings at the Camden and Glassboro Campus locations. Service includes working with a team to help coordinate the undergraduate or graduate program, offer seasonal workshops for students, student competitions, and related academic and professional mentoring.

Position Requirements:

  • A doctoral degree or equivalent graduate degree in Emergency Management or Public Administration (excluding Homeland Security) from a regionally accredited university or college (related degrees may be considered on a case-by-case basis);
  • A minimum of 5 years of sworn/licensed/certified first responder experience (police, fire, emergency medical);
  • Excellence in teaching with the ability to teach emergency management-specific coursework. Primary Teaching areas must include two of the following areas: Complex Organizations, Policy/Disaster Policy, Risk Analysis, Planning. Secondary Teaching Areas can include one of the following: Research Methods, Social Science and Disasters, Incident Command, Critical Infrastructure;
  • A blend of scholarly practice and experiential education;
  • Professionally engaged in state, regional, national, or international first responder or continuity of operations organizations.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Has a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) or equivalent credential;
  • Experience in online teaching, learning, and curriculum design;
  • Experience with co-curricular programming offerings (student organizations, workshops, mentoring programs, community networks, etc.);
  • A scholarly record of professional presentations, editorials, handbooks, policy manuals, peer-reviewed scholarship in emergency management.


The Program In Disaster Science and Emergency Management at Rowan:
The Program in Disaster Science and Emergency Management is housed in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology which embraces liberal arts learning within a social science framework. The program offers two degrees, Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (BA), and the Emergency & Threat Response Management (MS) together with its undergraduate and graduate certificates in Counterterrorism & Emergency Response Operations (CUGS), Border, Port of Entry & Homeland Security (CUGS), Disaster Public Health & Emergency Response Operations (CUGS), First Responder Executive Leadership (COGS), and Public Health Preparedness & Emergency Medical Management (COGS). These programs equip students with the intellectual basis to continue university-level education, life-long learning, and career advancement. Graduates possess the skills needed to address complex natural, technological, and human-induced hazards and crises in our modern context. The program’s faculty pursue active research agendas. Professionally, their specialties range from disaster studies, weapons of mass destruction, disaster planning, continuity planning (COOP), emergency medical management, exercise design, terrorism response, counterterrorism, supply chain logistics, strategic planning, and environmental disasters.

Starting Date: September 1, 2021

Salary: Competitive

General Information: Lecturers are 10-month positions with the option to teach summer classes for additional compensation. While this is a non-tenure track position, the initial 2-year contract is renewable, with expectations for continuing renewal of two, three, four, and then five years per contract. In addition, the position has a promotion path and includes benefits.

The application must be submitted through our online application system (PDF format) containing a cover letter, a statement of teaching experience, vision for emergency management education, a curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (copies acceptable), and names and contact information of three references.

Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the US, and the university will not sponsor an applicant for a work visa for this position.

Rowan University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

All positions are contingent upon budget appropriations.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. DeMond Miller, Chair of the Disaster Science & Emergency Management search committee at millerd@rowan.edu.

Application Deadline: The review of applications will begin on June 18, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

General Rowan Information: Rowan University is an R2 Carnegie-classified Doctoral University (High Research Activity) with approximately 20,000 students. Its main campus is located in Glassboro, N.J., 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia, with additional campuses in Camden and Stratford. The University comprises seven academic colleges and five schools—the William G. Rohrer College of Business; the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering; the Ric Edelman College of Communication and Creative Arts, the Colleges of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Performing Arts, and Science & Mathematics; the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University; the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine; the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; the School of Health Professions; and the School of Earth and Environment—with an Honors College that spans across disciplines. Rowan is one of three public universities in the country to offer M.D. and D.O. medical degree programs. The institution is also home to the South Jersey Technology Park, which fosters the translation of applied research into commercial products and processes, the Ric & Jean Edelman Planetarium, Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park & Museum, and the Virtual Reality Center. Rowan has been recognized as one of the top 100 public universities in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report. Rowan University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. For the complete Rowan University, non-discrimination and affirmative action policy see: https://sites.rowan.edu/equity/_docs/policies/eeo-statement.pdf.

Advertised: May 27 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
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