Lecturer, Disaster Science and Emergency Management

Rowan University
Glassboro, New Jersey

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Job no: 495276
Work type: Regular Full-Time
Location: Glassboro, New Jersey
Categories: Faculty - College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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 [email protected]

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
Applications close:


Working at Rowan University 

Rowan University, located a half-hour outside of Philadelphia with its main campus in suburban Glassboro, N.J., is an institution on the move.

This summer, the University opened Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) in partnership with Cooper University Health Care, in Camden. The first new four-year, M.D.-granting medical school in New Jersey in more than 35 years, CMSRU welcomed its first class in August 2012.

Rowan continues to work with the Borough of Glassboro and private developers on Rowan Boulevard, a $300 million redevelopment project that links the University’s main campus to the historic downtown. This fall alone, the partners broke ground for a new academic building/parking garage and a Marriott Courtyard Hotel. Rowan Boulevard already includes a Barnes & Noble Collegiate Superstore, housing for approximately 1,300 students and retail space.

The University also recently created a School of Biomedical Sciences, which joins nine colleges. In addition to CMSRU they are: the Rohrer College of Business, Communication & Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Graduate & Continuing Education, Humanities & Social Sciences, Performing Arts, and Science & Mathematics.

Earlier in 2012, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie awarded Rowan state research institution status (not Carnegie classification) as part of the New Jersey Medical and Health Science Education Restructuring Act, making Rowan only the second comprehensive public research institution in the State. That Act also opened the door to Rowan partnering with Rutgers-Camden to create a College of Health Sciences in Camden near CMSRU. The vision for that College calls for schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, food science and 16 allied health programs. The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in nearby Stratford, N.J., is to become part of Rowan in the near future. When that occurs, Rowan will be only the second school in the nation with M.D. and D.O. medical programs.

A selective, medium‑sized public university, Rowan is recognized for its nationally ranked academic and athletic programs, talented professors and high‑tech facilities. The University, which has a branch campus in Camden, N.J., and the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University in Mantua, N.J., prides itself on being able to provide its more than 12,000 students with an outstanding education at an exceptional value.

 The University offers 57 undergraduate majors, including four undergraduate degree-completion programs; three dual bachelor’s/master’s degrees; more than 40 master’s level programs (including specializations); approximately 25 graduate-level certificate programs; 12 post-baccalaureate programs or endorsements; and two doctoral/specialist programs, including the M.D. degree from its medical school. Students can pursue their degrees at the main campus, the Camden campus, online or at several community colleges, as well as at CMSRU.

Rowan has been recognized by national organizations that evaluate colleges and universities. U.S. News & World Report ranked Rowan 19th among Best Regional Universities—North, third among the public institutions in the category. The Princeton Review named Rowan among 222 institutions in its Best in the Northeast section of its website feature 2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region and included the Rohrer College of Business in its edition of the Best 296 Business Schools. The Princeton Review also listed Rowan, which in the past has been recognized by the U.S. EPA as a Top Green Power Purchaser in its athletic conference, in its Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition.


Currently, Rowan University employs 1,090 faculty members: full-time tenure-track professors, full-time temporary professors, part-time professors and adjuncts. The University also employs 940 staff members.

Recognizing that employees, students and the community are valuable resources, Rowan’s Human Resources Department supports the University’s vision and mission; encourages the personal and professional enrichment of employees; provides services appropriate to employees’ needs; and promotes awareness, learning and collaboration.

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