ECEM Faculty

Learn more about faculty members teaching ECEM program courses They are experts in their respective fields.

John Joseph Casey III | Martin Clauberg | Paul Davis | Marc Glasser | Kay C. Goss | Carolyn Levering | Robert E. McCreight | Bryan Scyphers | Christine Gibbs Springer | Krystyna Stave | William L. Waugh, Jr.


John Joseph Casey III

Currently serving as the Deputy Surgeon and Senior Medical Planner for United States Army Africa located in Vicenza, Italy, Professor Casey holds dual master of science degrees in Disaster and Emergency Management from Touro University International and Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College. He specialized in leadership, operations, intelligence, strategic planning, and disaster and emergency management during his almost 20 years in the U.S. Army. He has gained considerable experience by working with foreign militaries, multinational coalitions, and diverse cultures by serving 14 ½ years overseas in Germany, Turkey, Korea, Iraq, and Italy as well as several NATO deployments to the Balkans. Professor Casey has participated in numerous Partnership for Peace (PfP) exercises and humanitarian MEDFLAG missions throughout Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the African continent. He has been published in multiple professional journals and been invited to present at numerous international conferences on intelligence issues and emergency management. He has been presented the prestigious Thomas Knowlton Award for significant contributions to the field of Army Intelligence by the Military Intelligence Corps Association and the Order of Military Medical Merit for his contributions to emergency management and bioterrorism response by the Army Medical Department. Professor Casey, a board certified emergency manager (CEM®) through the International Association of Emergency Managers, teaches the ECEM Prevention and Planning course.

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Martin Clauberg

A lecturer in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department and consulting scientist at The Institute for Environmental Modeling at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Martin Clauberg founded Dr. Clauberg Consulting and is a recurring guest scientist in the Programme Group MUT at the Research Center Juelich in Germany (http://www.fz-juelich.de/mut). He holds a MBA-equivalency in business management and marketing from the Personal training Institute in Düsseldorf, Germany, a Ph.D. in biochemistry and B.S. degrees in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Tennessee, where he was a Science Alliance Research Fellow. His book on "Comparative Risk Assessment Concepts, Problems and Applications" (2006) is widely used as a strategic resource by international regulatory bodies. As the Risk Assessment Team Leader for the ORNL Environmental Restoration Division's Risk Assessment Program, Professor Clauberg prepared or managed numerous environmental health risk assessments. At Oak Ridge, he helped develop the Risk Assessment Information System (http://risk.lsd.ornl.gov), which serves as a resource for assessing and communicating risks to various stakeholders. Dr. Clauberg is an author of numerous publications on risk assessment and risk communication. His current research focuses on assessment and communication tool platform development in support of analyzing and organizing risk information management practices and systems in regulatory agencies.He is currently involved in an EU initiative on risk perception methodologies and empirical studies on chemicals released from consumer products and articles. He teaches Risk and Mitigation for the ECEM program.

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Paul Davis

A three-time international Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Davis has been teaching for the University of Nevada system for the past 29 years (Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Utah). He was previously a participant in the U.S. State Department Scholar-Diplomat Program on national security and was involved in conducting a program on international peace, security, and conflict management for the United States Institute of Peace. He is a two-time National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellow in the field of international violence and a two-time National Science Foundation scholar. Co-author of a textbook titled Introduction to Political Terrorism, he is a contributing editor for Annual Editions: Violence and Terrorism, both McGraw-Hill publications. Since 1998, Dr. Davis has been teaching international terrorism for the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2004, he completed training and joined the Community Emergency Response Team of Washoe County, Nev. Dr. Davis teaches the ECEM Evolution of Terrorism Course.

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Marc Glasser

Founder and principal of PRM GLOBAL, LLC, a security, emergency management and continuity services firm specializing in Protection Risk Management (PRM). (Executive MS in Crisis and Emergency Management from University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a BS in Law Enforcement and Police Science from Sam Houston State University. His U.S. Government career spans more than two decades. He is a U.S. Department of Transportation Special Agent where he directs risk management programs to combat intentional (e.g., terrorist acts, sabotage, theft, arson), technical or natural disaster risks for the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS) Infrastructure/Key Resources (CI/KR) in multiple states and U.S. territories. He is a U.S. Department of Transportation Regional Emergency Transportation Representative Team Member in support of the National Response Framework and Emergency Support Function #1. His office is located in the Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism (Fusion) Center. Professor Glasser teaches the ECEM Organizational Leadership course.

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Kay C. Goss

Former associate director of FEMA and now a principal with SRA International (B.A. and M.A. in political science and public administration from the University of Arkansas ), Ms. Goss was the first female to serve as FEMA's associate director, responsible for the nation's readiness by building state and local emergency preparedness capability through the development of plans and procedures; by building the emergency management profession through training of federal, state, and local emergency managers in mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery functions as well as developing academic degree programs in institutions of higher education; and by testing personnel, plans, procedures, and equipment through a nationwide program of exercises. Ms. Goss teaches the ECEM Human Considerations course.

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Carolyn Levering

Director of Emergency Management for the city of Las Vegas. (M.Ed. UNLV; B.A. University of Southern California), Ms. Levering has worked in the field of disaster relief and emergency management in Las Vegas for 11 years. She is a certified emergency manager, responsible for the management of more than $30 million in homeland security grant funds and responsibility for developing plans, training, and exercises to test community response capabilities. She chaired the Nevada State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) Planning and Training Subcommittee and also chairs the longest-running multidiscipline conference in the state of Nevada, the HazMat Explo. This annual event draws more than 700 emergency managers, first responders, and risk and safety professionals from around the nation each year. Ms. Levering teaches the ECEM Community Preparedness course.

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Robert E. McCreight

Adjunct professor, George Washington University (Ph.D. in Public Administration, George Mason University; M.S. in Public Administration, George Washington University; B.S. in history, West Chester University), Dr. McCreight has a long list of credentials as an expert on policy analysis and development regarding nuclear weaponry, agro-security, technical surveillance sensors, and weapons of mass destruction. He served as a senior policy advisor for the Department of State; is a national defense and homeland security expert; and has designed, evaluated, and coordinated training exercise for federal security agencies. Dr. McCreight teaches both the Exercise Design and Response Plan as well as the Capstone Experience for ECEM.

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Bryan Scyphers

Retired from the state of North Carolina after 30 years of service as a paramedic and college dean in Lexington, NC. Mr. Scyphers (M.Ed., Higher Education Administration, University of North Carolina- Greensboro; B.S., Science Education, Virginia Tech) also serves as an intermittent Emergency Planning Analyst with the National Disaster Medical System/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Scyphers holds the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) credential and teaches the ECEM Response and Recovery course.

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Christine Gibbs Springer

Executive director of the ECEM program at UNLV (Ph.D. in Public Administration from Indiana University), Dr. Springer is a former president of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA). She served as director of intergovernmental and community relations for the Salt River Project (Arizona), one of the largest public utilities in the country and sited nuclear and coal fired generating stations. Dr. Springer teaches graduate public administration courses at UNLV. She has served as associate professor at Arizona State University in the College of Public Programs, where she co-founded the Nonprofit Management Center degree program. She is an expert in facilitation, marketing, communications, and management processes, and she has authored 10 books and numerous articles on those subjects. She also is a columnist in the P.A. Times on strategic management issues. Dr. Springer teaches the ECEM Intergovernmental Affairs course.

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Krystyna Stave

Associate professor, Department of Environmental Studies, UNLV (Ph.D., Yale University; M.S., Dartmouth College; B.S., Cornell University, School of Engineering), Dr. Stave teaches courses in system dynamics modeling, social ecology, and environmental problem solving. Her research focuses on stakeholder participation in environmental decision making. This includes environmental education to increase public awareness and understanding of environmental issues and the development of computer simulation models to support decision making. Dr. Stave teaches the ECEM Science of Catastrophes course.

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William L. Waugh, Jr.

Coordinator of the Andrew Young School's Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management at Georgia State University (Ph.D., University of Mississippi), Dr. Waugh is an internationally known scholar in disaster studies and emergency management. He has been a consultant to public, private, and nonprofit organizations and the media on dealing with terrorist threats, responding to disasters, and building governmental and nongovernmental capacities for managing hazards and disasters. He has authored and co-authored books on the subject, and he serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Emergency Management and serves on the editorial boards of Public Administration Review, Public Organization Review, the International Journal of Economic Development, and the International Journal of Strategic e-Commerce. Dr. Waugh teaches the ECEM Crisis and Emergency Management course.

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