Pracademic Affairs delivers inaugural issue in May

Looking to provide emergency management and homeland security practitioners with a “welcoming platform” to explore, examine, analyze and write about “real-world critical lessons learned” in the ongoing effort to improve community resilience, the Pracademic Affairs eJournal has made its debut.

In partnership with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Homeland Security Affairs Journal, the new online publication posted its inaugural issue on May 21.

Pracademic Affairs co-founders: CHDS instructor Steve Recca, and co-directors Meghan McPherson and Dr. Michael Wallace

The publication provides the “practitioner-scholar,” or “pracademic,” a platform to exchange ideas via a published open source online journal, or eJournal, format.

Often, emergency management and homeland security professionals have been discouraged from submitting articles for academic publications.

There has been a perceived gap between academic and practitioner roles within those areas since the field’s inception as an academic discipline nearly two decades ago.

Pracademic Affairs offers a modern option for ‘publishing and promoting’ content showcasing for new audiences the important work being performed by homeland security and emergency management practitioners every day in the nation’s communities.

According to Homeland Security Affairs Journal managing editor Stephen Twing (University and Agency Partnership Program participant), the editorial committee of the HSAJ had been “looking to provide a forum for practitioners to share lessons learned and other practical insights for their fellow practitioners in the field.”

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Last summer, Twing said the committee was approached by a group that included CHDS UAPP director Steve Recca, along with Tulane University’s Masters in Emergency Management program instructors Meghan McPherson and Michael Wallace.

After a “persuasive presentation,” the HSAJ editorial committee “decided to give this new practitioner’s forum a try,” Twing said.

He said Pracademic Affairs is designed for short practical essays “written by practitioners for practitioners,” and serves as a supplement to the Homeland Security Affairs journal’s existing forum for academic homeland security research.

Submissions can include the following: essays and short-form articles discussing practitioners’ new ideas, changes, or updates in current or future operations in the fields of emergency management, homeland security, or security management; lessons learned from real-world and exercise events; and, discussion of leadership and/or management best practices.

The hope is that the new eJournal can “bring a voice to operators and elevate the pracademic’s role in making our communities safer.”

Among the articles included in the inaugural issue of Pracademic Affairs:

Pracademic Affairs is overseen by a six-member board editorial review board that includes McPherson and Wallace, who serve as Pracademic Affairs co-directors, Recca, New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management director Jennifer Harper (Fusion Center Alum, Master’s Alum, UAPP participant 0803/0804, FCLP 1002), Shell Oil Company Senior Emergency Response Specialist Bradley Hubbard, and Tulane University School of Professional Advancement Professor of Practice and Associate Director for the Emergency and Security Studies program Dr. Rebecca Rouse.

The submission deadline for the second edition of Pracademic Affairs is Aug. 27.