Katherine Hawkins, Ph.D., Dean, College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, Radford University

From an administrator’s perspective, the workshop was extremely helpful to me in understanding the context in which we need to be operating as we continue to develop homeland security related programming in units in my college and across the university. I strongly recommend participation in this workshop to department chairs, school directors, deans or others in administrative roles at colleges and universities interested in developing curriculum in homeland security, including such diverse areas as criminal justice, political science, communication, geospatial science, information technology, forensic accounting and others.”

Dr. Rebecca Rouse – Homeland Security Program Director, Marian University

At Marian University, we have employed nearly everything UAPI offers, from attending the annual HDSE Summits with students, networking with other members in person and virtually, and sharing our program’s best practices while learning about others’ initiatives. For years, we have consulted sample HS syllabi, recommendations for textbooks and materials, and subject-matter experts who generously share their uncommon depth of knowledge and insights. Meanwhile, our students benefit enormously by using the HSDL, collected master’s theses, practitioner blogs and many HS-related updates. UAPI brings the world of homeland security to us, and brings Marian University to the world!”

Dr. Jim Ramsay – Chair of the Dept of Business, Politics and Security Studies, University of New Hampshire

UAPI is essential to the ongoing maturation of the academic homeland security enterprise. Combining scholars, practitioners and policy makers to discuss and debate best practices, and emergent trajectories of thought in the homeland security enterprise, the annual UAPI conference is the best of its kind in the nation. The rich variety of panelists, scholars, and peer reviewed presentations makes an the UAPI conference absolutely necessary to the growing body of homeland security knowledge. The UAPI professional development conferences held in Monterey, it’s professional network, the digital library and conference proceedings enable and empower faculty to improve and helps to ensure that courses are topical, relevant and compelling.

Dr. John G. Comiskey – Assistant Professor, Monmouth University

Monmouth University’s homeland security curricula is based upon the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s and UAPI’s resources. Faculty regularly attend UAPI conferences and use their multi-faceted resources to plan their courses and research. Moreover, UAPI’s data bases facilitated my research including “How do college homeland security prepare students for the field?” (Journal of Homeland Security Education) as well as my forthcoming research: How do college homeland security curricula utilize theory? The UAPI is a homeland security imperative!

From Kevin “Kip” Thomas – Director- Healthcare Emergency Management Program, Boston University School of Medicine

It was incredibly useful to connect with universities and government agencies to see what they are doing from a program perspective, but also to see what the agencies’ workforce demands and emerging requirements are being defined as. I feel that the UAPI program is crucial as a means to facilitate the workforce requirements associated with the educational process and it is a vital program to continue. Networking at the UAPI paved the way for me to set up relationships with several university programs including The Naval Postgraduate School, Angelo State Center for Security Studies, University of Alaska Emergency Management and Homeland Security Programs, and Colorado Tech. We are currently working on collaborative educational programs and research opportunities with these universities.