Researchers from the University of Central Missouri, Virginia Commonwealth University, Northumbria University (United Kingdom) and Linnaeus University (Sweden) joined for a policy-oriented measures project funded by a grant from the EU-US Atlantis Program. This project has been examining Homeland Security academic provision within the US and EU. The study’s goals focus on developing benchmarks and assessing core areas within the Homeland Security-related curricula. This paper will present findings that examine definitional and conceptual differences on Homeland Security provision both between the EU and US and within these two regions. Amidst frequent calls for closing the gap between security services and academia, these findings could have an impact on establishing specific benchmarks for Homeland Security specific academic programs. In the US context these academic programs reflect a post 9-11 government restructuring that has not occurred to the same extent in either the governmental or academic institutions within the EU.


Donald H. Wallace

Donald H. Wallace is a professor criminal justice. Prof. Wallace holds an LL.M in international law from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and a J.D. from the University of Nebraska. He teaches many of the law courses in both bachelors- and masters-level programs. Wallace has taught human rights courses three times at the Middelburg (nee Maastricht) Centre for Transatlantic Studies (Netherlands). In 2007-2008 Wallace served as co-chair of the UCM university working committee, which developed the new International Studies major program. Wallace also developed the International Justice undergraduate minor for the UCM Criminal Justice Department, in which he teaches courses on human rights, international law, and international criminal law. Additionally he is the Director of the UCM Institute of Justice & International Studies.

Craig McLean

Craig McLean is a senior lecturer in the Division of Politics and History at Northumbria University, UK. He teaches modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on Security Governance, European Integration, Diplomacy, and Governance. He is also developing an undergraduate module on Genocide. McLean has attended several conferences, giving papers and published articles on the burden of proof and decisions on war, risk management and foreign policymaking, and security issues arising in UK universities.

William Parrish

William Parrish is an Associate Professor in the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to his arrival at VCU he served in the Department of Homeland Security in several senior executive level positions, including the Department’s Senior Representative to the Federal Bureau of Investigation; acting Assistant Secretary for Information Analysis (Intelligence); the first Associate Director for Homeland Security at the Presidential directed Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC) and as special assistant to the Secretary of Homeland Security. Parrish currently serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Academe, Policy and Research Senior Advisory Council to the Department of Homeland Security and also serves as a member to the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Advisory Council.

Sarah Soppitt

Sarah Soppit is currently a Principal lecturer for workforce development in the Division of Sociology and Criminology at Northumbria University. Sarah arrived at Northumbria in 2005, after spending ten years at Teesside University. Whilst at Teesside University Sarah developed a number of professional programmes including the first initial police training programme to be delivered by a higher education establishment in England and Wales, working in collaboration with the Police Modernisation Unit (Home office) and the Sector Skills council Skills for Justice. Since arriving at Northumbria University, Sarah has continued to work across the criminal justice sector developing and designing programmes for the probation service, government office North east and generic criminal justice provision.

Daniel Silander

Daniel Silander holds a PhD in Political Science and is an Associate professor at the Department of Political Science at Linnaeus University Sweden. Dr. Silander's main expertise includes the areas of democratization and democracy promoting measures, globalization and proliferation of norms, and the European Union and interregional relations. He is especially interested in the notion of the old and new Europe with particular focus on the role of the EU to promote peace, democracy and human rights in Europe. He has been a guest scholar at Åbo University, Finland; Pristina University, Kosovo; Glamorgan University, Wales; Syracuse University, USA; Sunshine Coast University, Australia; and the Maastricht Center for Transatlantic Studies, Holland.

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Exploring Homeland Security Education across the Atlantic

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Wallace, D., McLean, C., Parriah, W., Soppitt. S., & Silander, D. (2012). Exploring homeland security education across the Atlantic. Journal of Homeland Security Education, 1, 77-88, https://jsire.org/exploring-homeland-security-education-across-the-atlantic