This essay shares the journey and experiences of emergency management (EM) and homeland security (HLS) academics’ professional development in the midst of the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Wendy Walsh

Wendy Walsh has worked in the homeland security and emergency management academic disciplines for two decades. Beginning her federal service as a Presidential Fellow for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security followed by 10 years at the Naval Postgraduate School as their Homeland Defense and Security Coordinator. In 2015, she joined FEMA as their Higher Education Program Manager and currently serves as the Talent Transformation Director for the Chief Learning Officer. She holds degrees in political science and public administration, certificates in systems engineering and design, partnering, management & innovation, and is currently completing her doctorate in education leadership.

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Professional Development in a Pandemic: The 2020 Emergency Management and Homeland Security Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Focus Group