Ryan Baggett, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor

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B.S.  Murray State University
M.S.  Eastern Kentucky University
Ed.D.  Eastern Kentucky University, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Email  Ryan.Baggett@eku.edu
Phone  859-622-8261

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience
  • Homeland Security Technology
  • Risk Analysis
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


  • Homeland Security Technologies for the 21st Century (2017)
  • Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection, 2nd Edition (2018 – Currently Under Development)
  • Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection (2009)

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Former director of homeland security programs for EKU’s Justice and Safety Center
  • Contractor / Principle Investigator – U.S. Department of Homeland Security & U.S. Department of Justice

Current University Service:

  • Faculty Senator (Co-Chair – Information Technology Committee)
  • Faculty Innovator (Deep Course Mentor)
  • EKU Honors Program Advisory Committee
  • University Academic Technology Advisory Committee
  • EKU Computer Science Advisory Board

Professional Affiliations:

  • Board of Directors – American Red Cross (Daniel Boone Chapter)
  • Board of Directors – University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service (Madison)
  • Faculty Advisor – National Order of the Sword and Shield Honor Society
  •  InfraGuard (Louisville Chapter)


  • EKU Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year – 2013
  • EKU Award for Teaching Excellence – 2014
  • EKU Ecampus Faculty Advocate Award – 2015
  • College of Justice and Safety Mentoring Award - 2016

Michael Collier, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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B.S.   U.S. Coast Guard Academy
M.S.  National Defense Intelligence College
Ph.D.  Florida International University, International Relations

Email  Michael.Collier@eku.edu
Phone  859-622-6762

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Intelligence Studies
  • International Relations
  • Critical and Creative Thinking


Dr. Collier has authored several books including: 

  • Political Corruption in the Caribbean Basin
  • Constructing a Theory to Combat Corruption and Terrorism Preparedness in Florida Improved Since 9/11, But Far From Ready

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Former director of research and academic programs at Florida International University's Latin American and Caribbean Center
  • Served senior officer tours as coast guard and police attaché in the U.S. Embassy, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Served as deputy director of intelligence, Joint Interagency Task Force East, Key West, Florida

Military Service:
United States Coast Guard

Chad Foster, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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B.S.  United States Military Academy
M.P.A.  University of Louisville
Ph.D.  University of Louisville

Email  Chad.Foster@eku.edu
Phone  859-622-2608

Research and Academic Interests:

  • Homeland Security and Disaster Management Policy
  • Disaster Resilience and Social Vulnerability
  • Community Preparedness and Emergency Management Systems
  • Technology and Society
  • High-Impact Educational Practices

Work History and Publications:

  • Experience includes work as a Federal Emergency Management Agency contractor responsible for implementing various preparedness programs for the benefit of safety, security, and emergency management professionals nationwide.
  • Managed multiple projects at the Council of State Governments, including an assessment of the National Capital Region using the Emergency Management Accreditation Program standard, and a Federal government-sponsored study of state law enforcement agencies following 9/11.
  • Authored a variety of government publications and reports in direct support to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency.
  • Published frequently as a public safety and justice analyst for the Council of State Governments.
  • Recently co-edited and contributed to the book Homeland Security Technologies for the 21st Century.
  • Passionate about student success and teaching and learning as it relates to homeland security, emergency/disaster management, and strategic planning and leadership.

Military Service:
Dr. Foster served in a variety of leadership positions in the U.S. Army as an armor officer, which included two overseas peacekeeping operations. 

Joanne McGlown, Ph.D., RN
Assistant Professor

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A.A.S.  University of Alabama at Birmingham
A.A.S.  University of Alabama at Birmingham
B.S. University of Montevallo (AL)
M.S.H.H.A  University of Alabama at Birmingham
Ph.D. University of Alabama at Birmingham (Admin. Of Health Services / Strategy)

Email  Joanne.McGlown@eku.edu
Phone 859-622-3488

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Medical Aspects of Emergency and Disaster management
  • Evidence-based Practices in Healthcare Disaster Management
  • Global Disaster Medical and Healthcare Practices
  • Executive Decision-making in the Evacuation of Healthcare Facilities
  • Medical Countermeasures for Weapons of Mass Destruction


Dr. McGlown has several books and articles including:

  • Anticipate – Response – Recover: Healthcare leadership and Catastrophic Events
  • Terrorism and Disaster Management:  Preparing Healthcare Leaders for the New Reality
  • Evidence-based Criteria for Hospital Evacuation: The Case of Hurricane Katrina
  • Evidence-based Criteria for Hospital Evacuation: The Case of Hurricane Katrina – Ten Years Later
  • Homeland Security Challenges in Nursing Practice

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Fellow, American College of Healthcare  Executives (ACHE); past-Board of Directors of the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM); Member, Sigma Theta Tau International (honor society of nursing); awarded 10 Who’s Who designations; Award for Public Service (highest commendation awarded a civilian for public service) – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DOT.
  • Work Experience includes the following US agencies and organizations:  FEMA-HQ; Battelle Memorial Institute, Argonne National Laboratories, DOD-CENTCOM, DHS/FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness. Served as a Consultant to many organizations, including the CDC, and International Medical Corps.

William Sullivan, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor

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B.S.  Police Administration - EKU
M.S.  Safety Security & Emergency Mgt.  – EKU Certificate in Homeland Security
Ed.D. Educational Leadership & Policy Studies - EKU

Email  Bill.Sullivan@eku.edu
Phone  859-622-1141

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Security Operations / Management
  • Active Shooter / Mass Murder
  • School Safety & Security
  • LE & Security Training, Programs, & Personnel


  • American Educational Research Association
  • Assessment, Research, Networking, and Insights for Evaluation (ARNIE)
  • Journal of School Leadership

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Major (Ret.) Kentucky State Police
  • Department of Criminal Justice Training
  • Kentucky Law Enforcement Council


  • Instructor of the Year, Department of Criminal Justice Training
  • Governor’s Medal of Valor
  • Meritorious Service with Valor
  • Two Commissioner’s Commendations

Professional Activities:


  • Committee, Member, Academic Integrity Committee.
  • Curriculum Committee Member, Kentucky Law Enforcement Council


  • Committee Member, Academic Integrity & Grade Appeals Committee
  • Committee Member, Academic Scholarship & Recognition Committee
  • Committee Member, Faculty Search Committee
  • Member of the Academic Scholarship and Recognition Committee


  • Coach, Pistol Club at EKU
  • Committee, Member, University Academic Planning and Assessment Committee (APAC)
  • Committee, Member, EKU Campus Security Committee