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Jack Rozdilsky, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Michigan State University
Teaching Interests: Hazards and disasters in emergency management, principles of emergency management, hazard mitigation and disaster recovery
Research Interests: Long-term disaster recovery, natural hazards, disaster field research, community betterment after crisis, disasters in arts and culture, and various emergency management practice-related topics
Biographical Sketch: Jack L. Rozdilsky, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Management in the Department of Health Sciences at Western Illinois University. He earned a Ph.D. in Resource Development and Urban Studies from Michigan State University in 2005. Prior to joining the Western Illinois University faculty in 2009, he was a faculty member at the University of North Texas and worked in the areas of hazard mitigation planning, land use planning, regional planning, university-based cooperative extension, and urban community development.
Dr. Rozdilsky is active in post-disaster field studies and he has done research in communities stricken by floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanic hazards, and technological/environmental disasters. His scholarly writings have been published in outlets such as The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Natural Hazards Review. He has also authored book chapters related to emergency management education, hazards research, and comparative international emergency management in Israel. Dr. Rozdilsky has presented his works at the national meetings such as the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop at the University of Colorado, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Higher Education Conference, and the National Severe Weather Workshop. In addtion he as been an invited speaker at international events such as: the United Nations's Environment, Forced Migration, & Social Vulnerabiltiy International Conference in Bonn, Germany; and, the Cities on Volcanoes International Congresses in Quito, Ecuador, and Auckland, New Zeland. Dr. Rozdilsky's grant funded projects have involved post-natural disaster quick response studies. Some of his current research projects are related to recent tornado disasters in the midwestern United States.
Dr. Rozdilsky's service activities include work with practitioners at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association, and various local-level emergency management offices. He has sat on various State and Federal-Level tasks forces and review panels. Dr. Rozdilsky as also been a frequent media commentator on disaster-related issues for both print and electronic media outlets such as CBS News, the Christian Science Monitor, and National Public Radio.