Health Sciences & Social Work

photo of Jack RozdilskyJack L. Rozdilsky, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Emergency Management


Stipes 402N
Phone: 309/298-1621



Ph.D., Michigan State University - Resource Development and Urban Studies

M.A., University of Illinois at Springfield - Environmental Studies

B.S., Bradley University - Environmental Science

B.S., Bradley University - Geology

  • Teaching Interests

Teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for classes in disaster science and emergency management.

  • Research Interests

Field-based qualitative research concerning long-term disaster recovery

  • Extended Biographical Sketch

Jack L. Rozdilsky, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Emergency Management.

For the last decade, Dr. Rozdilsky has been teaching emergency management courses at the university-level.  Prior to joining the faculty at Western Illinois University, he was a faculty member at the Emergency Administration and Planning Program at the University of North Texas.  

He earned a Ph.D. in Resource Development and Urban Studies from Michigan State University in 2005.  His dissertation focused on volcanic disaster recovery in Montserrat, British West Indies. He also has earned a M.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Illinois at Springfield.  His thesis focused on the flood-related relocation of Valmeyer, Illinois, due to the 1993 Mississippi River Floods.

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,  Natural Hazards Review and the Natural Hazards Observer. He has also authored book chapters related to emergency management education, hazards research, responses to terrorism, and comparative international emergency management in Israel. Dr. Rozdilsky has presented his works at 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, the National Severe Weather Workshop, and the National Tornado Summit. In addition, he has been an invited speaker at international events such as: the United Nations' Environment, Forced Migration, & Social Vulnerability International Conference in Bonn, Germany; and, the Cities on Volcanoes International Congresses in Quito, Ecuador, and Auckland, New Zealand. Dr. Rozdilsky's grant funded projects have involved post-disaster quick response type studies. Some of his current research projects are related to recent tornado disasters in the Midwestern United States. 

Dr. Rozdilsky's service activities include outreach to state and local-level emergency management authorities and expert commentary to media.  He is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (IESMA).  Dr. Rozdilsky serves on the IESMA student affairs committee.  He has sat on various State and Federal-Level task forces and review panels. Dr. Rozdilsky has also been a frequent media commentator on disaster-related issues for both print and electronic media outlets such as The Chicago Tribune, CBS News, the Christian Science Monitor, Voice of America, and National Public Radio.

Dr. Rozdilsky is a licensed ham radio operator, call sign KE5PID.