Health Sciences & Social Work

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

Assistant Professor

Emergency Management Program Coodinator



Stipes 402N
Phone: 309/298-1621



  •   Education

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 graduate and undergraduate levels for classes such as Foundations of Emergency Management, Hazards and Disasters in Emergency Management, Principles of Emergency Management, Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery, Disaster Preparedness and Response, Dimensions of Disaster (disaster social science), Business Continuity, and Disaster Film

  • Research Interests

Tornado disasters in the midwest United States, Near Earth Object (Asteroid) threats, long-term disaster recovery, community betterment after crisis, disaster field research, emergency management higher education, disasters in arts and culture, and various emergency management practice-related topics

  • Extended 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.  His dissertation focused on volcanic disaster recovery in Montserrat, British West Indies. He 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. Prior to joining the Western Illinois University faculty in 2009, he was a faculty member in at the University of North Texas in the Emergency Administration and Planning Program.  Prior to academia, he worked in the areas of hazard mitigation planning, land use planning, regional planning, university-based cooperative extension, and urban community development Lansing and Detroit Michigan.

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, including the 2012 EF-4 Illinois Leap Day Tornado.

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 CBS News, the Christian Science Monitor, Voice of America, and National Public Radio.

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