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Emergency Preparedness in Higher Education
with Tracey Brown and Peggy Bowen-Hartung

When: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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This presentation will explore a potential connection between the theoretical framework of transformational leadership and emergency preparedness. In the wake of major incidences, researchers evaluate established best practices and opportunities for further advancement. However, a theoretical framework of leadership has not been identified to guide these practices.

Are you prepared for an emergency at your institution? How is your emergency plan structured? What are its strengths and weaknesses? This webinar will explore a potential connection between transformational leadership and emergency preparedness. In the wake of major incidences, researchers evaluate established best practices and opportunities for further advancement.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Consider new ways of structuring emergency planning to include post-crisis debriefing.
  • Consider a framework of transformational leadership throughout the crisis stages.
  • Understand the history that has informed current best practices of emergency preparedness.

Target Audience:

Understand the history that has informed current best practices of emergency preparedness.

Speaker Biography

Tracey L. Brown is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Leadership Studies with a specialization in Educational Leadership at Alvernia University (Reading, PA, USA) where she also works as a Graduate Assistant to the Institutional Review Board. In addition, she is a Lecturer of Psychology at Montgomery County Community College (Blue Bell, PA, USA). She is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the International Leadership Association. She is also a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma the national scholastic honor society for Catholic colleges and universities, as well as Alpha Epsilon Lamda the academic excellence and leadership honor society of graduate and professional school students. Brown's research interests include leadership in higher education, psychology, and sustainability.

As a very young woman, Peggy Bowen-Hartung, Ph.D., CTS, recognized the importance of education. She left her home on an Osage Indian reservation in Oklahoma to attend Stanford University. She later moved to Texas, earning her doctorate in educational psychology from Texas A&M, where she also became a teacher. After a 1967 law was passed in Texas requiring police officers to undergo psychological evaluations, Dr. Bowen-Hartung realized the close connection between psychology and criminal justice. She became a law enforcement instructor at Texas A&M and was the first woman in the state of Texas to be named to a special weapons unit. Bowen-Hartung has served as a licensed psychologist in the states of Oklahoma and Texas, as well as a certified trauma specialist. In fact, her unique background has made her a valuable asset to the American Red Cross, which has called on the mental health specialist to treat first responders—world-wide—after hurricanes, typhoons, and other natural disasters. Bowen-Hartung was at ground zero after September 11, 2001, and has been to all 50 states and Canada, as well as every country in South America, Asia, and Europe. Locally, Bowen-Hartung is involved in both the Anti-Gang Initiative and the Public Safety Advisory Committee for the City of Reading. She serves on the National Institute of Health Review Board, as well as being actively involved in various criminal justice and psychology associations across the nation.