Integrated Homeland Security Management (M.S.)

Program Faculty

Faculty in the IHSM program are well-known experts in their field and dedicated to excellence in student learning. The faculty is diverse as befits the inter-disciplinary nature of this program.


Name & Title Interests Contact Info
Dr. Nikki Austin Disaster nursing and medical reserve corps
Dr. Joseph Clark

Dr. Joseph R. Clark is an assistant professor of political science at Towson University. He teaches courses related to national security, homeland security, and intelligence. Clark's research focuses on the organizational learning processes of national security organizations (including the armed services, intelligence agencies, and law enforcement). He is particularly interested how organizations learn in the face of strategic failure.

In addition to his work at Towson University, Clark is a non-resident senior research associate with the Homeland Security Policy Institute at The George Washington University. There, Clark supports HSPI's Counterterrorism Intelligence Survey Research (CTISR) project and conducts research regarding the development of the information sharing environments called for by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

Clark's work has been published by the National Defense University's Center for Complex Operations and the US Army War College. In December 2014, the US Army Combined Arms Center will publish an article Clark co-authored on the use of cyber technologies in support of land warfare. In 2011, Clark attended the Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy run by Columbia University.

Dr. Clark received his Ph.D. in political science from The George Washington University in 2011. He has a M.A. in political science, and a B.A. in history – both from the University of Arkansas.
Before joining the faculty of Towson University, Clark taught at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Mr. Chas Eby

Chas Eby was appointed to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) in July 2014 as the External Outreach Branch Manager where he will develop strategy and oversee programs that include disaster recovery operations, public information and outreach, and individual, community, and private- sector all-hazards preparedness initiatives.

Prior to joining MEMA, Chas was the Chief Planner for Public Health Preparedness at the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DHMH). While working in the Office of Preparedness & Response (OP&R) at DHMH, Chas led health systems recovery, medical surge, mass fatality management, communicable disease, and bioterrorism planning; created OP&R's Health Security Program; and served as State Pandemic Influenza Coordinator during the 2009-10 H1N1 pandemic.

Chas received a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. His thesis entitled The Nation that Cried Lone Wolf: A Data-driven Analysis of Individual Terrorists in the United States since 9/11 won his class's Outstanding Thesis Award. He previously graduated from Boston College with a degree in Psychology with Pre-medical concentration. Chas is a 2014 Emerging Leader in Biosecurity Initiative Fellow at the UPMC Center for Health Security and a member of the Advisory Council for MDResponds (Maryland's Medical Reserve Corps).

Mr. Arthur Friedman

Currently serves as Senior Strategist for Enterprise Engineering representing the National Security community for developing policy and strategy for Identity and Access Management. He serves on several governance bodies; including the Committee for National Security Systems, the Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management Subcommittee, and the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group.

Previous positions include a detail to the Office of the Secretary of Defense responsible for managing the Department’s Information Assurance Research and Technology initiatives, which includes providing oversight to a $124 million program. A member of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Biometrics and manages the Department’s Information Assurance venture capital initiatives. Prior assignments include Technical Director, Office of Nuclear Command and Control in the Information Assurance Directorate at NSA providing technical information assurance expertise to ensure devices, procedures, and products are provided to the President, Joint Staff, and Nuclear Combatant Commanders to effect positive control of nuclear weapons and weapon systems. Prior to this assignment he served as the NSA Liaison to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). As the liaison and senior NSA representative, reporting to the Directors of both agencies, he was responsible for building a successful NSA/DISA collaborative partnership and enabling Department of Defense’s (DOD’s) Defense-in-Depth Information Assurance strategy. Other assignments at NSA include Chief, System Engineering and Integration for Defensive Information Operations and Deputy Chief, Information System Security Engineering Services for the DOD and Intelligence Community.

Mr. Steven Hlavach

Professor Steven Hlavach is a 25-year veteran of law enforcement whose career spans three different agencies that have provided a broad level of professional experience. His command assignments have included Patrol, Investigative Service Teams, Central Records, and Support Operations. He has been the Commanding Officer of the Baltimore County Police Department’s Essex Precinct since 2011. Professor Hlavach holds a Bachelor's Degree from Rutgers University and a Master's Degree in Integrated Homeland Security Management from Towson University. Additionally, he is a 2007 graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and an alumnus of the Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership Program.

Dr. John Morgan Geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and digital image processing, emergency management and homeland security, outdoor recreation planning and management,
(410) 704-2964

Dr. John M. Morgan, III ("Jay") is a professor of Geography and Environmental Planning at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. A graduate of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (1965), Dr. Morgan received his B.A. in 1969 and his M.A. in 1973 from Towson University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1980. His primary teaching and research interests include geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and digital image processing, emergency management and homeland security, outdoor recreation planning and management, and the geography of Alaska.

While an undergraduate student at Towson University, Dr. Morgan served as a cadet in the Two Year Army ROTC program at the Johns Hopkins University and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers in 1969. After completing the Engineer Officer Basic and Topographic Engineer Officer courses at the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, he served as a Geographic Officer with the 139th Engineer Detachment (Terrain), 656th Engineer Battalion (Topographic) (Army), U.S. Army, Europe in Schwetzingen, Germany (1970-72). He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Reserve in 1975 at the rank of Captain.

Since joining the faculty at Towson in 1984, Dr. Morgan has taught a variety of courses including Introduction to Physical Geography, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, GIS Applications, Computer Mapping, Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing, Outdoor Recreation Planning and Management, and graduate seminars on GIS, remote sensing and digital image processing, and outdoor recreation planning and management topics. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Morgan founded the Center for Geographic Information Sciences (1992) and served as its director until 2005. During this period, he was the principal investigator on nearly $13 million of contracts and grants with government agencies and businesses including a $2.5 million NASA/Raytheon/Synergy contract and a $1 million U.S. Department of Homeland Security Information Technology and Evaluation Program (ITEP) grant. Dr. Morgan was also responsible for the development of the Emergency Management Mapping Application (EMMA), a Web-based GIS that now serves as the "common operating picture" for Maryland's emergency management and homeland security efforts.

Dr. Wayne Nelson

Medical Reserve Corps, Health Disaster Preparedness, Military Support to Civil Authorities, disaster volunteerism
(410) 704-4845
Dr. Charles Pak Cyber Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), PKI, Cyber Counter Terrorism, and Risk Assessment & Management.
Dr. Joseph Rudolph Comparative politics, comparative public policy, energy politics, international relations, and ethic politics and conflict
(410) 704-3303
Mr. Dennis Schrader Infrastructure risk and resilience, lightweight networks and public-private partnerships, preparedness measurement through exercises, and the evolution of the homeland security enterprise.
Dr. Phillip Terry-Smith
Dr. Joseph Trahan Governmental, association, and educational and non-profit public relations.
Dr. Ashlie Warnick Economic policy, applied microeconomics, law, politics, international relations.











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