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
Before joining the faculty of Towson University, Clark taught at Virginia Commonwealth
University in Richmond.
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).
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