Contact Information
Office Location: 428B6 Minard Hall
Cell Phone: 701-219-4293
Office Phone: 701-231-5595
Email Address: ja.jensen@ndsu.edu

Current Courses

  • EMGT 410: Comprehensive Emergency Management Planning
  • EMGT 445: Understanding Vulnerable Populations in Disaster
  • EMGT 463/663: Voluntary Agency Services in Disaster
  • EMGT 720: Emergency Management Theory
  • EMGT 761: Preparedness Theory and Practice
  • EMGT 762: Mitigation Theory and Practice
  • EMGT 861: Preparedness Theory and Practice II
  • EMGT 862: Mitigation Theory and Practice II
  • EMGT 863: Response Theory and Practice II
  • EMGT 864: Recovery Theory and Practice II

Research Interests

  • Development of emergency management theory
  • Emergency Management higher education including program learning objectives, curriculum development, course design, and assessment at all degree levels
  • The development of emergency management practice
  • How society addresses vulnerability and hazards within organizations and positions (e.g., emergency manager, resilience officer, sustainability officer, recovery coordinator)
  • Incident management systems (e.g., Incident Command System, National Incident Management System)

Get to Know: Jessica's Contributions to the Academic Discipline

2020-2021, Coordinator, Emergency Management Higher Education Network: Degree Program Leadership Conference

Conference Agenda

Pre-conference Survey Results

Final Conference Report

2015 Accreditation Standards

2017-Present, Founder and Coordinator, Emergency Management Higher Education Network

2017, Invited Subject Matter Expert, Exploring Emergency Management Disciplinary Boundaries Focus Group, Federal Emergency Management, Higher Education Program

2013-2016, Founder and Organizer, Emergency Management Theory and Research Workshop

2016, Invited Subject Matter Expert, Emergency Management Student Internship and Jobs Focus Group, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Program

2016, Invited Facilitator and Subject Matter Expert for Consensus Building with Emergency Management Doctoral Degree Holders: The Emergency Management Discipline, Status and Needs, 2nd Iteration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Program

2016, Invited Subject Matter Expert for Emergency Management Education and Training Synergy Working Group, 2nd Iteration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Program

2015, Invited Facilitator and Subject Matter Expert for Consensus Building with Emergency Management Doctoral Degree Holders: The Emergency Management Discipline, Status and Needs, 1st Iteration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Program

2014, Invited Subject Matter Expert for Accreditation Working Group and Report Author, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Program

2014, Invited Subject Matter Expert for Emergency Management Education and Training Synergy Working Group, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Program

2014, Survey Research and Report Author, Report of the Feedback on the Emerging, Draft Accreditation Process and General Standards, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Program

2014, Survey Research and Report Author,  Results from a Survey Gauging Emergency Management Higher Education Community Consensus on Key Points related to Research Standards for the Discipline of Emergency Management, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Program

2014, Survey Research and Report Author,  Snap Shot of the Results from a Survey Gauging Emergency Management Higher Education Community Consensus on Key Points related to Emergency Management’s Disciplinary Identity, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Program

2014, Invited Subject Matter Expert, Training and Education Synergy Working Group, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Program

2013, Invited Facilitator and Report Author FEMA Higher Education Program Focus Group Implementing Research Standards in Emergency Management, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Program

2013, Original Drafter of Standards and Editor, Draft Research Standards for the Academic Discipline of Emergency Management, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Program

2013, Invited Subject Matter Expert, FEMA Higher Education Program Focus Group Part II: Accreditation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Program

2013, Invited Facilitator and Report Author, FEMA Higher Education Program Focus Group Part II: Disciplinary Purview, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Program

2013,  Survey Research and Report Author, Survey on Support for Accreditation Across Emergency Management Degree Offering Institutions, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Program

2012, Invited Facilitator and Report Author, Purview and Core Research Questions for the Academic Discipline of Emergency Management Focus Group, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Program

2012, Invited Facilitator and Report Author, Research Standards in Emergency Management Focus Group, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Program

2012, Invited Subject Matter Expert, Accreditation for Emergency Management Higher Education Programs Focus Group, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Program

2012, Invited Subject Matter Expert and Report Author, Purview and Core Research Questions for the Academic Discipline of Emergency Management Focus Group, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Program

2012, Invited Subject Matter Expert and Report Author, Research Standards in Emergency Management Focus Group, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Program

2011, “An argument in favor of a disciplinary approach to emergency management in higher education”. In J. Hubbard (ed.), Challenges of emergency management in higher education: Planning and strategies. Fairfax, VA: Public Entity Risk Institute

2010, “Emergency management theory: Unrecognized, underused, and underdeveloped”. In J. Hubbard (ed.), Integrating emergency management studies into higher education: Ideas, programs, and strategies (pp. 7-24). Fairfax, VA: Public Entity Risk Institute

Get to Know: Jessica's Take on What EMGT is and Samples of What Scholars Can Contribute

Is Emergency Management What It Says It Is?

There’s a BIG difference between what emergency management is “supposed to be” and what it is. Last week, Jessica Jensen spoke about how her research has found this gap, the implications, and what needs to change on the EM Student Podcast. A short 35 minutes will leave you charged up! Listen at: sitchradio.com/shows/em-student/

(Mis)understanding Individual and Household Preparedness

Jensen addresses the fact that the way preparedness is marketed to individuals and households is, at best, half right. Response and recovery research suggest that several other factors are far more important in understanding what happens to people after disasters. Here what a more holistic conceptualization of preparedness would like. Give it a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJiNCL0qqLk&t=79s

Jurisdictional Preparedness: Outcomes and Measures

Back in 2011, Jensen helped the International Association of Emergency Managers develop a white paper suggesting a principed approach to measuring return on investment for the Emegency Management Performance Grant Program. She suggested that preparedness is comprised of acheiving a series of outcomes and that the things we do and buy with federal grant dollars do have meaning against those outcomes. Give it a read! 

What's Emergency Management anyway? Who is in and Who is Out.

What exactly is emergency management? Jensen argues that emergency management has three distinct, but related, identities and introduces terminology to help us all understand these identities, and, more importantly, explain them to others so that they can understand. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcQ6Zv-dyJYsgq-CsoUe-MfcMbdR1LZmY

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