I have been a faculty member and program head of the MA in Disaster and Emergency Management program at Royal Roads University since 2009. Prior to that, I worked for 28 years for the Canadian Red Cross.
I am an interdisciplinary scholar. My current research examines how citizen use of social media is changing the characteristics of emergent and convergent response to disasters. This work is situated in relation to the fields of disaster management, crisis informatics, and crisis journalism. As part of this work, I use painting as a research method to visualize the findings from my study exploring citizen-generated and circulated videos of experience with disasters. I am co-editor of a forthcoming four-volume book series with Elsevier that explores adaptation and innovation in the disaster and emergency management field. I also co-chair a FEMA special interest group on the use of case study in teaching in the disaster management field. Additionally, I conduct research related to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) in the disaster and emergency management field.
Disciplinary fields of study include education (Ph.D., M.Ed.) and fine arts (BFA).