College of Justice and Safety Faculty
Meet the EKU College of Justice and Safety Faculty
Faculty members in the College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University are nationally and internationally known for their teaching, research and dedication to the fire, safety and security fields. However, these professional educators do not take the ivory tower approach toward their teaching methods.
They are active in numerous professional organizations including the National Association of Fire Investigators, National Fire Protection Association, International Society of Fire Service Instructors, International Association of Arson Investigators, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the National Safety Management Society, ASIS International, the National Fire Protection Association and more.
In addition, many faculty members are active in fire departments in their local areas, while others bring years of industry experience as fire and safety experts. By staying connected to the industry, they maintain constant contact with today’s professionals who are utilizing the latest in modern fire and safety practices.
Paul English is the Program Coordinator for the online fire degree programs at EKU. He has worked for Fortune 100 companies including Nestle and Ford Motor Company in different facets of safety, security and emergency response operations.
Tom Schneid is a tenured professor in the Department of Safety, Security and Emergency Management at Eastern Kentucky University.
Mike Schumann, Ph.D., earned a B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Animal Science from Oregon State University, his J.D. with a concentration in labor and employment law from DePaul University and his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.
Michael W. Collier, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Homeland Security in the Department of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management, College of Justice and Safety.
Ron Dotson began his career in the US Marine Corps Reserve as a heavy equipment operator and Diesel Mechanic with the 4th CEB in Charleston, W.Va. In 1995 he began a successful career in law enforcement. In 2005 he accepted a position with KI USA Corporation as its Safety Coordinator.
Scotty Dunlap, D. Ed., holds a Doctorate of Education in Higher and Adult Education from the University of Memphis and an MS in Loss Prevention and Safety from Eastern Kentucky University.
Paul Grant is an assistant professor with Eastern Kentucky University in the Fire and Safety Engineering Technology department. Paul also instructs with the University of Phoenix, Colorado State University, and Red Rocks Community College in Denver, Colorado.
William D. Hicks is an assistant professor for the Department of Safety, Security & Emergency Management. Mr. Hicks has a B.S. in Fire & Safety Engineering Technology and a M.S. in Loss Prevention & Safety from Eastern Kentucky University.
Michael Shane LaCount is an adjunct professor in the Fire and Safety Engineering Technology program at Eastern Kentucky University. He is a Certified Fire, Arson and Explosive Investigation Instructor and Investigator, and former Co-Chair of the Annual EKU Rescue School.
Dr. Fred May has degrees in Geology from Weber State University, The Pennsylvania State University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has worked in emergency management for more than 25 years.
With more than 30 years in the fire service, Jim Pharr retired in 2006 after serving as a firefighter, investigator, fire chief, fire marshal and emergency management director in North Carolina counties. He is now a Professor at EKU.
Mr. Randy Shaw is a 1979 Eastern Kentucky University graduate of the Industrial Security and Safety Bachelor of Science program and has over 34 years of safety expertise.
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