OCU Professor and Students at IAEM Conference

Professor Thad Hicks Presents at International Emergency Management Conference

Ohio Christian University (OCU) Emergency Management Program Director, Dr. Thad Hicks presented Creating Effective Teams in the Non-Profit Context at the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Conference in Grand Rapids Michigan in October. 

Team-building is a vital but dirty piece of the emergency and disaster fields.  A group’s ability to form an efficient and effective team correlates directly with its success. When an organization does not have the resources available to properly support a team, they often depend on untrained—often spontaneous—volunteers. Non-profit organizations rely heavily on volunteers to carry out different areas of its work, including Emergency Disaster Services, but are these groups effective in accomplishing their missions?  Hicks’ presentation examined the research surrounding formation of such teams and the attributes that successful teams possess. 

Several OCU Emergency Management students accompanied Dr. Hicks, including Don Gossell, Bryan Hosea, Jonathan Scibiur, and Logan Fickiesen. Fickiesen notes that “It’s opportunities like this one that enables me to gain a solid handle on what I want to do in this field.” 

The Emergency Management Program is designed to train students to build, sustain, and improve their capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made hazards. Graduates of the Emergency and Disaster Management program are well-equipped to serve humanity in all stages of managing disasters and emergencies.

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