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Framing higher education and disciplinary efforts through a professionalization lens

Carol L. Cwiak, JD, PhD

Abstract


This article examines the characteristics of a profession, the role of the higher education community and emerging discipline in the emergency management professionalization process, and analysis of the FEMA Higher Education Program’s focus group efforts in support of the argument that successful professionalization efforts are necessarily dependent on emergency management higher education, an established emergency management academic discipline, and a robust body of knowledge.


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emergency management, academic discipline, higher education, professionalization

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5055/jem.2019.0398

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