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School of Public Service Leadership Department of Public Safety

Thomas Poulin


  • Graduate Cert Public Safety - Homeland Security
  • MS in Homeland Security


  • Doctor of Philosophy
    Old Dominion University, 2009
    Major: Public Administration and Urban Policy
  • Master of Science
    Troy University, 1995
    Major: Human Resources Management
  • Bachelor of Arts
    Saint Leo University Saint Leo, 1988
    Major: Psychology
  • Associate of Applied Science
    Tidewater Community College Portsmouth, 1983
    Major: Fire Science
  • Associate of Arts
    Prince George's Community College, 1978
    Major: Business Management

Licensure & Certificates

  • Executive Fire Officer
  • Fellow
  • Chief Fire Officer Designee
  • Fire Instructor III
  • Cardiac Rescue Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician B
  • Fire Inspector II
  • Fire Officer III
  • Hazardous Materials Specialist
  • Member
  • Associate Emergency Manager


  • "Assessing the policy content of emergency management degree programs." 0001
  • "Public Administration in the Post-truth Era: Workplace Management Challenges. "PA Times Online: American Society for Public Administration 2017
  • "Personal Values/Public Duties: A Historical Lesson in Balance"PA Times 2006
  • "The Evolving State of Emergency Management"PA Times 2006
  • "Mutual aid and assistance"Sage Publications 0001
  • "Managed Expectations"Fire Chief 2007
  • "Urban Fires"Sage Publications 2010
  • "Review of “Social Vulnerability to Disasters”"Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 2008
  • "Critiques, crittacks, and travelogues: Learning from experience. "Fire Engineering 2016
  • "Personal Preparedness"Sage Publications 2010
  • "EM Education Should Build Bridges Between Disciplines"IAEM Bulletin 2007
  • "Building an Effective Response: Tips for Integrating Public Health into Emergency Response"IAEM Bulletin 2005
  • "Emergency Management in the Popular Culture of Disaster" 0001
  • "Five questions for emergency management."IAEM: IAEM Bulletin 2016
  • "Swords to Plowshares: the Use of U.S. Armed Forces for Disaster Assistance"IAEM Bulletin 2005
  • "Contingent coordination"Sage Publications 0001
  • "Can You Hear Me Now?: An Evaluation of the Virginia Beach Fire Department Managerial Communications Processes"United States Fire Department Executive Fire Officer Report 2007
  • "Emergency Management Profession"Sage Publications 2010
  • "Exploring Disaster Recovery Using Social Choice Theory" 0001
  • "Post-incident Analysis: Continuously Improving Emergency Operations"PA Times 2005
  • " Reasonable and unreasonable expectations: Accountability in emergency management. PA Times [On-line]. Retrieved from" 0001
  • "Hidden Fires: An Evaluation of the National Fire Incident Reporting System" 0001
  • "Metrics that count: Supporting evidence-based approaches"PATimes Online: American Society for Public Administration 2016
  • "Mutual Aid Agreements Build Local Disaster-Response Capacity"McFarland 2005
  • "Put Your Thinking Hats On"Fire Chief 2008
  • "Improving Operations: A Process Evaluation of the Virginia Beach Fire Department Post-incident Analysis Process"United States Fire Administration Executive Fire Officer Report 2005
  • "Concurrent Jurisdiction: Regional Response and the 800-pound Gorilla in the Room"IAEM Bulletin 2006
  • "Brave New World"Fire Risk Management Journal 2009
  • "Professional Image"Fire Chief 2008
  • "Prepare Now. Ready Your Crews for a large-scale event."Fire Engineering 2009
  • "Public Agency Preparedness"Sage Publications 2010
  • "American Civil War (1861-1865)."Sage Publications 2010
  • "“A good read”. The value of organizational reading lists. "PA Times Online: American Society for Public Administration 2016
  • "Emergency management calls all to serve. PA Times [On-line]. Retrieved from" 0001
  • "Building Ownership in the Organization"Fire Chief 0001
  • "City and county emergency management agencies"Sage Publications 0001
  • "THe Other Diversity"PA Times 2008
  • "Review of "Disaster Management: Global Challenges and Local Solutions""Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 2009
  • "Great Chicago Fire of 1871"Sage Publications 2010
  • "Controlling Risk by Controlling the Odds"IAEM Bulletin 2010
  • "O Leader, Where Art Thou?"Fire Engineering 2008
  • "Mission Ready: An Evaluation of the Virginia Beach Fire Department Disaster Preparedness Program"United States Fire Administration Executive Fire Officer Report 2005
  • "Good Friday Tsunami of 1964"Sage Publications 2010
  • "Variations in Collaborative Approaches for Inter-jurisdictional Emergency Response." 0001
  • "Regional Emergency Response Teams: Case Studies in Hampton Roads, VA." 0001
  • "Emergency management in transitions: How to stay the course. PA Times [On-line]. Retrieved from" 0001
  • "Fire Departments"Sage Publications 2010
  • "The Science of Public Administration: Revisiting the 1947 Dahl-Simon Debate." 0001
  • "Lessons Learned: A Comparison of the Uniform Militia Act of 1792 and the Homeland Security Act of 2002 "CRC Press 2007
  • "Aligning emergency management education and practice. PA Times [On-line]. Retrieved from" 0001
  • "Bureaucracy"Sage Publications 0001
  • "How to train fire officers to slay wicked problems. Fire "Fire Chief 2016
  • "Hit or Miss? Program Evaluation in hte Fire Service"Fire Risk Management 0001


  • "2017 Annual Meetings"• Public administration in the post-truth era: Challenges for administrators.
    Burlington, VT. November 2017
  • "Southeastern Conference for Public Administration"• Measuring Public Safety Performance: Comparing and Contrasting the Uniform Crime Reporting System and the National Fire Incident Reporting System
    Orlando, FL. August 2008
  • "Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration Research Symposium"Haiti: A New Model of Emergency Management
    Virginia Beach, VA. February 2010
  • "2017 Annual Meetings"Professional Integrity: A Regissional Analysis of Fire Officer Moral Potency
    Atlanta, GA. March 2017
  • "Southeast Conference for Public Administration"Emergency Management in Popular Culture
    New Orleans, LA. August 2011
  • "Southeastern Conference for Public Administration"Transitioning from Emergency to Disaster: A Model for Analyzing Effective Disaster Response Organizations
    Athens, GA. August 2006
  • "Southeast Conference for Public Administration"The Familiar Stranger: Using Milgram to Understand Inadequate Networking
    Wilmington, NC. September 2010
  • "Teaching Public Administration Conference"Incorporating Civil Literacy into Public Administrative Programs
    Williamsburg, VA. April 2011
  • "Virginia Social Science Association"Neighbor Support to Homeland Security: Shifting Disaster Policy Models in the United States from 1789 to 2006
    Richmond, VA. February 2006
  • "Southeastern Conference for Public Administration"The Impact of First Responder Certification Systems on the National Response Framework
    Orlando, FL. August 2008
  • "2015 Annual meetings"Willingness to Assume Difficult Tasks: A Correlational Study of Fire Service Moral Potency
    Arlington, VA. November 2015
  • "2015 Annual meetings"A Correlational Study of Fire Officer’s Leadership Skills and United States Disaster Policy
    Arlington, VA. November 2015
  • "Public Administration Theory Network"The Science of Public Administration: Revisiting the 1947 Dahl-Simon Debate
    Omaha, NE. April 2010
  • "Virginia Social Science Association"New Lamps for Old The Reorganization of FEMA and the Gap Between Organizational and Public Expectations
    RIchmond, VA. February 2007
  • "19th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium"• Inter-Organizational Matters in Emergency Management Special Interest Group
    Emmitsburg, MD. July 2017
  • "2018 Annual Meetings"
    Birmingham, AL. December 2017
  • "2016 Annual Meetings"Regional Emergency Response Teams: Case Studies in Hampton Roads, VA (Revisited)
    Harrisburg, PA. November 2016
  • "American Society for Public Administration"Conditions Influencing Collaborative Partnerships in the Fire Service
    Washington, DC. February 2007
  • "Southeastern Conference for Public Administration"Ties that Bind: Conditions Impacting the Development of Mutual Aid Agreements
    Athens, GA. August 2006
  • "2017 Annual Meetings"• Workplace bullying in the public sector: A research agenda.
    Burlington, VT. November 2017
  • "Virginia Social Science Association"Property Rights and Disaster Preparedness: Balancing Private Development Rights with Public Goods in the Re-building of New Orleans.
    Richmond, VA. February 2006
  • "Southeast Conference for Public Administration"Incorporating Basic Government Theory into MPA Programs for Non-traditional Students
    Wilmington, NC. September 2010
  • "Virginia Advisory Council on Military Education"Educational Institutions and the War on Terror
    Williamsburg, VA. February 2007
  • "2016 Annual Meetings"The Popular Culture of Disaster: Emergency Management in Film
    Harrisburg, PA. November 2016

Department Faculty

Faculty Chair

Heather Strouse DM, MA, BA

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