Department of Business, Politics & Security Studies Chair, Coordinator of Homeland Security Program and Professor of Security Studies
James Ramsay is a professor of security studies, coordinator of the Homeland Security program, and the founding Chair of the Department of Business, Politics and Security Studies at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to UNH, he created one of the first undergraduate programs in homeland security at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, where he also founded the department of Security Studies and International Affairs. He has over 20 years’ experience in public health, emergency management, occupational safety, environmental health and security studies.
Dr. Ramsay was appointed by the US Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors to the Director of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in the CDC, where he served for 4 years. Ramsay now serves on the CDC/NIOSH Institutional Review Board as well as their Disaster Research IRB. Dr. Ramsay also served 6 years on the Board of Directors for ABET, Inc., and currently serves on the Education Standards Committees for both the International Society for Preparedness, Resilience and Security (INSPRS) of which he is a co-founder and President, and the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), where he has chaired the committee since 2006.
Dr. Ramsay currently serves on the editorial review boards for Homeland Security Affairs Journal, the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He also co-founded and serves on the editorial and advisory boards for the Journal of Homeland Security Education and the Journal of Human Security and Resilience.
Dr. Ramsay has served as a subject matter expert and grant reviewer on a wide range of health, safety, emergency management, and environmental health issues. His current area of research interests includes climate security, law enforcement education and the relationship between environmental and human security and national security strategic planning. Books include “Introduction to Homeland Security” and “Critical Issues in Homeland Security: A Casebook”. A third text, “Foundations of Environmental Security: Integrating Resilience into National Security” is expected to be published in 2018.
2016 Culberston Award for Excellence in Service, American Society of Safety Engineers, June 2016
2011 President’s Award by the American Society of Safety Engineers, given for distinctive contributions and service to the profession, June 2011
2008 W. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator in the Nation, awarded by American Society of Safety Engineers, June 2008
Outstanding Service Award by the American Society of Safety Engineers, Council on Practices & Standards, Summer 2005
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point winner, University Service Award, April 2005
Safety Professional of the Year,American Society of Safety Engineers, Council on Practices & Standards, Summer 2004
Safety Professional of the Year, American Society of Safety Engineers, Academics Practice Specialty, Summer 2003
Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2002 Inductee)
Fellow, Association of Worksite Health Promotion (AWHP – merged with ACSM, 9/2001
Member, Phi Eta Sigma, National Faculty Honor Society (1999 Inductee)
Executive Committee of National Safety Council’s Health Care Section, named Outstanding Section of the Year Award, by National Safety Council, 10/1998
Member, Phi Kappa Phi, National Faculty Honor Society (1997 Inductee)
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