Nancy Grant

Adjunct Professor
Nancy Grant

Profile

Dr. Nancy Grant is Professor Emeritus of Public Administration and Urban Studies at the University of Akron, with a specialization in Emergency Management, Organization Theory and Practice and Business Continuity and Strategic Planning.  Having taught at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral level, she has successfully worked with a variety of teaching and learning styles.  Dr. Nancy Grant was a founding director of The Center for

Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy Research at The University of Akron.  In 1998 she worked with the State of Ohio to establish its terrorism preparedness and training benchmark and following 9/11, in 2002 directed the Governor’s Terrorism Task Force assessment of training and equipment.

Dr. Grant is the co-author of two books and over 20 articles related to Emergency Management.  She has conducted post-disaster on-scene research, including the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville Pennsylvania on 9/11/2001, The Medina Steam Engine Explosion in Ohio in 2002, the Xenia and Van Wert tornadoes in Ohio, and the Fort Worth, Texas Tornado and several floods, among others.  These research endeavors led to identifying the reasons some businesses were able to thrive during and after disasters while an estimated 80% went out of business and others barely managed to survive.

Using this knowledge, Dr. Grant conducts hazard assessments and business continuity planning, specializing in assisting small businesses, nonprofits and faith-based organizations to Survive and Then Thrive during and after disasters through the integration of Business Continuity Plans with daily operations.

Education

  • Ph.D. Administration with an emphasis in Urban Administration, School of Urban and Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Arlington, 1982.
  • M.A. Political Science The University of Texas at Arlington, 1977.
  • Major Fields:  Public Administration, Comparative Political Systems.
  • B.A. History  University of Dallas, Irving, Texas, 1973.

Interests

  • Business Continuity Planning
  • Incident Response
  • Organizational Theory and Practice
  • Organization Planning and Strategic Leadership Dog Obedience Training Tai Chi

Courses

  • CPRM 860 Incident Response and Investigation
  • CPRM 890 Organizations, Change Management, and Leadership

Publications

Books and Book Chapters

  • Grant, Nancy K., Hoover, David H., Scarisbrick-Hauser, Annemarie, and Muffett-Willett, Stacey.  “Terrorism in Shanksville.”  In Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center, Public Risk Institute, and Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems.  Beyond September 11th:  An Account of Post-Disaster Research.  (Boulder, Co: Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center.  2003. pp 83-108.
  • Becket, Julia and Grant, Nancy K.  “Professors’ Roles in Internships and Field Experiences.”  In D.S. Knowlton and D. Sharp, eds.  Problem Based Learning for the Information Age. Chapter 9. 2003. pp 90-103.
  • Grant, Nancy K.  "Emergency Management Training and Education for Public Administrators." Chapter in Sylves, Richard T. and Waugh, William L., Jr.

  • Disaster Management in the U.S. and Canada.  Springfield, IL: Charles C.Thomas Publishers.  1996.

  • Grant, Nancy K. and Hoover, David H. Fire Service Administration.  Quincy,MA:  National Fire Protection Association.  1994.

  • Fire, Frank L., Grant, Nancy K. and Hoover, David H.  SARA Title III:  Intent and Implementation of Hazardous Materials Regulations.  New York: Van Nostrand - Reinhold, 1989.

  • Refereed Journals and Refereed Proceedings Cross, J. Grant, N., “Teaching MPA Internships Built on Reflection in Practice” Journal Of Public Affairs Education. 2006, VOL 12; PART 1, pages 19-32.

  • Becket, Julia and Grant, Nancy K.  “Professors’ Roles in Internships and Field Experiences.”  In D.S. Knowlton and D. Sharp, eds.  Problem Based Learning for the Information Age. Chapter 9. 2003. pp 90-103.

  • Grant Nancy K. & Hoover David H. The Importance of Cleanup Kits: A Case Study on the Multiple Impacts of Decisions in Disaster Response and Recovery. in Public Performance & Management Review, September 2003, vol. 27, iss. 1, pp. 98-100(3) Sage Publications.

  • Grant, Nancy K., and Cross, Jeanne A. “Reflection In Practice As A Learning Technique For Internships In A Masters Of Public Administration Program”, In Proceedings of the 2003 Hawaii International Conference on Education. January 2003.

  • Grant Nancy K., David H. Hoover, Annemarie Scarisbrick-Hauser, and Stacy L. Muffet.  Terrorism in Shanksville: a Study in Preparedness and Response QR157. 2002. 7/30/2002  Online publication: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.colorado.edu_hazards_qr_qr.html&d=DwIDaQ&c=c6MrceVCY5m5A_KAUkrdoA&r=cfPiimnHfYx50jsnQ_avWqqgrX-h_Nvbcd1FfRUDJAs&m=wskmSNuY1otE0UMWUu_b8mKW2AzaAgUnm-cpuC9v568&s=nGOlh5HSREQo1g6yq0syGnkXvnMnmGlv50OsQM8jzkw&e=

  • Grant, Nancy K.  A Response to David K. Hart.  The Problems of Reconciling Public Service and Civic Humanism.  International Journal of Public Administration.  1997.  Volume 20, Numbers 4 & 5, pp. 981-988.

  • Grant, Nancy K.  "Achieving Effective Use of Technology in Fire Departments." Journal of Applied Fire Science. 1994-95. Volume 4, Number 2, pp 95-103.

  • Grant, Nancy K.  "Public Awareness and Information."  Management of Chemical Disasters  Taiwan, Taipei: National Poison Center, VGH. November 1991, Vol II, pp 29-48.

  • Grant, Nancy K., and Hoover, David H.  "Education in HazMat Training" Management of Chemical Disasters.  Taipei, Taiwan:  National Poison Center, VGH.  November 1991, Vol III, pp 46-64.

  • Grant, Nancy K. and Hoover, David H.  "Interagency and Intergovernmental Cooperation Requirements for Small Communities Under SARA Title III."  New Directions in Public Administration Research.  October 1990.  pp 65-71.

  • Grant, Nancy K., Garrison, Carole G, and McCormick, Kenneth.  "Perceived Utilization, Job Satisfaction and Advancement of Police Women."  Public Personnel Management. Vol. 19.  No. 2.  June 1990.

  • Hoover, David H., and Grant, Nancy K. "Statistics in Fire Service Administration" Fire Engineering.  Vol. 143, No. 3.  March 1990.  pp 93-97.

  • Grant, Nancy K.  "Response to David K. Hart" in Public Administration Review. Vol. 49 No. 2. March/April 1989.

  • Grant, Nancy K.  "Reducing the Risk of Fire Loss in Cultural Institutions", in the Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Cultural Economics and Planning, Ottawa, Canada. April 1989.

  • Garrison, Carole, G, Grant, Nancy K., and McCormick, Kenneth.  "The Utilization of Police Women" in Criminal Justice 89/90:  Annual Editions. 13th ed.  John J. Sullivan & Joseph L. Victor, eds.  (Guilford, CT: The Dushkin Publishing Group) 1989.  79-83.

  • Patterson, Richard M., Jr.  and  Grant, Nancy K.  "Community Mapping: Rationale and Considerations for Implementation."  Journal of Police Science and Administration. June 1988.  pp 136-143.

  • Grant, Nancy K.  "Impacts of Growth on the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex: Policy Implications," Occasional Papers of the School of Urban and Regional Studies, University of New Orleans, 4 (July 1982): 41-54.

Selected Technical Reports and Unpublished Research Reports

  • Julia Beckett, Nancy K. Grant and Annemarie Scarisbrick-Hauser, Final Report: Operational Law in Disasters, National Hazards Center, University of Colorado, October 1, 2009, Julia Beckett and Nancy K. Grant, Final Report: Identification of Federal and Ohio Hand Hygiene Regulations and Associated Training for Emergency First Responders. May 2009. 

  • Nancy K. Grant and Julia Beckett, Final Report: Defining The Standard and Practice of Hand Hygiene for the Ohio Division of the American Red Cross in Training and Exercising for Sheltering Disaster Victims. May 2009.

  • Medina Steam Engine Explosion:  What Went Right?  What Went Wrong?  Who Can You Trust?  With David H. Hoover.  Assessment of the emergency response operations to the Medina Steam Engine Explosion with recommendations for improvement.  Report prepared for Medina County and for the State of Ohio Emergency Management Agency.  2002.

  • American Foundations in Public Service  Grant Project Product.  Teacher’s Manual and Student handbook for social studies using civic responsibility and service-learning as interlinking threads.  In cooperation with Dr. Jeanne Cross, Ashland University, and Margie Smith, Stow-Monroe Falls High School, for Ohio And National Campus Compact.  2000.

  • Terrorism:  Are We Prepared?  Conference Report for The Ohio Emergency Management Agency and Region V FEMA.  With David H. Hoover and Annemarie Scarisbrick-Hauser.  1999.

Selected Research Projects

  • Grant, Nancy K. “University of Akron Hazard Identification and Vulnerability Assessment” Report submitted, reviewed and approved by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Submitted 11/1/2007.  FEMA Approval and Public release March 2008.

Technical documents with external review

  • Grant, Nancy K. ”University of Akron Mitigation Plan”  Report submitted, reviewed and approved by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Submitted 11/1/2007.  FEMA Approval and Public release March 2008. Technical document with external review.

  • State of Ohio Governor’s Report on Terrorism:  An Update 2002.  Final Report March 2003.  With David H. Hoover.  State of Ohio Security Task Force and Ohio Emergency Management Agency sponsored Regional Conferences.  NOTE: Prepared the report of interaction and discussion during the seven regional symposiums between the State of Ohio and Local policymakers and emergency responders concerning the implementation of terrorism and homeland security legislation.  The report included direct policy recommendations for the State of Ohio.  The Federal Office of Homeland Security requested a copy of the report.

Grants

  • Julia Beckett and Nancy K. Grant, Quick Response Grant a Sub-grant of a NSF Grant.  National Hazards Center, University of Colorado.  Title: Operational Law in Disasters  Award: January 2009; Activation May 5, 2009 Julia Beckett and Nancy K. Grant , GOJO Hand Hygiene.  Project Title
  • Identification of Federal and Ohio Hand Hygiene Regulations and Associated Training for Emergency First Responders. June 2008 .Nancy K. Grant and Julia Beckett, Grant GOJO Hand Hygiene.  Project Title: Defining The Standard and Practice of Hand Hygiene for the Ohio Division of the American Red Cross in Training and Exercising for Sheltering Disaster Victims. June, 2008 “Disaster Resistant Universities” – Business Continuity Planning Grant awarded by The United States  Department of Homeland Security.  $100,000.00.
  • Co-PI - David H. Hoover.  Awarded Sept. 2004. “Assessing Emergency Responder Training Needs in the State of Ohio.” Ohio Emergency Management Agency Grant.  Co-PI: David H. Hoover.  $300,000. Sub-grant awarded to Batellle. Awarded April 2004.
  • “Business Continuity”  Bureau of Justice Administration Grant to develop materials and workshops to assist businesses  - especially small businesses and non-profit organizations – to develop business continuity and resumption plans.  Co-PI – David H. Hoover.  $250,000.00.  Awarded 2003.
  • “Assessing the Impacts of Mitigation Attempts A NSF (National Science Foundation) subgrant through the Quick Response Program of the Natural Hazards Center at The University of Colorado, Boulder.  Co-PI - David H. Hoover.  – Expenses only.  Awarded Nov. 2002 “Improving Disaster Response Using Reflection-In-Practice Derived Models.”  Co-PI David H. Hoover.  National Science Foundation Infrastructure Systems Management & Hazards Response Program.  Feb. 2002. Denied.  Advised to Revise and Resubmit.  Under revision for fall 2003 resubmission.
  • “Shanksville:  A Study in Terrorism.”  A NSF (National Science Foundation) subgrant through the Quick Response Program of the Natural Hazards Center at The University of Colorado, Boulder.  Co-PI - David H. Hoover.  – Expenses only.  (We were the only team to be selected to do the investigation of the United 93 crash in Pennsylvania on 9-11-01.) Awarded 9-12-2001.
  • Campus Compact Mini-Grant for K-16 Civic Enhancement program.  Integrated social studies curriculum modules using civic responsibility and service-learning as interlinking threads.  In cooperation with Dr. Jeanne Cross, Ashland University, and Margie Smith, Stow-Monroe Falls High School.  1999. Awarded. $2,000.
  • Emergency Management Curriculum Development.  Federal Emergency Management Agency and Ohio Emergency Management Agency.  Awarded September 1995. $84,000.00.
  • Hazardous Materials Transportation Information Grants.  "How Public Officials Can Prepare for and Manage a Hazardous Materials Transportation Incident in the State of Ohio."  Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.  Co-Investigator: David H. Hoover.  Awarded September 1991.  $10,437.00.
  • Community Emergency Health Response to Toxic Disasters Planning.  Department of Health and Human Services.  Public Health Services.  Co-Investigator: David H. Hoover.  Awarded September 1989.  $7,450.
  • Public Information Competitive Challenge Grant.  Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Co-Investigator:  David H. Hoover.  Awarded September 1989.

Speakers Bureau Topics

  • Business Continuity Planning
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident Response