Maureen Connolly, MBA, Ed.D. has been a higher education administrator for over 14 years, serving as Dean of External and Summer Programs for Wagner University. She received her doctorate in Education Foundations, Leadership and Policy from Hofstra University. Her research concentration is emergency and crisis management in higher education. For her dissertation she created a survey that evaluated how closely aligned a college/ college emergency preparedness plan is with the DOE and FEMA emergency preparedness guidelines for higher education institutions.
Ms. Connolly is focused on using her technical and research skills to move forward the agenda of minimizing risk to students, staff, and faculty by assisting institutions to prepare for, and react to, events that could compromise the safety of any person in a classroom, residence hall, office or any other campus facility as well as for any event that could jeopardize the continuation of use of any campus facility. This is accomplished with the development of an all-hazards plan, having a well-practiced team, and integrating campus emergency preparedness activities with the community external to the campus. Community safety has been the hallmark of her volunteerism as a US Coast Guard Auxiliarist and Suffolk County CERT member. Working for FEMA as a disaster assistance employee (DAE) following Hurricane Katrina proved to be a pivotal point in her life, intensifying her interest in community safety and emergency management. Her recent research Projects/articles include:
- Is Your School Really Ready for Any Crisis? has been accepted for publication by the Community College Journal of Research and Practice. This quantitative study conducted at Hofstra University was designed to measure the confidence level of the faculty and staff in Hofstra’s emergency plan.
- Student Narratives: Factors That Influenced Their Decisions to Return, or Not Return, To Their Home College/University Following Its Closure Due to Hurricane Katrina is a qualitative research project studying the student perspective of how colleges and universities handled retention following Hurricane Katrina.
- Starting and Sustaining a Campus Based Cert Team is a research paper based on a collaborative community/school partnership between Hofstra University and the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management
- Using Reflective Practice as a Change Strategy for Preparing for an Emergency Event on Campus looks at the use of reflective practice to inspire systems thinking and create a place where everyone assumes responsibility for emergency preparedness.
- Challenges in Creating and Assessing Campus Emergency Plans is a NCHERM webinar presented in April, 2009 with Dr. William Kibler, VP for Student Affairs and Professor of Counselor Education, at Mississippi State University.
- Is Your College Really Ready for a Crisis, published in The Community College Journal of Research and Practice.
- Creating a Campus Based Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), published in The Community College Journal of Research and Practice.
- FEMA IS-00100, September 29, 2005, January 5, 2010
- FEMA IS-00200, September 29, 2005
- FEMA IS-00271m January 6, 2010
- FEMA IS-00300, September 29, 2005
- FEMA IS-00362, June 2008
- FEMA IS-00700, September 29, 2005
- FEMA IS-00703, January 7, 2010
- FEMA IS-00775, January 5, 2010
- FEMA IS-00800, September 29, 2005
- FEMA Emergency Management Institute Certificate of Completion, How to Design and Teach a college Course on Catastrophe Readiness & Response Workshop, 2006
- C-CERT Train-the-Trainer Certificate of Completion, April 2008
- WMD Radiological/Nuclear Awareness Course, 2007
- American Red Cross Intro: Disaster Services, 2006
- American Red Cross Shelter Simulation, 2006
- American Red Cross CPR/AED, 2007
- Certificate, Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program, January 2010