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Explore articles about topics relevant to the Center for Public Service and public service programs of study. Many of the articles are written by Kaplan University faculty. Read what they have to say about a variety of topics.
By Mary K. Lannon, PhD, Criminal Justice/Homeland Security Faculty
Do you have a calling to serve and protect but you also like the field of communications? Perhaps you don’t have to choose. In this article faculty member Mary Lannon, who works as a police communications supervisor, shares her insights about what the role. These highly trained professionals work with citizens as well as a team of responders, including police, fire, and medical personnel.
By Dr. Kim Miller, Kaplan University Department of Criminal Justice
Dr. Kim Miller has worked as a certified fraud examiner, subject-matter expert, and licensed private detective in New Jersey. In this article she writes about her experience investigating fraud and money laundering threats and cases and the work that fraud examiners and investigators perform.
By Jen Gehring, Legal Studies Faculty
Faculty member Jen Gehring shares her perspective on the engaging field of public policy. While many may think that if you want to work in a legal profession, you are limited to opportunities in law offices, that’s not necessarily the case at all. Jen works in public policy and shares what public policy specialist do in this rewarding and dynamic career.
By Dr. Kelly Boone, Kaplan University Faculty
Dr. Kelly Boone, Kaplan University faculty member and an experience detective in a SVU, speaks of his journey from law enforcement to the SVU and clarifies some potential misconceptions about working in this unit.
By Tricia Chandler, PhD, LPC, MAC
Tricia Chandler takes a look at misconceptions about the addiction counseling profession, and explores the many rewarding aspects of this career.
By Jen Gehring, Kaplan University Faculty
Interested in Industrial/organizational psychology? Adjunct faculty member Christine Beck shares her experiences and some advice in human resources recruitment.
By Kerri Milyko, PhD, BCBA-D
While many ABA professionals provide services to individuals with autism, there are many other areas that fly under the radar. Faculty member Kerri Milyko takes a look.
Bustamante, Kaplan University Human Services Faculty
Life coaches help clients meet their goals and achieve dreams. Get an in-depth look at a this rewarding profession. Human services faculty member Yvonne Bustamante shares some advice about what it takes to become a life coach.
By Robyn A. Kapperman, Kaplan University College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Faculty member Robyn Kapperman discusses how she used her skills and experience as a law enforcement officer to transition into a civilian role with the Coast Guard.
By Melanie Beath, Kaplan University Faculty
Human services can be a personally satisfying career choice, and many may choose to pursue to work with nonprofits. Faculty member Melanie Beath offers her thoughts.
By Aaron Bingamon, CFM
Think you know what emergency managers do every day? Faculty member Aaron Bingamon clears up some common misperceptions and offers his thoughts on the field.
By Sriya Krishnamoorthy, School of Health Sciences
Learn more about population health and how its associated careers seek to shape better health outcomes.
Brian Craig, Legal Studies Faculty
Brian Craig discusses autism insurance reform laws in five states. He provides examples of how the reform laws vary from state to state and touches on the rise in legal and policy questions that arise due to the increase rate of autism and the increase in autism awareness.
By Monique Chiacchia, JD, MSCJ
Faculty member Monique Chiacchia, JD, MSCJ discusses how courts are dealing with instances of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as it relates to criminal intent but approaches vary, as there is no uniform or legislative pronouncement on how this disorder relates to mens rea. The article discusses ASD generally and reviews approaches to and concerns with processing ASD defendants.
By Nelly A. Dixon, EdD, BCBA
ABA is highly recognized as an effective methodology for teaching individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Nelly Dixon takes a look at how professionals in the field of ABA promote changes in behavior and skill acquisition.
Success as an individual within the Homeland Security field will come from several factors, they are your requisite knowledge, skills and ability in your current or desired career path.
Here are a few important strategies that can help you stand out from the crowd as you strive to work and advance within the criminal justice profession.
There are many variables that determine how well an organization or company operates. Effective communication and conflict resolution, process evaluation, professional competence and effective management are examples of the components necessary for businesses to succeed.
A lateral move was looked at as a career stall or a dead end. However, in the current employment environment, organizations are continually becoming more flat in structure and there are less and less top positions available.
The field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is one that has had tremendous growth in recent years due to the demand for effective, empirically-verified therapeutic approaches that can be used to address a variety of maladaptive behaviors.
While the field of Homeland Security can be rewarding getting in will take some research and patients on your part.
Deciding to attend graduate school is a major life event. After the choice has been made, the question becomes, "Which degree should I pursue?"
As with getting hired, it’s important to do your homework to learn what the requirements are within your department and make sure your professional developments opportunities focus on being able to perform better in your current role.
In order for a career to bloom, specific conditions must be in place. A great education can help you prepare for career growth, just as fertile soil is necessary for a plant to thrive. Kelly Riesenmy, PhD, assistant department chair for the graduate psychology programs shares some advice on how a bachelor's degree ins psychology could provide enough root to start a career and how a master's degree could help nurture their psychology career.
Instructional technologists are the problem solvers in many of today's progressive classrooms and training environments.
Do you like working in an office setting, punching numbers into complicated excel spreadsheets or are you the type of person who prefers to be outdoors and on your feet?
I am asked sometimes, "What does it take to get into the field?" I usually reply, “Do you have a minute, I need a little time to lay this out.” In this article I am going to talk about how to step up into the field of professional addictions counseling.
What child didn’t grow up wanting to be a firefighter at some point in time? Even as adults, how many wish they had actually pursued that option as a career but never did?
What jobs come to mind when you think of public service professions? Police officers, firefighters, and community service advocates are likely responses. These are all admirable public service careers, but there’s so much more than that. There are many facets within the public service field that help keep our communities and cities thriving.
People often enter the field of human services because they want to help others. In child and family agency work, the tasks are endless, but so are the rewards!
Walter Reuther, the American labor union leader, once said, “There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.”
Like many of you who are entering and/or working in the human service field, I chose this field because I wanted to make a difference. Most of us drawn to this career path typically have a strong passion and desire to engage in meaningful work and to help others.
Those interested in working in any of the behavioral health fields should carefully plan their own career path, including research of license/certification options, education, training, volunteer/part-time work, and full-time work.
As individuals embark upon their environmental career paths, they may overlook the fact that their interests are likely to change over time. Just starting out, people tend to be very excited simply to be working in their field. For the first year or two on a job, every activity is new as they learn new skills and gain greater and far more specific knowledge about their specialty.
Advancing in an environmental career can take many forms. If you are contemplating the next logical steps as you progress in the environmental field, you might first determine what you consider what “moving up" means for your particular situation.
A career in higher education is more than a job; it is a life filled with passion and professional satisfaction. Here are 5 actions oriented strategies that can help prepare you for a successful entrance into a career in higher education.
With each course that you have completed, you have become more confident in your skills and excited about your graduation and entry into the workforce. As you begin to think about your career journey in the human services field, take a minute to learn what jobs you can get with a human services degree.
Do you dream of becoming a teacher? Kaplan University faculty member, Dr. Darlene Estes, tells her inspiring story of how she fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming an early childhood development teacher.
Are you have a degree or pursuing in legal studies? Kaplan University faculty member Joanna Bauer, gives sage advice on what you need to do to land your dream legal studies job.
Are you the type of person who craves adventure, challenge, and excitement? If so, you may be a perfect candidate for a rewarding career with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the job outlook for positions in public health and health education will continue to grow at a faster than average rate across the United States through 2020.
Most teachers cite a desire to work with children as their reason for choosing teaching as a career. Would you enjoy being a teacher? If you think the answer may be “yes,” here are some questions to ask yourself.
March 23, 2015, marked the fifth anniversary of United States President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law, providing Americans with better access to health insurance than ever before. Since that date, more than 16 million people have become insured under the ACA, according to an update published by the White House, and as a result, the health care profession has been greatly impacted.
March 2015 marks 5 years since the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as “Obamacare,” was signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama. Since its inception, a number of changes have already taken place across the U.S. health system.
By Cindy Poore-Pariseau, PhD, School of Education
Cindy Poore-Pariseau, PhD discusses the American Disabilities Act (ADA) amendment acts and how they were created to correct the injustices created by misunderstandings of the original ADA. The amendments allow institutions to view disability claims made by individuals in more broad terms by not requiring certain documentation proving disability. The amendments will help postsecondary students and others access education and help them get the resources and help they need..
By Maggie Broderick, PhD, School of Education
The twenty-first century brings many new issues and challenges for teachers in public schools. We are faced with new paradigms for educating our youth for the roles they will have in our ever-evolving society.
For some business people, a career in education may seem enticing, offering a completely different environment from the business world they know so well and providing many of the intangible perks described above.
Artists and art lovers often enjoy igniting that passion in others and may find that becoming an art teacher is an ideal career choice.
By Elizabeth Donnellan, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Faculty
Faculty member Elizabeth Donnellan looks at female leaders who discovered their passion for helping others despite suffering personal tragedy.
I am a full-time faculty member in the School of Education at Kaplan University and have been an educator for over 15 years. During this time, I have taught in variety of settings, from elementary classrooms to university Teacher Education programs.
By Sue Zientara, PhD, Faculty Member, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
MS in Higher Education faculty member Dr. Zientara discusses ways to create a welcoming online learning atmosphere to fill the needs of all learning preferences and diverse abilities of students.
By Annemarie Kelly, Legal Studies Faculty Member
The aging of millions of baby boomers—those born shortly after World War II— is contributing to increased demands on America’s health system.
By Monique Chiacchia, JD, Full-Time Faculty, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Domestic violence has been a reality in civilized society since a time prior to the Bible, but it has only been within the last thirty years that public recognition of its effects has infiltrated the media, such as through movies like “The Burning Bed,” and the law, such as through legislation making domestic violence a crime.
By Cloud Miller, PhD, JD and David A. White, PhD, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
It is suggested by the authors that Kaplan University's School of Social and Behavioral Sciences can become involved in public service to the community by participating in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). The Initiative currently has over 1,000 students engaged in developing solutions to major world problems.
By Terry Campbell, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Read Academic chair Terry Campbell's faculty article on employment opportunities within the field of criminal justice.
Professor and Georgia state representative Karla Drenner shares six tips for women who want to enter public service.
By Denise Douglas-Faraci, EdD, Adjunct Faculty
Snow days, emergency drills, assemblies, and celebrations are only a few distractors on the menu of on-the-ground class instructional time-grabbers.
By Lorena Lashway, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Faculty member Lorena Lashway writes about the importance of linking human services with other professional fields, including those within the legal system, to help people more effectively in times of need.
By Jane McElligott, JD, MSCJ, Professor, Legal Studies Faculty Member
Professor Jane McElligott, JD, MSCJ discusses advances in equality for women in sports and some of the impacts of Title IX Education Amendments of 1972.
By Christina Migliara, Department Chair, Psychology
When you ask someone what made them go into a career they are passionate about, they usually can pinpoint a defining moment at which they knew this was the career for them. I didn’t know my moment was my moment until recently.
By Holli Vah Seliskar, Assistant Academic Chair, Criminal Justice
In working with at-risk youth through the United Way and the Mandel Foundation, I experienced several moments that affirmed and contributed to the person I am today.
By Cyndi Palma, Adjunct Faculty, Kaplan University, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Rosie’s law was created to give judges the discretion to decide if a facility dog could accompany certain witnesses to the witness stand while they testify. Adjunct faculty member Cyndi Palma describes how the law came to be in New York and how Rosie, a service dog, helped a child testify during an abuse case.
By Masica Jordan, Adjunct Faculty College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Life has a way of challenging you to
grow. The roles, career paths, friends, family, and community services that we
become involved in help to shape us and make us grow.
Patti Pelletier, Educational Studies Academic Chair, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Many individuals associate the term “early literacy” with skills developed for reading before a child can actually read. Literacy, however, is not just about reading but also writing.
By Marie Wallace, Kaplan University Adjunct Faculty, School of Education
I believe that something magical happens
when a child picks up a book and begins to turn the pages and look at illustrations.
I know that the digital format can be engaging and interactive, but there is a
special relationship that develops between children and the books that they can
By Ludmila Battista, Faculty, Kaplan University College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Three-year-old Nico searches anxiously for his well-worn copy of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura
Joffe Numeroff, pulling it off the stuffed bookshelf and settling down on the
carpet, snuggling with his “Beanie Boo” as he has hundreds of times before.
By Analeah Green, Adjunct Faculty, Kaplan University, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
I’ve always considered myself to be a “dog person.” From
calendars, mugs, t-shirts and other knick knacks, a canine was featured. From
an early age, I remember having a dog and as an adult continue to own dogs as
By David E. Bridges, Adjunct Faculty Member for Kaplan University, Public Safety Programs
Working within the
field of fire analysis and investigation requires reliance on scientific
principles, sound methodology, logic, passion, training, and one’s available
tools. As a Special Agent / K-9 Handler, I frequently deployed differing
implements in my mission to seek the truth in fire and explosion incidents.
Michelle Lynne March, Human Services Adjunct Instructor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
The field of human services is generally defined with the goal of meeting the needs of individuals and helping improve the overall quality of life. Therefore,
professionals, as well as service comfort dogs, are trained at various levels
to implement specialized techniques with aspiration to minimize problems.
By Amanda Fox, Adjunct faculty,
Kaplan University, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
What is a service dog?
Adjunct faculty Amanda Fox reviews the different types of service dogs and the
benefits service dogs provide to our communities.
By Joshua Shanley, Adjunct Faculty, Kaplan University's Public Safety Program
Scully loved to work and she loved to
play. To her, they were one and the same. I adopted her when she was 8 months
old after she "failed" to make it as a competitive show dog. Her gait
gave her a bounce that was unacceptable in the ring but just demonstrated the
joy she felt as she strutted about proudly and carefree while we worked hard
toward our goals.
By Jonathan Dorriety, Adjunct
Faculty, Kaplan University'sPublic Safety Program
It is common knowledge that dogs have a nose for crime, literally.
Their keen olfactory senses far exceed that of humans to the degree that no two
scientists can agree on how sensitive they really are. Nonetheless, police
service dogs have proven to be a great asset to the law
enforcement community in the United States since the mid-1950s.
By Terry Campbell, Faculty for
Kaplan University's Public Safety Program
departments utilize dog programs consisting of search dogs. Search dogs may be
used to track escaped inmates; assist law enforcement to search for someone; assist
agencies in searching for missing persons; perform a security role; perform
drug searches; and assist the public.
By Misti Kill, PhD, Kaplan University, School of Health Sciences
School of Health Sciences adjunct faculty Misti Kill discusses disaster preparedness and how education plays a critical role in public health and emergency management of our communities.
By Joseph T. Moore, PhD, Kaplan University, School of
Health Sciences, Adjunct Faculty
Hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes
are deadly and venomous weather-related incidents. Understanding how to
adequately prepare for these types of incidents is critical.
By Tiffany Stallings, Adjunct Faculty, Kaplan University School of Health Sciences
Tiffany Stallings discusses methods of collecting public health data and how to contribute to advancements in the field of public health.
By Dr. Jean Benzel-Lindley, Adjunct Faculty, Kaplan University School of Nursing
Dr. Jean Benzel-Lindley discusses the role of a public health nurse and their promotion of general public health though educational programs and disease prevention initiatives.
Lynnae Lockett, Kaplan University School of Nursing
Adjunct faculty Lynnae Lockett discusses the increased demand for school nurses and the qualifications needed to become a nurse caring for our countries children in local schools across the nation.
By Jennifer Jewell, Human Services Adjunct Instructor, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Human Service Department instructor Jennifer Jewell reviews the epidemic of teen dating violence and how parents can help protect their children from being a victim.
By Lauren Young, LCSW Kaplan University Instructor, Human Services Department
Adjunct instructor Lauren Young discusses the rise in elder abuse and the role of the caregiver in protecting the elderly.
By David Thomason, PhD, Public Administration
Department, Social and Behavioral Sciences
David Thomason, Kaplan University Public Administration instructor discusses how addressing the causes of elder abuse is a critical component to aging health policy.
By Patricia Chandler, Psychology Department, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Adjunct faculty Tricia Chandler discusses the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse and hope for effective treatment
By Dr. Reba Glidewell, Instructor, Kaplan University School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences instructor Dr. Reba Glidewell discusses her experiences in treating veterans with PTSD and the growing number of veterans being incarcerated.
By Dr. Alyssa Gilston, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Instructor, Kaplan University
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences instructor Dr. Alyssa Gilston discusses how to gain a better understanding of clients with PTSD and how to develop an effective treatment plan.
I have been in the fire and emergency medical services (EMS) for over 20 years. In that time, I have seen an amazing amount of change in both the industry and in the nation.
Criminals are having a
field day in many communities. One of the reasons is that both large and small
police departments across the United States are having a difficult time filling
their open positions for police officers.
April was National Child Abuse Prevention Month. All over the country, people wore blue ribbons to raise awareness of the impact child maltreatment has on our society. In 1982, Congress enacted the first National Child Abuse Prevention week in June.
The prevalence of autism is increasing, though it is still unclear whether the increase is due to greater numbers of children being affected by the disorder or better methods of detecting it.
By Sarah O'Leary, MS in Ed, Adjunct Faculty, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Sarah O’Leary, adjunct faculty for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, examines how much the perception of autism has changed and how educators can embrace this change.
By Judith Carroll, EdD, Adjunct Faculty for Kaplan University's Public Safety Program
Adjunct faculty member Judith Caroll, EdD discusses
the benefits of online education to children or individuals with Asperger
Syndrome and offers tips to teachers with students who have Asperger Syndrome.
By Lori Becker, Social and Behavioral Sciences
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences faculty Lori Becker examines how to better understand and recognize the signs and symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder in children.
By Elizabeth G. Donnellan, MEd, ABD, Faculty Member, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Learn about finding the key into an autistic child’s
world during therapy from Elizabeth G. Donnellan and her experience
helping a young boy with autism
communicate with the world.
By Dr. Lisa Wright, Kaplan University Faculty
Dr. Lisa Wright is a
professor in Kaplan University’s Department of Educational Studies. She
currently leads three classes in early childhood development, which cover the
overall field as well as preparation for a career and early childhood
development observation and assessment.
As a speech-language pathologist (SLP) working with young children with autism, I use a variety of therapy tools, activities, and strategies to address my students’ language weaknesses.
By Tara Romanowski, MS in ED, CCC-SLP, Adjunct Faculty
faculty Tara Romanowski explores the benefits for autistic children when
utilizing visual supports in the classroom environment.
An important part of African American History Month is celebrating the contributions of African American women in improving human conditions.
By Marie Wallace
I am an only child. Although I am an adult now, I am still an only child. All adults who are only children use the same words to describe themselves. The experience of being an only child is one that stays with you forever; it defines who I am much more than anything else in my life.
When we consider meeting diverse learners and diverse learning needs, we should consider multi-media technology tools to deliver and receive differentiated instruction (Gardner, 1993; Kingsley, 2007; Moreno, 2010; Tomlinson, 2001).
By Marie Wallace
The call came in the afternoon. I was asked to leave the high school where I worked as a counselor to go to the middle school. The caller from the district office was not very specific, but explained that there was a group of young girls who were causing problems.
By Stacie Haen-Darden
Read about online learning tools and how they can help increase retention rates and reduce the graduation gap in African American students.
By Elizabeth G. Donnellan, MEd, ABD
A human service hotline initiative, called the 2-1-1 National Initiative, established federal funds administered by the United Way and the Alliance for Information and Referral Specialists (AIRS) for the development of social service hotlines.
By Trinette Hylton, Adjunct Instructor of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
The U.S. Census defines a family as "a group of two persons or more (one of whom is a householder) related by birth, marriage or adoption and residing together" (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1998c). Over the past 5 years, however, we have seen major shifts in this ideal as family has become a term stretched to include a myriad of diversities.
Our society has become very concerned with the idea of wellness. A simple search on the Internet yields a plethora of websites dedicated to improving our wellness (including one for our pets!).
by Jeryl Matlock, PhD, Kaplan University Adjunct Faculty
Child development theory has shown that it is quite natural for young children to get upset and cry when their parents leave them with others.
Culture is that which shapes us; it shapes our identity and influences our behavior. Culture is our “way of being,” more specifically, it refers to the shared language, beliefs, values, norms, behaviors, and material objects that are passed down from one generation to the next.
Ongoing efforts to create awareness about diversity have been made but many inequities continue to exist. Here are some strategies that can be used as a model to further increase diversity awareness.
By Verlinda Ruble, Faculty, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
What thoughts come to your mind when you think about the grandparent’s role in the lives of the children that you serve? Learn more about the grandparents raising their grandchildren and how we can support them.
By Dr. Howard Chusid, Adjunct Faculty of Kaplan University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
The global financial crisis is having a very local affect—it is driving many hardworking individuals into a deep financial depression as they are forced to deal with the consequences of suddenly not having enough money to live.
By Karen Watson, MS
Read more about anger management and Kaplan University faculty Karen Watson’s anger management career experience and tips.
By Darlene A. Levy, LISW CP, ACSW, MPA
In early November the awareness of the poor and needy moves from the back of most minds to a central focus during what is commonly referred to as the Season of Giving.
By Nancy Bonnevier, Adjunct Faculty
It's that time of year again; the stores are full of decorations and mountains of toys. Ringing bells adorn corners, lights are flashing in windows and everyone is happy…or are they? Do you have unrealistic expectations of the holiday season and do you become frustrated when they don’t come to fruition?
By Dr. Liz Clark, Faculty Member, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Within the domain of child and family wellness it is important to consider the influences of stress on young children. Recognizing the symptoms of stress and teaching appropriate coping strategies can be protective factors to decrease childhood stress which can contribute to anxiety and depression.
By Lisa Wright, PT, PhD
Recognizing issues that can trigger feelings of depression and suicidal thoughts is a big part of preventing suicide. It is important for people to understand the risk factors and signs of a possible suicide threat, and to seek professional help when needed.
By Peg Christopher, PhD and Karen Watson, MS
Each year, millions of dollars are spent to enhance the public health and safety of infants, children, and adolescents in the United States. These prevention efforts play a critically important role in improving the health and well-being of children, adolescents, and young adults, but don’t go far enough.
by Patricia Grace
has shown that approximately 15 percent of the population
at school or in the workplace is openly involved with bullying. It is the youth
of today who will be the source of success to put a stop to the behavior.
In a world that continues to become more connected and where geographic barriers are being erased with the Internet, the importance of tolerance is an important issue. To generate public awareness and emphasize the dangers of intolerance and to promote tolerance and education, the International Day for Tolerance is observed on November 16.
By Nicole Hamilton, MS
Suicide prevention has become both a national and worldwide focus (International Association for Suicide Prevention [IASP], 2011; World Health Organization [WHO], 2011). Over 3,000 people end their lives each day worldwide, with an additional 300 individuals who make unsuccessful suicide attempts.
By Yasmeen Aleem
Volunteering involves a commitment of one’s time, energy, and/or resources to benefit others, with no expectation of reward or compensation. Millions of Americans volunteer in many different ways, dedicating anywhere from a few hours per month to several hours per week to assisting others.
By Nancy Moretti, MS
Bullying is not a new behavior—as long as there have been schoolyards, streets, malls, and playgrounds both in and out of schools, there has been bullying. But now, in our cyber-age society, bullying has taken a much more pervasive role.
By Jennie Bedsworth, MSW, Kaplan University Adjunct Faculty
Family trauma can come in a variety of forms. A natural disaster, loss of a loved one to war, and domestic violence are just a few examples—and the effects of each are different.
Dr. Edward Cumella, a full-time faculty member in the graduate psychology department, attended the annual Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) convention and Dr. Che Baysinger, a full-time faculty member in the communications department, chaired a panel at the International Communication Association’s (ICA’s) 62nd annual conference.
Recognition is not the reason volunteers choose to help—volunteers help because they care. At Kaplan University, we have a foundational belief in serving our communities and encouraging and facilitating others to do the same.
On September 10, 2001, my wife and I started moving into our new home. Two months late getting the house completed, we had grown impatient and were glad to finally be moving in.
In this article, Barbara Russo, department chair of fire science programs expresses the need for higher education in the field of fire science and emergency management.
On September 11, 2001, I was the coordinator of a Florida police academy with 80 cadets who were all hired by various law enforcement agencies. They were preparing to begin new and exciting careers. Shortly before 9:00 am, I learned that one of the towers at the World Trade Center had been hit. That’s when we stopped academy instruction. We turned on the classroom TVs minutes before a plane crashed into the second tower.
By Dina Krois and Tomicka Seabrooks, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Faculty
As evident in the environmental and energy policies of today and of the past decades, policymakers and public administrators have had to consider new factors - including political feasibility, needs and impact assessment and sustainability - in the creation of policy.
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