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James D. Ramsay, Ph.D., MA, CSP
Position: Vice President, Council for Academic Affairs and Research 


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James D. Ramsay, Ph.D., M.A., CSP, 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 (UNH). Prior to UNH, he created one of the first undergraduate programs in homeland security at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he also founded the department of Security Studies and International Affairs. He has over 20 years’ experience in occupational safety, public health, emergency management and environmental health.

Jim was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors to the director of NIOSH, where he served for 4 years. He now serves on the CDC/NIOSH Institutional Review Board as well as its Disaster Research Institutional Review Board. Jim is the inaugural Vice President of ASSP's Council of Academic Affairs and Research and has chaired the ASSP Education Standards Committee for the past 12 years. He currently serves on the Education Standards Committee for the International Society for Preparedness, Resilience and Security of which he is a co-founder and president.

Jim has advised several university programs and was a director for 6 years on the ABET Inc. Board of Directors. He also is on the editorial review boards for Homeland Security Affairs Journal and the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He co-founded and serves on the editorial and advisory boards for both the International Journal for Security, Preparedness and Resilience Education and the Journal of Human Security and Resilience.

Platform Statement

I believe that research and education standards are twin cornerstones to all professions, and consequently have been engaged in the development of the Council on Academic Affairs and Research (COAAR) for over 15 years. I’ve worked to advance the profession by creating and running academic degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. Engaging academia in ASSP led me to help form the Academic Practice Specialty and the annual Academics Forum

I served on the Education Standards Committee (ESC) for four years and chaired it for 12. On the ESC, I helped design education standards for OSH and worked with AIHA to design joint criteria for environmental, health and safety programs. I also served as an ABET evaluator and commissioner, and served on the ABET board for six years. To help advance the profession through research, I served on the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors for four years and as a CDC grant reviewer and panel chair. I served on the editorial board for Professional Safety and then created the Journal of Safety, Health and Environmental Research (JSHER), and was editor-in-chief the first 6 years. I have published numerous articles in Professional Safety and JSHER as well as chapters in various ASSP texts. I have also had the pleasure of serving ASSP on numerous committees such as the “Framing the Profession” task force, revising the ANSI z.590 standard.

In May 2018, I was asked by the ASSP president to lead the development of COAAR as its first vice president. Since then, we have structured the council, filled out the Research, Education Standards, and Student Engagement committees, developed a set of operating guidelines, missions and scope statements for all three committees and have held our first meeting in August. In the coming year, I am keen to work with you, and to engage and involve you in the work of the council.


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