Speakers

Dr. Robert O. Schneider is professor of public administration at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. His research includes published work in hazard mitigation, the ethical dimensions of emergency management, and emergency management policy. He has also worked on several (local and national) curriculum development projects in emergency management.

Dr. Schneider has researched and written on leading policy issues where science and politics intersect; his recent efforts have extended to emergency management (practice and policy), with a focus on sustainability and hazard resilience. In addition to numerous peer-reviewed articles, he has written and published three books: Emergency Management and Sustainability: Defining a Profession, Managing the Climate Crisis: Assessing our Risks, Options, and Prospects, and When Science and Politics Collide: The Public Interest at Risk.

Dr. Robert Schneider served as Acting Associate Vice Chancellor for International Programs at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). He has previously served as Department Chair and Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at UNCP.

Dr. Stephen M Marson is currently a Professor Emeritus from the Sociology & Criminal Justice Department, University of North Carolina at Pembroke. His research area includes Ethics, Gerontology, Sociological Theory and Suicide. He is the author of Elder Suicide: Durkheim's Vision and The Routledge Handbook on Social Work Ethics and Values. He is the editor and founder of The Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics. In recent years, Dr. Marson has been deeply involved in Robeson County Recovery System for both Hurricane Matthew (in 2016) and Hurricane Florence (2018).  Currently, he is a consultant for disaster recovery research.