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About Dr. John R. Fisher

Dr. John R. Fisher is an associate professor and coordinator of Emergency Management and Disaster Assistance education at Utah Valley University. Before coming to UVU, he taught management and communications at Northwest Missouri State University, Boise State University, Athabasca University, and the University of Alberta. John began his career as a newspaper reporter/photographer, reporting the court and police beats and covering emergency services. For eight years he was a public administrator in the Alberta government, working in policy analysis, public information, and legislative affairs. He has a BA and an MA from Brigham Young University and a PhD from the University of Alberta. His principal areas of research are mass media coverage of disaster public policy, disaster preparedness and community resilience, and applied learning online for adult learners. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Kosovo at the Kosovo Academy of Public Safety in 2018-2019.


Present Associate Professor of Emergency Services, Utah Valley University
Present Director, Institute of Emergency Services and Homeland Security

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Community Emergency Preparedness
  • Disasters and Emergency Management
  • Disaster Response and the Public
  • Humanitarian Services
  • Public Services Policy and Evaluation

Contact Information

School of Public Services
3131 Mike Jense Parkway
Provo, UT 84601


Research Methodology (6)

Case Study (1)

Leadership in the Emergency Services (4)

Research Works (1)

Media Studies and Communications Theory (5)

Media, Disasters, and Public Policy (9)