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About Dr. John R. Fisher

Dr. John R. Fisher is an associate professor in Emergency Services at Utah Valley University and director of the UVU Institute of Emergency Services and Homeland Security. Before coming to UVU, he taught management and communications at Northwest Missouri State University, Boise State, 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, community emergency preparedness, and applied learning among adult learners.


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

Curriculum Vitae


  • 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 (4)

Leadership in the Emergency Services (4)

Media Studies and Communications Theory (4)

Media, Disasters, and Public Policy (7)

Pedagogy: Applied Learning in Online Studies (9)