Dr. Matthew Collins

Director of the Disaster and Emergency Management and Fire Science Programs


Dr. Matthew Lloyd Collins is a pracademic. Pracademics have one foot in the world of the practitioner and one foot in the world of higher education academia. As a practitioner, Collins served as a municipal E-911 director, deputy county manager, county emergency manager, and county administrator. Collins earned his Ph.D. in Public Administration at Virginia Tech in 2003. As an academic, Collins has two decades of online teaching pedagogical experience. Collins is also an experienced program manager having worked in both the public and private sectors of the e-learning industry. Today, Collins is focused upon writing academic peer-reviewed emergency management journal article publications as well as book chapters contributing to the literature in the field of emergency management.