CHDS, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s National Preparedness Directorate, invites submissions for the 2018 Homeland Defense & Security Education Summit, hosted by the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity, University at Albany, October 11-13.

– Register Here –


University at Albany
1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222

Details on plenary and breakout session rooms, as well as on-campus parking will be provided in early October.

– Agenda –

(The agenda is subject to change; posted Sep 21.) Note that as in previous years, the Summit will consist of plenary and breakout sessions, with kickoff scheduled for 1:00pm on Thursday, 11 October. The event outline will be as follows:

11 October
1:00-5:00pm                       Plenary Session
5:00-6:30pm                       Reception

12 October
8:30am – 12:00pm           Plenary Session
1:00-5:00pm                       Concurrent Breakout Sessions

13 October
8:30am – 1:00                    Concurrent Breakout Sessions, HS/EM Education Workshops
1:00pm                                 Summit Closes


For local lodging, consider the hotel options adjacent to the university. See the following map for a selection:

The theme for the 11th Anniversary Summit is: Wicked Problems in Homeland Security: Keeping Education and Research Relevant.

This year’s Summit will emphasize education practices and research leading to identifying, understanding and providing solutions to the most complex challenges facing the Homeland Security enterprise. We also seek to reduce barriers between academics and practitioners of homeland defense and security by offering a forum to challenge the prevailing paradigms and overcome conceptual barriers. The Summit offers the Homeland Security enterprise a unique opportunity to engage in rich dialogue on the issues we approach from different perspectives.

The event will feature three essential elements: plenary sessions that introduce major thematic areas of interest; presentation tracks – both research and programmatic – along sub-themes; and, extended workshop sessions focused on maturing the academic discipline. The workshop design concept was driven by CHDS partner engagements since the 2017 Summit and reflects demand from the field. Facilitated workshop sessions include:

  • Maturing an HS Education-Specific Academic Association
  • HS and EM Accreditation Pathways
  • Challenges for both large and small/start-up programs

We invite presentation proposals that address the following sub-themes:

  • Intelligence, Information and Defending Democracy
  • Catastrophic Events: When the Maximum of Maximums Applies
  • Identifying, Applying and Managing Emerging Technologies
  • Democratizing Security: Diversity in HS, EM and Intelligence
  • Workforce Development Strategies

The 2018 Summit also will renew the Authors’ Roundtable to explore new books and significant peer-reviewed articles specific to HS education.

Presentation Proposals. For consideration, please submit a 150-250 word abstract and a CV. Proposals will be accepted until Friday, August 03. Notification of acceptance will be sent no later than Wednesday, August 08.

Please submit all proposals with a designated sub-theme preference and any questions to Steve Recca, CHDS University & Agency Partnership Initiative Director (  Additional information on the workshop sessions, as well as registration website access and lodging recommendation, will be available in mid-July.

The Tenth Annual Homeland Defense & Security Education Summit was held March 23-24, 2017.  CHDS partnered with the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s National Preparedness Directorate. George Mason University’s Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security hosted the event at their Arlington, Virginia campus.

Read more about the 10th Annual Summit.

Best Papers from the Tenth Annual Summit (2017)

Proceedings and presentations from the 9th Annual Summit (2015)