McEntire, David Alan
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David A. McEntire


Dr. McEntire is the Dean of the College of Health and Public Service at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. He is responsible for the oversight of numerous undergraduate and graduate courses/programs in the areas of dental hygiene, nursing, public and community health and respiratory therapy. He also works with other important programs including aviation (professional pilot and aviation management), criminal justice, forensic science/investigation, emergency services, homeland security, national security and public service.

Prior to his arrival at UVU, Dr. McEntire was a professor in the Emergency Administration and Planning Program (EADP) at the University of North Texas. During his tenure at UNT, he served as the Coordinator for the undergraduate and PhD programs, as the Associate Dean in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, and as the Director of Summer Session for the university.

Dr. McEntire’s academic interests include emergency management theory, international disasters, community preparedness, response coordination, and vulnerability reduction. He has received several grants—funded by the Natural Hazards Center, the National Science Foundation, and other sources—that allowed him to conduct research in Peru, the Dominican Republic, Texas, New York, California, and Haiti.

Dr. McEntire is the author or editor of several books including Disaster Response and Recovery (Wiley), Introduction to Homeland Security (Wiley), Disciplines, Disasters and Emergency Management (Charles C. Thomas), and Comparative Emergency Management (FEMA). He has published more than 100 articles and his research has appeared in Public Administration Review, the Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Disasters, the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, Journal of Emergency Management, Journal of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Sustainable Communities Review, International Journal of Emergency Management, Towson Journal of International Affairs, Journal of the American Society of Professional Emergency Planners, and the Journal of International and Public Affairs. His articles in Disaster Prevention and Management received Highly Commended and Outstanding Paper awards.

Dr. McEntire completed an instructor guide on disaster response operations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He has also published chapters in the Handbook of Disaster Research (Springer), the Handbook of Disaster Management (CRC Press), Emergency Management: Principles and Practices for Local Government (ICMA), Critical Issues in Homeland Security (Westview Press), Handbook of Emergency Response (CRC Press), Preparedness and Response for Catastrophic Events (CRC Press), and Critical Issues in Disaster Science and Management (FEMA).

Dr. McEntire received grants to conduct terrorism-response training for FEMA in Arkansas and Oklahoma. He was a contributing author for a study of Texas Homeland Security Preparedness for the Century Foundation as well as three IQ reports for the International City/County Management Association. McEntire has presented papers internationally (in Hungary, Mexico, and Norway), at the National Science Foundation, at the National Academy of Sciences, at the Disaster Research Center, at the Natural Hazards Center, and at the Higher Education Conference at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

McEntire is a former member of Congressman Burgess’ Homeland Security Advisory Board, FEMA Region VI Advisory Board, ICMA’s Advisory Board, and the Fire Protection Publications Advisory Board. He has reviewed books for several publishers and is on the editorial staff for the Journal of Emergency Management.

Dr. McEntire attended the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. While pursuing his degree, he worked for the International and Emergency Services Departments at the American Red Cross.

In 2010, Dr. McEntire was recognized as the Dr. B. Wayne Blanchard Award Recipient for Academic Excellence in Emergency Management Higher Education. He was given the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award (provided by School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida) at the 2018 FEMA Higher Education Conference.

Contact Information:

David A. McEntire, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Aviation and Public Services

MS 114

1185 Mike Jense Parkway

Provo, UT 84601-7776

(801) 863-7810