EKU Online: Faculty

Online Homeland Security professor Baggett

Dr. Ryan Baggett is an Assistant Professor of Homeland Security.   He holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies as well as a M.S. in criminal justice with a concentration in police administration from EKU and a B.S. in criminal justice from Murray State University.

Baggett formerly served as the director of Homeland Security Programs within the Justice and Safety Center at EKU. In this capacity, he provided oversight of two U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funded programs.

While there, he served as a program manager for various public safety and security projects from both the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. He has co-authored several book chapters, as well as the book Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection.


Dr. Michael W. Collier is an assistant professor of homeland security and coordinator of the EKU Online Homeland Security program. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Florida International University (2000), an M.S. in strategic intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College (1986), and a B.S. from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (1974).

Previously, Dr. Collier was a professor of national security and intelligence studies at American Military University. He is also a former director of research and academic programs at Florida International University's Latin American and Caribbean Center. In a 22-year U.S. Coast Guard career, he was a specialist in deepwater cutter operations and a sub-specialist in law enforcement and military intelligence. He served senior officer tours as coast guard and police attaché in the U.S. Embassy, Bogotá, Colombia; Commanding Officer, USCGC Thetis (WMEC 910); and as deputy director of intelligence, Joint Interagency Task Force East, Key West, Florida.

His books include Political Corruption in the Caribbean Basin, Constructing a Theory to Combat Corruption and Terrorism Preparedness in Florida, Improved Since 9/11, But Far From Ready.


Dr. Pamela A. Collins has worked for the EKU Department of Homeland Security as a principal and program manager since 2005. She holds a Ph.D. in educational policy studies from the University of Kentucky, an M.S. in criminal justice and loss prevention from EKU, and a B.S.in security and public safety.

Prior to joining the faculty at EKU, she worked as an industrial security specialist for General Electric, Aircraft Engine Business Group Division, a role that included government classified projects with the Department of Defense.  She was also employed as a fire and safety engineer for Industrial Risk Insurers, conducting fire and safety inspections of various types of facilities including the Dallas/Arlington International Airport and General Motors Corporation. Dr. Collins has served on the Guidelines Commission for the American Society for Industrial Security International and chaired the Security Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. She has published three texts and has authored numerous publications relating to security and loss prevention.


Dr. Kelli Frakes holds a Ph.D. in public policy and administration. She also attended the University of Kentucky where she completed doctorial work in organizational communication. She has an MPA from Walden University and is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with an M.S. in criminal justice and a B.S. police administration.

Dr. Frakes has worked in research focusing on issues pertaining to first responders funded by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Institute of Justice. Prior to academia she was in law enforcement and worked as a sergeant over a domestic violence unit. Her research interests are in intelligence-led policing, cyber-crime and terrorism.


Dr. Fred May has a 25-year career history in emergency management. He holds a B.S. in geology/zoology from Weber State University, an M.S. degree in geology/botany from The Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in geology/phycology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

May was the director and teacher for disaster studies at the University of Utah, Center for Natural and Technological Hazards from 1987 to 2002, and worked for the Utah Division of Comprehensive Emergency Management from 1985 to 2002, where he was interagency technical team coordinator and hazard mitigation officer; state floodplain manager; state earthquake preparedness program manager; and state project impact coordinator. Formerly, he taught emergency management at Brandon University, Jacksonville State University and Western Illinois University.


Professor Tara Rose is an adjunct faculty member within the EKU Department of Security, Safety and Emergency Management. She holds a B.S. in corrections and juvenile services, an M.S. in criminal justice and an M.A. in public administration. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in public administration with an emphasis in public policy.

Rose has statistical analysis experience and research skills from her experience with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission and the Justice and Safety Center at EKU. Moreover, she is the director of assessment for a research extensive university. Additional interests include research, program evaluation, policy analysis, school safety/emergency preparedness in higher education institutions, and assessment of student learning in higher education.