Faculty Spotlight: Pamela Collins

pam collins, eku online homeland security degree

Pamela Collins is a professor in the EKU Safety Security and Emergency Management program. She has taught both on-campus and online. She's currently an online instructor for the EKU Online homeland security program.

How long have you been with EKU?

29 years

Why did you choose this field?

I began my professional career in private sector security and then migrated to homeland security after 2001. I had a desire to contribute to the safety and security of our country.

What are your areas of expertise?

Critical Infrastructure Protection, Risk and Vulnerability, Community Safety, Security Management and Crime Prevention.

What do you like most about teaching?

I enjoy exposing students to this incredible subject and inspiring them to want to make a difference in their life through their work in homeland security.

How do you engage your online students?

 I engage students through a variety of ways, including discussing current event topics and issues that homeland security professionals face daily.  Through online media such as YouTube, I expose students to different ideas and perspectives on the subject of homeland security and how we can tackle some of our nation’s most difficult issues such as how to address our aging infrastructure. 

I find that students learn best by applying what they have read and what we have discussed in class through online video lectures. The way I do that is require an applied course project that takes a real world situation and challenges students to problem solve.

Published on October 19, 2015