EKU Online Homeland Security Instructor Named Top Mentor in College of Justice and Safety

Dr. Ryan Baggett Homeland Security EKU Online

Dr. Ryan Baggett, associate professor in homeland security and safety, security and emergency management, has received the 2016-17 Outstanding Mentor Award from the EKU College of Justice and Safety.

Baggett is the program coordinator of the college’s online and on-campus homeland security programs. Over the past three years, Baggett has directed student learning, produced the Homeland Security Undergraduate Research Showcase, facilitated student involvement in disaster exercises, assisted students in physical security assessments and served as adviser for two student organizations, Homeland Security and Assets Protection Leaders of Tomorrow and the EKU Chapter of the Order of the Sword and Shield Honor Society.

“Quality mentoring focuses on the needs of the student, whether they are on-campus sitting in a professor’s office or miles away online behind a computer or telephone. Faculty must make a concerted effort to focus on student success outside of the classroom as much as they do inside. This support may be as simple as an encouraging word or email or more complex such as research collaboration or guidance,” said Baggett.

The Outstanding Mentor Award increases the scholarship productivity of both students and faculty by providing professional development funds for faculty members who have demonstrated consistent and significant mentorship opportunities with students over the past three years. The funds are used to further mentorship with students.

EKU’s online homeland security degree focuses on the three pillars of homeland security: disaster management, intelligence studies and security operations. The program prepares students with the critical skills needed to begin or advance a fulfilling career in homeland security.

Published on February 03, 2017