Human Response to Disasters

John C. Pine
Day/Time Taught: 
TR 3:30 – 4:45 pm
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This seminar will foster critical thinking about the human response to disasters as well as the choices that individuals and organizations makes that turn natural disasters into man-made catastrophes.  The class will investigate natural disasters and their social/cultural, economic and environmental impacts.  It will explore how impacts that appear at first to be physical damage to our buildings and infrastructure have a significant impact on our natural environment and have great human costs.  Class discussion will link current and historical events to ethical considerations about our community and individual responsibility.

Instructor Bio: 

I serve as the Director of the Research Institute for Environment, Energy & Economics (RIEEE) and Professor, and Professor, Department of Geography and Planning, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.  I joined the Appalachian faculty in 2009 after serving thirty years at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where I directed the graduate and undergraduate Disaster Science and Management Program.  I was a Professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology and the Department of Environmental Sciences.  My interest in teaching the First Year Seminar evolves from my research associated with disasters, risk assessment and disaster recovery.  For many years I have worked with public agencies at the federal, state and local level as well as non-profit and private entities to identify strategies to enhance preparedness and community sustainability.  Many of my publications focus on hazards and disasters including Hazards Analysis: Reducing the Impact of Disasters from Taylor Francis Publishers in 2014 (second edition), Technology and Emergency Management by John Wiley (2007) and Tort Liability Today by the Public Risk Management Association (2005).  My teaching and research including my First Year Seminar (Human Response to Disasters and their Aftermath), centers on the social, economic and ecological impacts of disasters locally, regionally and internationally.  I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with graduate and undergraduate students at ASU and with those in the First Year Seminar.  My wife Jo and I love being in Boone with many friends; we take advantage of many outdoor and community activities.  I received my Doctorate in Higher Education Administration and Public Administration from the University of Georgia, Athens in 1979.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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