Bio (Jean Slick)
Associate Professor and Program Head
Jean Slick is the Program Head and Associate Professor in the Disaster and Emergency Management graduate programs. Slick has worked in the field of disaster management for more than 20 years, and has significant experience leading disaster recovery activities in both domestic and international contexts. Much of her disaster management experience has focused on issues related to sheltering. Her doctoral research explored the use of case-based learning in post-secondary disaster and emergency management programs. Other past research includes analysis of the use of participatory video as a tool for disaster risk reduction in Central America and post-disaster shelter issues. Her current research is focused on exploring how social media and digital technologies are shaping the characteristics of emergent response to disasters. She is the co-editor of a forthcoming five-volume casebook series that focuses on adaptation and innovation in the disaster management field.
Before joining Royal Roads in 2009, Slick held a range of leadership positions with the Canadian Red Cross in her 28 years with the organization, including director of disaster management and international services for Western Canada. In 2004, she was posted to Indonesia for two years as the country representative for the Canadian Red Cross tsunami recovery program. She has also consulted and trained on refugee protection issues, and was instrumental in developing a program for the independent monitoring of conditions of immigration detainees. Her field experience includes work in Australia, the Caribbean, Central America and the former Soviet Union. More recently Slick served as an expert advisor for the B.C. Office of the Auditor General’s audit of B.C.’s catastrophic earthquake preparedness and supported the Canadian Red Cross in review of their 2016 Alberta fires response.
Slick holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, and a Master of Education in Adult Education from Dalhousie University.