Dr. Carol L. Cwiak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Management at North Dakota State University (NDSU). Dr. Cwiak holds a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Emergency Management. In her capacity at NDSU, Dr. Cwiak serves as the Undergraduate Coordinator and Internship Coordinator. Dr. Cwiak is a subject matter expert on matters relating to emergency management higher education program development, emergency management identity, and emergency management professionalization and works frequently with local, state, and federal agencies on projects of importance to the emergency management community. She also works regularly with local businesses, schools, colleges, governments, and other community partners to create stronger preparedness and response infrastructure and capabilities. She shepherded both the hazard mitigation and comprehensive emergency management planning efforts at North Dakota State University under federal grant awards.