College of Management and Technology
Dr. Pamela Mertens is a former United States Marine Corps Combat/Crime Scene Photographer and Naval Reservist. While in military service, of almost 14 years, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida, a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida and a Doctorate degree in Conflict Analysis & Resolution with a focus in Critical Incident and Crisis Management from Nova Southeastern University. During her overseas assignments, Pamela has worked collaboratively with various local and foreign law enforcement/security agencies to ensure national and global safety. Pamela’s career path and research has afforded her the opportunity to teach for diverse populations including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), a predominantly Native American student body in Cherokee Nation and mainstream diverse students such as first responders, law enforcement and military. While at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, Pamela was a major player in the curricula development and delivery design of all online and residential course content within the Emergency Management and Planning Certificate Program required for all Oklahoma Emergency Managers. For more than a decade, Pamela has educated students, fostering diversity, both residentially and online. These opportunities, combined with her experiences as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil and Family Mediator, are infused in her teaching styles and content. Pamela specializes in the areas of Homeland Security and Emergency Management with a specific focus on gender and crime, domestic terrorism, and disaster/crisis management. Her current research focuses on radicalized women within domestic borders. Additional published research topics include corrections and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in relation to manmade or natural disasters. Dr. Mertens is currently and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University teaching within the Global Security, Security Studies and International Affairs departments. Dr. Mertens is also contributing faculty within the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) at Walden University.