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Faculty Spotlight: Christopher Pope, Adjunct Professor, Van Loan School

Adjunct Professor at the Van Loan School at Endicott College, Christopher Pope
Adjunct Professor at the Van Loan School at Endicott College, Christopher Pope, is a leader both in-and-outside of the classroom.

Adjunct Professor at the Van Loan School at Endicott College, Christopher Pope, has been an integral part of the Homeland Security Studies program—specifically, the creation of the emergency management specialization. Given his extensive experience in the field, he is a leader both in-and-outside of the classroom, often opening up his wide network of professional connections to help his students discover career opportunities.

This semester, Pope is busy teaching Emergency Management in Homeland Security Studies (HLS 542). This course is founded on the premise that effective homeland security leaders must possess a comprehensive understanding of emergency management principles, practices, strategies, and methodologies—something that Pope has a lot of personal experience with. HLS 542 also introduces students to the dynamic field of emergency management and then works to deepen student understanding through the use of case study. Throughout the course, students learn to view emergency management and disaster from an administrative, political, social, and economic perspective. Interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, legal, political, and policy issues are examined closely as well. Once the course is complete, students will thoroughly understand how emergency managers operate before, during, and after a manmade, accidental, or naturally occurring disaster.

Pope comes from a diverse background. He is the former New Hampshire director of homeland security, and emergency management and homeland security advisor to Gov. John Lynch from 2006-2013. Prior to that role, he was an active member of the Concord, N.H. Fire Department from 1977-2006, and acted as chief from 2002-2006. He is also the former vice-chair, Northeast States Emergency Consortium, and member of the Board of Directors of the International Emergency Management Group.

During his free time, Pope volunteers for several non-profits, including the Board of Directors for the Center for Homeland Defense and Security Association where he is the treasurer, and the President’s Advisory Board for Granite State College. This past year, he was appointed to the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees.

Pope received his Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration from Granite State College and a Master of Arts in Security Studies, Homeland Security and Defense from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

To learn more about Van Loan’s Master of Science in Homeland Security Studies program, visit