Richard A. Ihde, Ph.D.
Dean Hall, Room 107
Phone: 479- 498-6016
Dr. Ihde joined the department as an adjunct in 2002 and became a full time faculty member in 2004. He has over 21 years experience as an emergency planner as a member of the Nuclear Planning and Response Program with the Arkansas Department of Health. The program was established by the Arkansas legislature following the Three Mile Island incident in 1979 to assist local governments around Arkansas One to plan for and, if necessary, respond to a radiological incident. His duties with the program included maintaining and updating state and county radiological emergency response plans; local, federal, and state liaison; training programs for local responders, developing emergency plans for schools and industries; participating in drills; and developing public information plans and procedures.
During his tenure with the Nuclear Planning and Response Program, he also acted as their public information officer. He created numerous public information products which were used to inform the public of emergency plan content in the counties around Arkansas Nuclear One. This included bulk distribution of program material as well as informational programs for community service organizations, schools and businesses. Dr. Ihde has developed and taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses. His educational products have been offered in both traditional classroom and distance education venues. These course offerings focused on various aspects of emergency management including terrorism, leadership and crisis communications. He also developed the Action Research Practicum option for the department's graduate program in Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Dr. Ihde has served on numerous ATU committees including Faculty Senate, Graduate Council, ATU Human Subjects Committee and the ACERNE Faculty Research Grant Steering Committee. In 2009 and 2010 he served as co-chair of the Statewide Preparedness Conference held in Little Rock. For the past five years he has served as the department liaison with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security located at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California.
Before joining the department he spent five years in broadcast news, including several years as News Director for KARV radio in Russellville.