Faculty & Staff
Michael Charter, Ph. D.
Michael is a Captain with the Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) in Spokane Valley, WA where he is currently assigned as Safety and Training Officer and is a member of a Regional All-Hazards Incident Management Team, where he has served in numerous disasters, emergencies, and exercises at the state and county level.
Prior to joining the SVFD, he served for four years as a U.S. Army Ranger in the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment where he was responsible for all aspects of leading a four-man special operations element for combat military operations.
Michael has extensive experience in developing and delivering education programs in several different environments, including online instructional experience (in public administration, emergency management, homeland security and fire service administration) at several higher education institutions.
He holds a Doctorate of Public Administration (DPA), a Master’s degree in Emergency Management, a Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Homeland Security, and a Master of Public Administration degree.
He has extensive education and training in emergency management and homeland security and has completed numerous courses from National Fire Academy (NFA) and Emergency Management Institute (EMI). He is a graduate of the NFA Executive Fire Officer Program and a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).
As an adult learner in the nontraditional college setting, Michael values the online delivery mode as it provides numerous perspectives and differing experiences from an audience with needs and expectations that are different from the traditional student. He prides himself on being committed to providing a challenging and rewarding learning environment that fosters teamwork and respects individual differences and diversity.
Updated: 03/02/2023 09:12AM