Joel Billings

Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
Security and Emergency Services
Worldwide College of Arts & Sciences
Worldwide campus

Joel earned his doctoral and master’s degrees at Oklahoma State University in the Fire and Emergency Management Administration graduate program and his Fire Science undergraduate degree at Lake Superior State University in Michigan, where he was a volunteer firefighter and EMT-Basic. Joel is interested in building the body of knowledge in the field of emergency services to prevent loss in human health. His current research focuses on firefighter sleep habits, sleep quality, and shift schedules. He strives toward developing methods to reduce the sleep deficiency epidemic in emergency services, ultimately improving health, safety, and performance. He strongly supports bridging the gap between academia and practice by involving practitioner stakeholders in deliberation thereby influencing evidence-based decisions. Joel’s non-academic interests include spending time with his wife, Emily while enjoying the outdoor adventures of biking, hiking, and camping.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Fire & Emergency Mgmt, Oklahoma State University
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Fire & Emergency Mgmt Admin, Oklahoma State University

  • Certificate - Fire Service Training: Instructor I Certification
  • Certificate - New Mexico Tech: Prevention and Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents Awareness Level Training Course
  • Certificate - New Mexico Tech: Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings Awareness Level Training Course
  • Certificate - FEMA: Standardized Awareness Authorized Training Program, Indirect Delivery
  • Certificate - New Environment, Inc: HAZWOPER 4-Hour Basic Safety Training Program
  • Certificate - New Environment, Inc: HAZWOPER 40-Hour Worker Program
  • Certificate - FEMA: National Incident Management System, An Introduction
  • Certificate - FEMA: Emergency Support Function #4, Firefighting
  • Certificate - FEMA: ICS For Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • Certificate - FEMA: Introduction to the Incident Command System
  • Certificate - National Registry Emergency Medical Technicians: EMT Basic
  • Certificate - Fire Fighter I & II (State of Michigan)
  • Certificate - State of Michigan: Hazmat First Responder - Operations
  • Certificate - State of Michigan: Hazmat First Responder - Awareness