Michael Wallace, Ed.D., is a retired military intelligence officer with 20 years active service. His military assignments included Naval Special Warfare, Defense Human Intelligence, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Office of Naval Intelligence. Dr. Wallace holds qualifications as both a U.S. Navy Information Warfare Officer and U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer and additional designations in Defense Human Intelligence, Department of Defense Strategic Debriefer, and Naval Special Warfare Intelligence. He is also a graduate of numerous Department of Defense, other governmental agency and service specific courses in intelligence, counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation, and nuclear weapons. Post-military, he worked as a senior intelligence analyst in the Joint Chiefs of Staff Intelligence Directorate. Dr. Wallace has experience in counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation, special warfare and intelligence collection and analysis.
Dr. Wallace joined Tulane SoPA in August 2012 as an instructor for the Emergency & Security Studies program. Since that time, he has taught courses in Domestic & International Terrorism, as well as Intelligence Research & Analysis. In June 2014, he became director of the program. In that role he is responsible for the academic administration of undergraduate, graduate, and certification programs in Homeland Security, Security Management, and Emergency Management, recruiting, hiring and managing program faculty, develop and revise courses and curriculum, and serves as the senior academic advisor for all students and potential students.
As the Emergency & Security Studies program has expanded into Emergency and Security Management, Dr. Wallace has developed and maintained relationships with many groups related to Homeland Security and Emergency Management, including the Homeland Security Institute, Naval Post Graduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security, the University and Agency Partnership Initiative (UAPI) for Homeland Security Education, INFRAGARD Louisiana, New Orleans Police Department Academic Research Advisory Committee, International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), and Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Partnership. These partnerships create vital opportunities for Tulane students to connect with and learn about professional organizations within the Homeland Security, Emergency Management, and Security Management communities. Dr. Wallace is also a member of the International Society for Preparedness, Resilience, and Security and a member of the Advisory and Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Security, Intelligence, and Resilience Education.
In addition to his duties as director and professor of practice, Dr. Wallace is involved in veteran organizations and assisting student veterans. He is a lifetime member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars, the Military Order of Foreign Wars, Wounded Warrior Foundation, and the Disabled American Veterans and is a member of the New Orleans Mayor’s Military Advisory Council.
Dr. Wallace is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and holds a Master of Liberal Arts from Tulane University. He earned a M.M.A.S. in Military History from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, a doctorate in Education from the University of Alabama, and was awarded a certificate of completion for the General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Program, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His knowledge of and passion for history is evident in his educational endeavors. He is a qualified U.S. Army Field Historian and has written, presented and published on the history of antebellum southern military colleges.
What are your favorite activities when you are not working?
Exploring, whether it is a city, museum, or library. Enjoy learning new things.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
What is the best advice you've ever received?
Don't be afraid of failing. It's what you do after you fail that matters.