Phil Schertzing, PhD

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Phil Schertzing, PhD

Outreach Specialist

MSU School of Criminal Justice


Phil Schertzing has served at Michigan State University since July 2002 as an academic specialist/instructor in the School of Criminal Justice. He had previously retired from the Michigan State Police with the rank of inspector, serving as assistant deputy state director of emergency management and homeland security for the state of Michigan. He is also recognized as the "unofficial" departmental historian for the Michigan State Police. He currently instructs both online and on-campus courses in Homeland Security, Criminal Justice, and Food Protection & Defense, and has administered a variety of homeland security planning and training grant programs. Appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder as a member of the Michigan Citizen-Community Emergency Response Coordinating Council (MCCERCC) in 2013, Phil also serves as chair of the Regional Advisory Council for FEMA Region V in Chicago; as a member of the board of directors of the Great Lakes Hazard Coalition; as a consumer representative on the Tri-County Emergency Medical Control Authority Board; and as an editorial board member for the Journal of Emergency Management. He represents the MSU School of Criminal Justice as faculty liaison with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA; the University and Agency Partnership Initiative administered by the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA; and the Emergency Management Higher Education Project administered by the FEMA Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD. His academic achievements include a B.A. degree and Master of Management degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI, and a Ph.D. in American History from Michigan State University. Phil is also a graduate of the 191st session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.


VM 810 Introduction to Food Safety

VM 821 Food Protection & Defense