Marion F. Blackwell Jr.

Marion F. Blackwell Jr.
Adjunct Professor

Doctor of Philosophy, Oklahoma State University, Fire and Emergency Management Administration
Master of Science, Grand Canyon University
Bachelor of Professional Studies, University of Memphis

(864) 231-2030

What classes do you teach at Anderson

Safety Management, Strategic Planning, Technology in Emergency Services

What year did you start teaching at AU


Why teach at AU?

The faculty and staff are extremely friendly and have a desire to help. I have a passion for higher education, particularly as a fire and emergency management practitioner. This field has been predominately neglected and typically viewed as a blue-collar, on-the-job-training profession with no immediate need for in-depth education. Being able to combine this with the practice of my faith without fear of negative consequences is liberating.


Working on automobiles, working in the yard

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Facilitated a national research project to study the effects of fire spread in modern construction and furniture arrangements.

Places you've lived

Chesnee, SC; Athol, ID; Amarillo, TX; Post Falls, ID; Stillwater, OK; Inman, SC

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

The online format is designed with the working student in mind. The assignment dates are fairly flexible to accommodate your work schedule. Additionally, as a practitioner and current doctoral student, I understand the issues associated with faith, family, work and studies. We can work together to bring success to both you and I.


Blackwell Jr., Marion F. “The Significance of the Close Door,” International Fire Professional Issue 8 (April, 2014): 15-19.

Blackwell, Marion F. Development of a Personnel Staffing Plan for BWXT Pantex Fire Department. Emmitsburg, MD: National Fire Academy, 2003.

Blackwell, Marion F. Implementation of a Scheduled Capital Equipment Purchase Program within the BWXT Pantex Fire Department. Emmitsburg, MD: National Fire Academy, 2002.

Blackwell, Marion F. Establishing an Emergency Medical Service Transport in the Timberlake Fire Protection District. Emmitsburg, MD: National Fire Academy, 2001.

Blackwell, Marion F. Proposal for Consolidation of the Athol and Bayview Fire Protection Districts. Memphis, TN: University of Memphis, 1998.

Marion is proud to have adopted and raised three children who “know and love God.”
He points out that while the fire service has been around for more than 200 years, it has seen very little academic study or research.
“With the recent availability of federal grant funds, the fire service is finally conducting research in a way that will change strategies and tactics for current and future firefighters, who will better understand the dynamics of the job and perform in a safer manner.”