Illinois Fire Service Institute


Brian Brauer to Receive Award - Dissertation on Fire Department Culture Change

Brian Brauer, Associate Director for the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI), will travel to Auburn University on June 21 to accept the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award. Brauer’s doctoral dissertation presented a case study of a fire department that underwent organization culture change following a firefighter’s line-of-duty death. 


The University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education will present the award that recognizes the contributions to the knowledge base of its field.  Dr. Brauer’s dissertation was among five finalists for the award. The Council is comprised of 19 of the nation’s leading universities.


Dr. Brauer received his Ed.D. in Educational Policy and Organizational Leadership Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. For his case study, Brauer chose an Illinois Fire Department, which had experienced a line-of-duty death, to examine what cultural aspects drive decision-making. The results of his dissertation are designed to start a conversation about fire service culture.  “Change is possible. This model and others like it can help fire department go from where they are to where they want to be,” Brauer said.


“What Brian learned and the knowledge he brings to IFSI and the fire service can have a dramatic impact on how fire department leadership influences the culture of our business,” Royal Mortenson, Director for IFSI said.


Brauer in his role as Associate Director for IFSI is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations relative to facility management and providing strategic direction for all capital projects. He has been published in a number of trade publications and has made numerous presentations around the United States and in 2012, traveled to China to present to the Chinese Peoples Armed Forces Police Academy. He is the compiling author on the IAFC/DHS project National Safety Culture Change Initiative.

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