Linda Kiltz




Phone: (406) 407-0360 (Mountain Time)

Dr. Linda Kiltz is a Program Coordinator for the homeland security program in the College of Business and Security Management. where she teaches and designs courses in emergency management and homeland security. Dr. Kiltz has over 15 years of experience designing, developing, evaluating, and teaching online courses in higher education. She has expertise in a variety of learning management systems and e-learning technologies, instructional design and adult learning, and program assessment and accreditation.  She has designed and developed over 50 courses that meet quality matter standards and is a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer. Her research interests are focused on the impacts of climate change on critical infrastructure, particularly food and water systems. Dr. Kiltz also conducts research on the Scholarship of Teaching in the fields of emergency management and homeland security. 

Dr. Linda Kiltz is the former the Academic Program Director for the Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Policy, Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Leadership and Master of Science in Emergency Management in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Walden University.  She was also a professor in the MPA program at Texas A & M University in Corpus Christi. Dr. Kiltz has over two decades of leadership experience working in both the nonprofit and government sector developing and implementing innovative programs and policies to address community problems including crime and violence, poverty and hunger, and emergency preparedness among vulnerable populations. Besides working in higher education, Dr. Kiltz has served as an officer in the U.S. Army, a sheriff’s deputy and training manager in local law enforcement, and as a community educator for nonprofit organizations dedicated to preventing family violence and child abuse.

In her spare time, she operates an organic farming operation with her husband near Kalispell, Montana where they raise grass fed beef, eggs from free range chickens and 40 varieties of organic apples. 

Learn more about Linda in this welcome video that she shares with her classes.



  • Ph.D., 2008, Public Administration & Policy, Portland State University

  • M.S., 2003, Education, Portland State University

  • Basic Certificate, 2000, Master of Public Administration, Portland State University

  • B.A., 1986, Political Science, University of Wisconsin  


Selected Publications

Kiltz, L. (December 2019). Food scarcity and conflict. In J. Ramsey (Ed.), Environmental Security: Concepts, Challenges and Case Studies. American Meteorological Society.

Yob, I.M., Danver, S., Kristensen, S., Schulz, W., Simmons, K., Brashen, H., Sidler, R., Kiltz, L., Gatlin, L., Wesson, S., & Penland, D.  (November, 2015). Curriculum alignment with a mission of social change in higher education. Innovative Higher Education. Volume 41, number 3.

Ramsay, J., & Kiltz, L. (Eds.). (2014). Critical Issues in Homeland Security: A Casebook. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. Awarded $750.00 Research Dissemination Grant from Walden University.

Kiltz, L. (2014). The 1993 World Trade Center bombing: A success or failure for the FBI?.  In J. Ramsay and L. Kiltz (Eds.), Critical Issues in Homeland Security: A Casebook. (pp.76-95). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Kiltz, L. (2014). Terrorist or ecosaboteur: The case of Briana Water. In J. Ramsay and L. Kiltz (Eds.), Critical Issues in Homeland Security: A Casebook. (pp. 96-117). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Kiltz, L. (2014). Catastrophic pandemic: Cases in ethical decision-making. In J. Ramsay and L. Kiltz (Eds.), Critical Issues in Homeland Security: A Casebook. (pp. 211-231). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Kiltz, L., Fonseca, D., Rodriguez, C., & Munoz, P. (2013). Assessment of pandemic preparedness in a socially vulnerable south Texas community. Journal of Health and Human Services Administration. 36(2): 164-207.

Kiltz, L. (September, 2012). The benefits and challenges of integrating emergency management and homeland security into a new program. Journal of Homeland Security Education, 1(2), 6-28.

Kiltz, L., & Ramsay, J (August, 2012). Perceptual frameworks in homeland security. Journal of Homeland Security Affairs, Vol. 8, Article 16.

Kiltz, L. (2011). The challenges of developing a homeland security discipline to meet future threats to the homeland. Journal of Homeland Security and  Emergency Management: Vol. 8, Issue 2, Article 1.

Kiltz, L., & Smith, R. (2011). Experimenting with GIS in doing damage assessments: A trial run at disaster city. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management: Vol. 8, Issue.1, Article 22.

Kiltz, L. (2009).  Developing critical thinking skills in homeland security and emergency management courses. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency  Management, Vol. 6, Issue 1, Article 36.

Kiltz, L. (2009). The civic mission of HS education: A response to McCreight. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency  Management, Vol. 6, Issue 1. Article 57.