School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

Academics / PhD in International Conflict Mgmt: Current Students

Current Ph.D. Students

Dave Ayers


Dave Ayers graduated The University of West Georgia (UWG) with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Criminology. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society. During his time at UWG, Dave was a supervisor in the Social Science Research Center. He was responsible for supervising undergraduates in the collection of data. After earning his degrees, Dave accepted a position as Instructor at the University of West Georgia teaching criminology. He worked in the Georgia Prison system for over a decade. During his experience in the prison system, Dave held various positions and levels of responsibility. He served as basic correctional, counselor, and officer in charge (OIC). His blend of work and academic experience allows Dave to be an informative and innovative instructor at UWG.

In the Fall of 2015 Dave was accepted into class 6 of the International Conflict Management program. He wants to apply his experiences to researching the possibility of creating a guidebook on preparation, response, and reconstruction to critical destructive events, be they natural or manmade. Offering international response actors this resource will make aide efforts more efficient and effective. Dave will be working on the development of the guidebook and its implementation.

Areas of Interest
Disaster and terrorism, preparedness in rural areas, critical event response and rebuilding, strategic infrastructure design