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Chaminade Welcomes Homeland Security Specialist Ed Teixeira to Faculty as Professor in Residence and Lead for Homeland Security Leadership Development Track

Chaminade University has appointed Ed Teixeira, former vice director of Hawaii Civil Defense and former civil defense planner of the Hawaii State Department of Defense, to its faculty. Teixeira returns to Chaminade as Professor in Residence and lead of the Homeland Security Leadership Development track, a nationally recognized program and the only series of its kind in Hawaii. His expertise of more than four decades in homeland security and disaster preparedness will add more first-hand experience to Chaminade’s criminal justice graduate program.

“In light of Mr. Ed Teixeira’s significant contributions to Hawaii over the past years and the high regard he has earned among those who work in Disaster Preparedness and Homeland Security, Chaminade was pleased to offer him the position,” said Dr. Larry Osborne, Chaminade University Provost. “And of course, we were even more delighted when he accepted.”

Teixeira specialized in homeland security and disaster preparedness, managed the Civil Defense Division and prepared island wide disaster and emergency response plans. His work resulted in an increased number of public emergency shelters for Hawaii residents and visitors, over $14 million in state funds to expand the outdoor siren warning system, and the development of crucial emergency plans.

In partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School, Chaminade’s Homeland Security Leadership Development track for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (MSCJA) offers courses such as Strategic Planning and Budgeting for Homeland Security and The Psychology of Fear Management and Terrorism – some of the many courses at Chaminade that will receive the many benefits of the integrated hands-on experience Teixeira brings. Teixeira’s role as Professor in Residence at Chaminade University begins immediately as he prepares to teach courses in Chaminade’s MSCJA: homeland security track.

“Not only will students learn the skills they need to prepare them for careers in homeland security, but they will learn it from veterans,” said Teixeira. “I hope to bring in local and national homeland security experts, whom I have personally worked with, to add to the unique, hands-on curriculum focusing on current policies, trends and practices.”

The MSCJA program prepares students and professionals for advanced careers in areas of security, border protection, technology, counter-terrorism and disaster preparedness. These programs equip students and professionals with essential skills in the homeland security strategy development and planning that Teixeira said, “are indispensably relevant to the ongoing national, regional and local security efforts in this time of uncertainty.”

For more information visit the Chaminade Graduate website at or call (808) 735-4711.

Chaminade offers a rich educational experience for its Graduate students, professionally, intellectually, and spiritually. An advanced degree from Chaminade is an investment in your future and can be completed in as little as two years. Guided by its Catholic, Marianist and liberal arts educational traditions, Chaminade encourages the development of moral character, personal competencies, and a commitment to build a just and peaceful society. Visit to learn more.

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 9681, which is its main campus. It also has nine satellite locations around Oahu. Chaminade University is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and looks forward to increased opportunities to promote environmental sustainability. For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at or call (808) 735-4711.

1 Comment

  1. Lee Felton

    Fun fact.

    Then MAJ Tiexeira was my very first battery commander when I entered the Army in 1980. Last evening, for a graduate school leadership assignment, I referred to, in a positive manner, MAJ Teixeira’s leadership style. And I gotta say, in these pictures, he doesn’t look a whole lot different than he did then.

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