Mark Moland

Assistant Professor of History & Political Science

Office: HHH 128
Phone: (903) 233-3393
Email: MarkMoland@letu.edu


Mark Moland joined LeTourneau in Fall 2015 after a 21 year career serving the United States Coast Guard. During his Coast Guard career, he coordinated multiagency law enforcement operations on the Great Lakes and in the Midwest, served on a multi-lateral arms control delegation in Geneva, Switzerland; and led daily high level Intergovernmental communications during the Deepwater Horizon (BP) Oil Spill of 2010. After teaching at the US Coast Guard Academy, Mark realized that his true calling was to the classroom. His greatest desire is to equip students” to work for the good of the city” to which they will be carried upon graduation.

Mark’s research areas have focused on mass maritime migration, immigration policy and disaster response. Mark met his wife Shana in Geneva, Switzerland and they have been married for 11 years. Mark and Shana have three daughters, a son, and two dogs. They love books, game nights, Awana, and serving in their local church. Mark is also an avid cake decorator.



  • Master of Public Policy, Duke University
  • Certificate of Christian and Classical Studies, Knox Theological Seminary
  • Bachelor of Science in Government, US Coast Guard Academy


Courses Taught at LETU

  • Homeland Security
  • Leaders in History
  • Intro to Criminal Justice
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • Justice and Human Rights
  • Criminology


Previous Experience

2012 - 2015 Division Chief for Policies & Competencies
U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boat Forces
2011 - 2012 Deputy Sector Commander
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi
May-Aug 2010 Government Affairs Officer, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response
National Incident Command
2008 - 2011 Chief, Response Operations
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi
2004 - 2008 Assistant Dean of Academics; Executive Assistant
U.S. Coast Guard Academy



  • Panelist, One Book/One Region 2007: Across a Hundred Mountains, Immigration Panel Discussion, Groton Public Library, CT, July 27, 2007
  • Panelist, U.S. Politics of Immigration: A Roundtable Discussion, Connecticut College, April 14, 2008
  • Master of Ceremonies, Preparing for the Next Cuban Migration, U.S. Coast Guard Academy April 28, 2008
  • Panelist, Navigation Committee: Response to 2011 Mississippi River Flooding” Ouachita River Valley Association Conference, El Dorado, AR, 23 August 2011.
  • Keynote, US Response to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Navy League Memphis, December 2011.


Professional Associations

  • Colson Center Centurion