Jim White

Jim White

Public Safety Lecturer
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Office: BS 4068
Phone: 317-278-8624

Jim White joined SPEA IUPUI in 2002 as an adjunct professor and became a clinical lecturer in the public safety management program in 2006. He is a retired member of the Indiana State Police and former Deputy Director of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Jim's extensive public safety background includes over 37 years of military service with duty in Iraq in 2004 and assignments as a security planner for the 1993 World University Games, the 1994 World Cup Championships, the 1995 World Rowing Championships, the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympics and the 2003 National Governor's Conference. Prior to joining the faculty, Jim served as the Director of Emergency Management for the City of Indianapolis and Marion County.


  • M.S. Education, Butler University
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • U.S. Army War College Fellow with study at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

Professional experience and affiliations

  • Retired member, Indiana State Police — with duty as a Trooper, training officer, field supervisor and district commander
  • Deputy Director, Indiana Law Enforcement Academy
  • 37 years U.S. Army service — Commanded 38th Division Artillery and served as the Deputy Assistant Commandant, U.S. Army Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma
  • Security planner for the 1993 World University Games, the 1994 World Cup Championships, the 1995 World Rowing Championships, 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympics and 2003 National Governors Conference
  • Director, Marion County Emergency Management

Major fields of expertise

  • Public safety management
  • Emergency management and homeland security

Courses taught

  • SPEA-J 101 The American Criminal Justice System
  • SPEA-J 150 Public Safety in America
  • SPEA-J 260 Special topics — Disaster: Are You Ready? and You and the Cops
  • SPEA-J 375 Emergency Services Administration
  • SPEA-J 376 Principles of Public Safety Management
  • SPEA-J-429 Public Safety Management and Leadership
  • SPEA-J524 Crisis Management in Public Safety

Awards and recognition

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015
  • JAG Favorite Teacher Award, 2007-2015
  • IUPUI Prestigious External Award Recipient, 2012