Harry White, PhD
BS Portland State University: Administration of Justice
MPA Portland State University: Organizational Behavior
Spring 2014 Office Hours:
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I began my law enforcement career as a deputy sheriff in Clark County, WA. Throughout my law enforcement career I performed the full range of law enforcement duties as a patrol officer, detective, polygraph examiner and senior manager. While working full time I constantly pursued higher education and received an A.A.S., B.S. in Administration of Justice and M.Ed in criminal justice education.
Upon completion of my M.Ed. degree I returned to active duty in the Army where I continued my professional development as a criminal investigator. I have held every rank in the Army from Private to Chief Warrant Officer. Upon retirement I spent three years as an instructor and chair of the criminal justice program at my alma mater, Clark College in Vancouver, WA.
I hold an MPA and Ph.D from Portland State University. Upon completion of those studies I accepted a position with The University of Texas at Brownsville. I specialized in law enforcement and criminal investigations. I developed and presented training to area police officers and supervisors under the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). I achieved the rank of Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. My next position ultimately resulted in becoming Department Chair, Criminal Justice Department, Eastern Washington University. Before arriving at WOU in 2007, I spent two years as a visiting professor at Anyang and Guangzhou Universities in China. All of these positions were very rewarding and increased my interest in the international aspects of education and criminal justice.
It has been reported that less than two percent of teachers are ever selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among Americas Teachers. I have been so honored and exceptionally proud as being selected for inclusion four times in five award years of 1996, 1998, and 2000, and 2004. This honor is based on student recommendations, which makes it even more prestigious.
Throughout my professional and academic career I have witnessed incredible changes both in the criminal justice system and the manner in which information transfer takes place. All of the tasks in my courses are specifically focused on relating theory to the real world of criminal justice.
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