James Howard Murphy

James Howard Murphy
Assistant Professor of Homeland Security & Emergency Services

BA, Carson-Newman University
MBA-Healthcare Administration, City University of Seattle
Master of Strategic Studies (MSST), Army War College
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Piedmont International University


(803) 979-9911 (Primary) or (864) 760-1470 (Alternate)

What classes do you teach at Anderson

CRJ325 Incident Management and Planning, CRJ405 Vulnerability and Risk Assessments, CRJ410 Terrorism, CRJ435 Strategic Planning: Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, ESM310 All Hazards Primer, ESM315 Principles of Emergency Services Management, ESM335 Safety Management, ESM342 Social Dimensions of Disaster, ESM360 Emergency Management Planning & Technical Writing, ESM375 Crisis Communications & Leadership in Crises, ESM410 Integrated Response to Disasters, ESM415 Disaster Management, ESM430 Governmental Budgeting and Finance, ESM442 Public Administration in Emergency Services Management, ESM451 Emergency Services Technologies, ESM490 Emergency Service Management Senior Seminar, ESM495 Emergency Services Management Internship, CRJ620 Principles of Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Management

What year did you start teaching at AU


Why teach at AU?

There is a tremendous need for missionaries in the fields of homeland security, emergency management, emergency services management, and criminal justice. I am passionate about equipping and empowering current and future leaders in those mission areas in order to facilitate professionals possessing hope, joy, peace, and love given by God to share those God-given gifts with those who desperately need hope. For in so doing, those professionals can change the world and open doors to share the Gospel in situations and places in which the Gospel message is usually absent.


Playing games (basketball, hide and seek, etc.) with my children

Notable achievements outside of discipline

Awarded Carson-Newman University’s 1990 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, and 2003-04 Outstanding Young Alumnus. Awarded the Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s Distinguished Citizen Award in 2018.

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Was privileged to serve on the first Christian mission team officially allowed into the Soviet Union in 1990 as a result of glasnost and perestroika.

Places you've lived

Macon, GA, Milledgeville, GA, Warner-Robbins, GA, Anderson, SC, Ft. Bliss, TX, Ft. Sam Houston, TX, Jefferson City, TN, Ft. Lewis, WA, Ft. Knox, KY, Louisville, KY, Johnston Island, Johnston Atoll, Pacific (APO), Bel Air, MD, Abingdon, MD, Ft. Belvoir, VA, Naples, Italy

What do you find most enjoyable about working at Anderson University?

The Christian community of professors and administrators and the ability (actually the responsibility) to share my faith in the practice of teaching and learning from my students, fellow faculty members, and the university staff. There is no one of us as smart or as gifted as all of us.

What I wish prospectives students knew about my discipline or careers in my discipline.

The disciplines and professions of Homeland Security, Emergency Services Management, and Emergency Management are maturing with opportunities for management and leadership roles proliferating across these disciplines within the public and private sectors. There are also ample opportunities to serve in disaster/emergency management on the mission field with doors of nations not typically welcoming of Christian missionaries/workers opening to those willing to serve in disaster recovery, disaster medical response, and preventive medicine. “God often opens doors to share the Gospel through the process of building relationships during disaster prevention, preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation activities within communities. And, God opens doors to share the Gospel through disaster response and recovery missions, even in nations that do not typically allow Christian ‘missionaries.’ ” – Howard Murphy

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

My students are receiving lessons learned from a “pracademic,” someone who freely shares valuable information from over 35 years of experience in emergency services and emergency services management, 28 years in emergency/disaster management, and 23 years in national/homeland security operations. The seated classes often involve facilitated discussions, tabletop exercises, and functional exercises using 1:160 scale model cityscapes and response vehicles in which students and the instructor “manage” realistic emergency and disaster scenarios. The seated classes also involve multimedia presentations of state-of-the art theories and approaches, as well as current topics. Online classes involve interaction between the colleagues/students and me, as well as lesson materials presented through multiple means, including videos, audio files, PowerPoint presentations, and textbooks and periodicals, all providing career enhancing information. Class participants (including the professor) also communicate within the class with the realization that no one of us is as smart as all of us.


Murphy, J. (2016). Complex coordinated attacks. In M. Fagel & J. Hesterman (Eds.). Soft
targets and crisis management: What emergency preparedness and security professionals need to know (pp. 435-456). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Murphy, J. (2014). Foreword. In M. Fagel (Ed.). Crisis management and emergency planning:
Preparing for today’s challenges (pp. xxv-xxvii). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Murphy, J.H. (2018). A quantitative study of key indicators of effective emergency management leadership (Doctoral dissertation). Winston-Salem, NC: John Wesley School of Leadership, Piedmont International University.
Murphy, J.H. (2013). Collective protection of critical infrastructure, high-value resources, personnel, and civilian population from chemical threats and contamination course. Ft. Belvoir, VA: Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
Murphy, J.H. (2006). Law enforcement prevention and deterrence of terrorist acts. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

More About

Howard spent nearly three decades serving within the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve. He points out the numerous opportunities to serve God through the ministry of emergency management and homeland security.

Homeland Security, Emergency Services Management, Criminal Justice, as well as students of other disciplines benefit from “practitioner-academicians” or “pracademics” in the classroom, whether in seated classes or in on-line classes. A pracademic is a beggar who has found a piece of bread and who is willing to share. My “bread” includes over 35 years in emergency services management, over 28 years in emergency management, over 33 years in the military, and over 23 years in homeland security and national security. It seems the best thing to be done with the experience, training, and education God has blessed me with over the decades is to share with students not only theories, but also best practices and lessons learned I have accumulated over the decades in service in order to assist them in their current and/or future service.