James Howard Murphy

James Howard Murphy
Assistant Professor, Bachelor of Emergency Services Management Degree Program Coordinator

Bachelor of Arts, Carson-Newman University
Master of Business Administration, City University of Seattle, Healthcare Administration
Master of Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College


(864) 979-9911

What classes do you teach at Anderson

All Hazards Primer, Crisis Communications and Leadership in Crisis, Disaster Management, Emergency Management Planning and Technical Writing, Emergency Services Technology, Incident Management & Planning for Emergencies, Information and Intelligence Fusions Operations, Integrated Response to Disaster, Principles of Emergency Services Management, Public Administration in Emergency Services Management, Safety Management, Senior Seminar, Senior Seminar in Homeland Security, Senior Seminar in Whole Community Emergency Management, Social Dimensions of a Disaster, Strategic Planning: Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, Terrorism, Vulnerability & Risk Assessment

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, 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

Carson-Newman University’s 1990 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award winner and 2003-04 Outstanding Young Alumnus.

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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.

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 31 years of experience in emergency services and emergency services management, 27 years in emergency/disaster management, and 18 years in national/homeland security operations. The classes involve online 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.H. 2014. Foreword to Crisis management and emergency planning: preparing for today’s challenges, ed. M.J. Fagel. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press.

Murphy, J.H., ed. 2002, 2005, 2008. Public safety WMD response – sampling techniques and guidelines. National Center for Biomedical Research and Training, Louisiana State University.

Murphy, J.H. 2013. Collective Protection of Critical Infrastructure, High-Value Resources, Personnel, and Civilian Population from Chemical Threats and Contamination Course. Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

Murphy, J.H. 2011. Integrated Response to Suspected WMD Cargo. U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Murphy, J.H. 2006. Law Enforcement Prevention and Deterrence of Terrorist Acts. 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.

“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.’ ”