Dr. Connie White is Visiting Asstistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at the Ledbetter College of Business at Shorter University. She holds a Master of Science Teaching Mathematics from Loyola University, New Orleans and a PhD in Computer Information Systems in the College of Computing Sciences from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her doctoral work focused on Decision Support Systems applied to Emergency Management Information Systems and Delphi Systems. She has over 20 years teaching experience at the university level. She has contributed to the curriculum development of a master’s degree in Information Systems and a doctoral degree in Emergency Management and was head of Education Development for an International Emergency Management and Certification Program. She created the first class to ever be offered and taught on Social Media for Emergency Management and has developed many classes over the years.
Dr. White has numerous publications including the books: Social Media, Crisis Communication, and Emergency Management: Leveraging Web 2.0 Technologies, Delphi Decision Support 2.0: Crisis Management Support During Extreme Events and was a contributing author to Managing Crises and Disasters with Emerging Technologies: Advancements and Supporting Real Time Decision-Making: The Role of Context in Decision Support on the Move (Annals of Information Systems Book 13). She was the editor of and a contributor to a Special Issue of the International Journal of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (IJISCRAM) and has authored over 20 papers in peer reviewed journals.
Dr. White has worked with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Communications, the Office of Interoperability and Compatibility, The Army Research Office, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM), Sahana Disaster Management Systems and The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS). She has had specialized training in Cybersecurity at both the University of California, Berkley and at Vanderbilt. She is a member of the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) and was the CEO of Information Technology for Emergency Management (ITSFEM) and created Drones for Disasters. She has presented work internationally and extensively. Her present research includes the study of communication and information sharing patterns of collaborative groups of cyberterrorists in addition to leveraging drones for emergency management use.
“I am very appreciative and feel blessed to be part of the Shorter community. My goal is to help our students understand the importance of education with respect to their lives, their community both here and abroad and to the lives of others. I am thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with my colleagues, to teach and to grow while supporting Shorter’s mission of ‘Transforming lives through Christ’.”3