Professor of Social Ecology
Ed.D. Harvard University
266 Social Ecology I
moral development, late adolescence to early adult development, social ecology of peace
Stanford University B.A. Political Science 1961
Harvard University Ed.M. Guidance 1962
Harvard University Ed.D. Counseling Psychology-Midyear 1963-64
Harvard University Post Doctoral Fellow in Psychology
-Harvard University Student Health Services -January 1964-June 1965
Professor of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine: 1978 – Continuing (Associate Professor 1973 – 1978). Research interests are focused in three areas:The Clash Between Citizen Expressions of Concern Over Environment, Health and Safety Which Come Into Sharp Conflict With the National Security Imperatives of the U.S. Government
The first research area is the clash between citizen expressions of concern by an empowered civil society over environment, health and safety which come into sharp conflict with the national security imperatives of the U.S. government. Civil society efforts at asserting control and influence over a dangerous nuclear weapons production facility, Rocky Flats, encountered a curtain of national security secrecy shrouding government action. A closely related line of inquiry is to understand the wellsprings of disastrous government decision-making when unsolved challenges of weaponizing the atom foreclosed possible solutions in succeeding years that led to the first FBI raid on a facility of the U.S. government over the commission of environmental crime, followed by a clash within and between the “separate but equal” branches of the U.S. government in addition to clashes between citizens and the government. Throughout the long history of Rocky Flats it has been the Judicial Branch of government which has been most responsive to civil society, and which has often made decisive determinations about both the past and the unfolding future. Working Title: The Saga of Rocky Flats: Strivings for National Security, Evolving Regimes of Law and Governance, Environmental Crime, U.S. Constitutional Government, and the Quest for Environmental Justice.Character and Community Development in the Transition from Late Adolescence to Early AdulthoodThis is a continuing study of moral development and the impact on it of a first-year of college intervention and change over the first year and over four years of collegiate study. Increased years of formal education are associated with higher levels of more principled thinking in decision-making on moral challenges. There is a growing body of evidence that college students will be more effective in utilizing what they learn in college if they have developed psychological and personal skills in addition to those provided by traditional academic disciplines.The “Sierra Project” at UC Irvine is named after the residential hall where a year long course of inquiry is taught for first year students. This initiative represents an opportunity to influence the structure of thinking of the next generation of citizens–those persons who will lead and serve our institutions of society and, who as parents, shape the nature of future generations. There are value statements embedded in this line of inquiry about the role of the university in society. An experience in higher education for students should provide an opportunity to reflect on the purposes of learning, on the uses to which acquired knowledge is put, and on the ethical dilemmas which confront citizens individually and as member of society collectively.Experienced during the college years provide many opportunities for impacting moral reasoning. Research such as that conducted by the Sierra Project has revealed that educational experiences can raise the level of moral reasoning. Society benefits from citizens whose lives are characterized by principled thinking and moral maturity.The Quest for Peace and Security in the 21st Century: An Inquiry This initiative is a videotaped series of interviews with distinctive thinkers on peace and security. Selections from the 200 interviews have been broadcast on 400 cable/PBS stations in 47 states. The series is available since 2007 in a presentation by the UCI Libraries. The series is now being converted to YouTube.Creation and Development of a Sustainability Program
- Toward a Sustainable 21st Century (2005-continuing), Empowering Sustainability (2011-continuing), California’s Coastal Resilience (2012-continuing) Closing the Gaps: Toward Gender Equality (2017-continuing), and Empowering the Sustainability of Fragile States (2017-continuing) with the Russian Academy of Sciences and Moscow State University), and Sustainability Challenges Lecture Series (2010-continuing).
Empowering Sustainability connects emerging sustainability leaders from thirty-seven countries across generations and disciplines through the exchange of ideas and experiences, and through fostering engagement and research on the ground through the collaboration among fellows and like-minded organizations worldwide. Toward a Sustainable 21st Century is an initiative of a foundation of global reach and UC Irvine as a research university to do together more than they can do separately on unsolved problems of global society in the areas of marine resources, conservation, and threats to ecosystem and environmental health caused by toxic chemicals and the absence of effective governance structures which promote sustainability. California’s Coastal Resilience provides a forum for dialogue between state of California policymakers, representatives of an empowered civil society, and the university research community to visualize together successful solutions to preserving and enhancing California’s precious coastline in the face of sea level rise and stronger storms. Closing the Gaps: Toward Gender Equality is a community/campus initiative to address local and global challenges impeding progress toward gender equality. Empowering the Sustainability of Fragile States has an initial focus on the Middle East. The Sustainability Challenges Lecture Series captures distinctive presentations on significant topics featuring global and local campus visitors. These initiatives are funded by grants with Professor Whiteley designated as Principal Investigator by the sponsoring foundation and with Norma Yokota of Social Ecology designated as Program Manager.
Whiteley, J. M., & Associates. Character development in college students, Volume I. The freshman year. Schenectady, NY: Character Research Press, 1982. Translated into Chinese by Zhang Yao Can of Hua Zhong Normal University and published by Chendu Electronic Technology University Publishing House of Wuhan, the People’s Republic of China in 1993.
Loxley, J. C., & Whiteley, J. M. (Ed.). Character development in college students, Volume II: The curriculum. Schenectady, NY: Character Research Press, 1986. Both Volume I and Volume II translated into Chinese by Shenchao Zhu of Zhejiang University and published by Zhejiang University Press of Hangzhou, the People’s Republic of China in 1993.
Whiteley, J. M., Port, T. A., and McCarthy, S. (Eds.). Quest for peace: Study guide for the introductory series. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt, 1986.
Whiteley, J. M. (Ed.). Quest for peace: An introduction. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt, 1986.
Whiteley, J. and Associates. Moral action in young adulthood. University of South Carolina Center for the Study of the Freshman Year Experience, Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, 1999.
Dalton, R., Garb, P., Loverich, N., Pierce, J., and Whiteley, J. Critical masses: Citizens, nuclear weapons production, and environmental destruction in the United States and Russia. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1999.
Whiteley, J.M., Ingram, H., and Perry, R. (Eds.) Water, Place, and Equity. MIT Press, 2009.
Whiteley, J.M. The Saga of Rocky Flats: Strivings for National Security, Evolving Regimes of Law and Governance, Environmental Crime, U.S. Constitutional Government and the Quest for Environmental Justice. Irvine, CA: Safer Nuclear World Initiative, 2018.