John Whalen

John Whalen

MCJ, Instructor
School of Public Affairs

ACAD 315
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Office Hours :
Monday & Wednesday: 9:00am-10:00am & 2:00pm-3:00pm | Friday: 9:00am-10:00am | & by appointment

Biographical Information

John Whalen, Criminal Justice Instructor, comes to UCCS after a very diverse and successful career within the Criminal Justice system.

Mr. Whalen began his career in the United States Army Military Police Corp. In this capacity he served in a wide variety of assignments including as a Military Police Investigator, Platoon Leader, Chief of the Investigations Section at the military maximum security prison at Fort Leavenworth, KS, and numerous command and staff positions in a variety of Military Police units in the Regular Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. In 2016, Mr. Whalen retired as a Lieutenant Colonel with over 30 years of service.

After completing his initial active duty commitment in the U.S. Army, Mr. Whalen joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent in 1984. He began his career in the Buffalo Field Office working violent crime and international terrorism investigations. From Buffalo, he served assignments in New York City, Los Angeles, Denver, FBI Headquarters (Washington D.C), Tampa and Omaha in addition to temporary duty assignments in Qatar, Afghanistan, Germany and Romania. He spent the bulk of his career specializing in three areas; white collar crime, international terrorism and foreign counterintelligence. Among the specific assignments he completed were: long-term undercover agent, Instructor of terrorism and counterintelligence at the FBI Academy, Supervisory Special Agent for a counterintelligence squad and Supervisory Special Agent, Counterterrorism Division, FBIHQ, detailed as FBI Liaison Officer to the General Staff, United States Central Command. Mr. Whalen retired from the FBI in November 2010 after more than 26 years of service.

Following his retirement from the FBI, Mr. Whalen became an Instructor of Criminal Justice at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska. He taught a wide variety of criminal justice courses and was lead instructor for a study abroad course in London, England. He also served as a part-time contract Instructor for the FBI’s Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Course which taught Special Agents advanced techniques in the assessment, development, recruitment and handling of high value human assets. Mr. Whalen received his Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska in 1984 and his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1978. He is also a graduate of the FBI Academy and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Mr. Whalen brings knowledge, enthusiasm plus a love for teaching and mentoring to the UCCS Criminal Justice Program.

Areas of Interest

  • Law Enforcement
  • White Collar Crime
  • Domestic and International Terrorism
  • Interview / Interrogation