In addition to the roles noted above, Dr. White is a professor of urban planning and a founding member of the team that created the UWM master's degree program in urban planning. White is currently very active in the creation of the Milwaukee 7’s Water Council and the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences. He contributed to the creation of BizStarts Milwaukee and to a better understanding of the many issues impeding the Milwaukee 7 initiative to bolster the region's economy. His multiple positions allow him to undertake research on a variety of urban issues and bring real-life lessons to the classroom. Such activities have contributed to White having won departmental, school and university teaching awards.
Professor White has authored or co-authored more than 145 articles, book chapters, research reports and monographs. Furthermore, he has co-authored two books and co-edited three others. The majority of his writing has been in the broad area of economic development – he co-founded and co-edited the Economic Development Quarterly, a journal dedicated to presenting pivotal issues regarding the revitalization of the American economy. But, he has also explored a variety of other issues, largely big-city education and income transfer programs.
In recent years, White has spent more time examining workforce development challenges because of the growing recognition that this is a critical issue for the country and especially the Midwest.