- IUPUI Maynard K. Hine Medal (1995)
- IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award (1990)
James S. Arvin earned his B.S. in 1969 and his M.S. in 1972 from Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. His expertise focuses on the direct and indirect effects of addictions and substance abuse, teaching courses such as Drug Use in American Society, and Personal Health.
Arvin's intellectual contributions over the years have been significant, including workshops and presentations on issues concerning substance use and abuse. Focused on school age students, supporting the Governor's Commission for a drug-free Indiana, they also provided the opportunity for certification of prevention professional specialists.
Arvin's numerous professional affiliations include the Indiana Safe and Drug Free Schools Committee (past board member), the National Association of Student Assistance Professionals (past board member), the National PRIDE Organization Advisory Board (past member), and The School of Physical Education Alumni Board (past president). Arvin has received various awards and recognition throughout his career, including the American Cancer Society Lifesaver Award, the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Community Leadership Recipient, PRIDE National Award For Services To Youth, and the Sagamore of the Wabash for Efforts in the Field of Substance Abuse in the Schools in Indiana.