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Walker, James F.

Teaching Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Dr. James F. Walker specializes in undergraduate education with an emphasis on diversity education, metacognitive practices and inclusive pedagogies. Other research areas include race and gender studies, dystopian literature & film, and the rhetorics & praxis of performance -- especially, Playback Theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed, and related forms of applied, interactive theater for social change.


  • Undergraduate Education, Undergraduate Research, Diversity & Inclusion, Race & Ethnicity, Gender & Sexuality, Student Development, Interdisciplinarity, Contemplative Pedagogies, Metacognition & Mindfulness, Theater & Performance


courses taught

  • NRLN 2000 - Constructions of Knowledge: Ways of Knowing in the Academy and Beyond
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
    This course asks students to interrogate natural learning tendencies, how they know what they know, and how to cultivate other ways of knowing beyond intellectual. They analyze how knowledge is created, discovered, and interpreted. They'll explore what faculties are involved in learning, seeing, understanding and knowing; how revolutions in knowledge arise; the relationship between knowledge and power; and what wisdom is. Students draw on different ways of expressing knowledge, including the intellect, intuition, and more. Department consent required. Same as ARSC 2000.
  • NRLN 3500 - Constructions of Knowledge in the Fields
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
    This course invites students to investigate how their fields construct knowledge and are constructed. Its interdisciplinarity encourages them to think critically about all dimensions of the field, from its ancient history to breaking news, its working theories to working conditions, its major controversies to the politics and passions that fuel them. Through theory, case study, film, and more, students come to see their fields as ways of knowing, living, working, and engaging in the world. Department consent required.
  • WRTG 3020 - Topics in Writing
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Through sustained inquiry into a selected topic or issue, students will practice advanced forms of academic writing. Emphasizes analysis, criticism and argument. Taught as a writing workshop, places a premium on substantive, thoughtful revision. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: WRTG 1150 or equivalent (completion of lower-division writing requirement).


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