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.
NRLN 2000 - Ways of Knowing: Constructions of Knowledge in the Academy and Beyond
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
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
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
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
Summer 2018 / Summer 2019
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).