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James Fortney, M.A.

James FortneyInstructional Developer
phone: (314) 977-1910
fax: (314) 977-1695

Role in the Center

As an instructional developer in the Center, James consults with faculty, graduate students, and teaching staff on instructional elements, course design, and learning technologies. He also researches new pedagogical approaches to instruction; helps facilitate intentional transitions to online teaching; and works with faculty teaching in the Reinert Center's Learning Studio.

Areas of Interest and Expertise

  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Instructional Communication
  • Universal Design for Learning

Biographical Information

James has been teaching undergraduate courses on communication, identity, and difference for nearly a decade. Prior to joining the Center in July 2015, he was faculty in the Department of Communication Studies at Western Washington University. He also taught communication courses as a graduate instructor at University of Colorado Boulder and University of Utah. His research embraces a focus on concrete, mundane communication practices as constitutive of larger social structural systems. Through this perspective, he is committed to helping faculty and graduate students develop courses that challenge students to participate in society in more effective, inclusive, and dignifying ways. He is particularly interested in designing courses that nurture classroom dialogue on matters of equity and social justice.