James Fortney

Instructional Developer

Saint Louis University

US United States

As an instructional developer in the Reinter Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, 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.

James has been teaching undergraduate courses on communication, identity, and difference for overĀ 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.