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Learning excites me. The pursuit of knowledge has been my central interest in education, work, and even enjoyment of my spare time. My time in graduate school earning my Master's and Doctorate was some of the best years of my life. Acquiring knowledge creates the drive to share. Helping others learn brings satisfaction. For more than thirty years I have taught college history and literature. I have also taught youth chess for more than twenty years. I need to write about whatever I'm learning. Writing is also a central element in my teaching, and I enjoy helping others learn to write well. I earned my college degrees (B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.) at Washington State University and continued there as a faculty member for several years. Then, returning to my home town, I taught fifteen years at Whitworth University, and started coaching youth chess. For the past few years, I've taught at Eastern Washington University, where I also spent one year as a student many years ago. My training in history and literature is broad and continues to expand year by year. In my youth, I was interested in global history. I narrowed that for interdisciplinary study of North America in graduate school, and then broadened it again as teaching opportunities arose. Recently, I taught the global history of technology for a department of mechanical engineering. Some of my historical interests include the American West, European colonization, disease, technology, race relations, and of course the development of chess strategy. I enjoy teaching all of these and have done so many years.

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James’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Washington State University - Bachelor in Arts, History

Graduate Degree: Washington State University - Master of Arts, American Studies

Graduate Degree: Washington State University - Doctor of Education, American Studies


It is a rare day that I do not play chess. Although I am somewhat below master level, I have dozens of victories against masters. My other interests focus on outdoor activities, especially walking my dogs, fishing, target shooting, hunting, or simply spending time in the woods. I also spend many hours sitting on my patio enjoying the company of my wife and photographing the birds that visit our feeders.

Tutoring Subjects

Academic Coaching

African History

African-American History



College Level American History

College Level American Literature

College World History

Creative Writing


High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School World History

High School Writing


Latin America History



Social Sciences

Social Studies

Study Skills

World Civilization

World Literature


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