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James Williams, PhD - Soka University. Aliso Viejo, CA, US

James Williams, PhD James Williams, PhD

Professor of Rhetoric and Linguistics | Soka University

Aliso Viejo, CA, UNITED STATES

Professor Williams examines education using Baudrillard's perspective on consumerism and simulacra

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Biography

James Williams focuses on neoliberalism and higher education, classical rhetoric, writing pedagogy, psycholinguistics.

Areas of Expertise (9)

Clasical Rhetoric

Psycholinguistics

Assessment

Neoliberalism

Higher Education

Writing Pedagogy

Cognition

Syntax

Education Policy

Accomplishments (2)

Finalist, editorship of College English (professional)

2015

Finalist, with Honorable Mention, Glimmer Train International Short Story Competition, “An Alaskan Education.” (professional)

2014

Education (5)

University of Southern California: Ph. D., Rhetoric and Linguistics

San Jose State University: M. A., English

San Jose State University: B. A., English

San Jose State University: Community College Credential (life) Language Arts and Literature

San Jose State University: Secondary Credential (life) English

Affiliations (2)

  • NCTE
  • AERA

Research Focus (1)

Rhetoricized Reality

This project examines Rudich’s proposal that life during the first two centuries of the Roman Empire was characterized by dissimulation to such an extent that it had become “rhetoricized.” It then draws comparisons with current American society, considering instances of what Baudrillard referred to as “fake originals” that suggest that a rhetoricized existence was not limited to Rome.

Research Grants (3)

Cohort Analysis of ESL Academic Achievement in Grades 1–6

LAUSD Title VII Continuation Grant $500,000

2001 Lead Writer

Academic Achievement of ESL Students in Grades 1–6

LAUSD Title VII Continuation Grant $250,000

2000 Lead Writer

Assessment of Nonnative English Speaking Students in Grades 1–6

LAUSD Title VII Continuation Grant $245,000

1999 Lead Writer

Articles (7)

First-Year Composition and Transfer: A Quantitative Study Journal of Pedagogic Development, 7, 8–21.

2017 (With Minami Hattori)

Composition and the Search for Self-Awareness Journal of Pedagogic Development 6, 30−41

2016

Key Pedagogic Thinkers: Jean Baudrillard Journal of Pedagogic Development, 6, 2, 24–29.

2016 (With Robert Allinson)

Gender, Writing Self-Efficacy, and Help Seeking International Journal of Business, Humanities, and Technology, 1, 46−54

2011 (With Seiji Takaku)

Help Seeking, Self-Efficacy, and Writing Performance among College Students Journal of Writing Research, 3, 1−18

2011 (With Seiji Takaku)

Ars or Technê? Horace’s Ars Poetica as a Display Piece Proceedings of the First International Conference on Literature, Languages, and Linguistics, Athens Institute for Education and Research

2010

Effects of Self-Regulatory Behavior on ESL Student Writing Tohoku Psychologia Folia, 65, 24−36

2006 (With Seiji Takaku & Karen Bauman)