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James Hawley began teaching at Salina Tech in the summer of 2014. He teaches courses in English Composition, Ethics and Public Speaking.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts degree in Religion from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Ca. and a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, where he was named a Reichenbach Scholar and was awarded the Reynolds Prize in Writing.
He has contributed poetry at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and at Yale University. James delivered an interpretation of Rudolpho Anaya’s “Bless Me, Ultima” at the Western Literature Conference in 2008, a paper Anaya described as “the best on my work I have ever read.”
He comes from a line of college and university scholars. His brother Steve was one of the original 35 Space Shuttle astronauts and flew on five missions. Steve currently directs the Physics and Engineering department and teaches astronomy at the University of Kansas. James’ sister, Diane, is a professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Oregon and James’ brother John is the Associate Dean for Sciences and holds the Hamilton Chair in Astronomy at the University of Virginia.
Prior to teaching at Salina Tech, he taught at Hastings College, Hutchinson Community College, Kansas Wesleyan University and Kansas State-Polytechnic as an adjunct. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and spent twenty years in the ministry before turning to teaching full-time.