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Jordan O. James

  • Lecturer II

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Education

  • Ph.D Candidate, Organizational, Information & Learning Science (OILS)
  • Master of Community & Regional Planning, Physical Planning
  • BA in Media Arts

Research

  • Indigenous Social Engineering
  • Wrong Theory
  • Design-Based Research Methodologies

Jordan O. James is a lecturer at the University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture and Planning in the Community & Regional Planning program as well as a Ph.D. student in the Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences (OILS) program. He has served as a graduate research assistant on an NSF-funded project, Revolutionizing Engineering Departments, and has been recognized as both a Graduate Studies student spotlight recipient and teaching scholar. Jordan studies learning in authentic, real-world conditions utilizing Design-Based Research methodologies and Wrong Theory to investigate design learning and social engineering, in which he studies urban planners who design real-world interventions for communities and students who use design to learn. A member of the Grand Portage Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe Jordan obtained both his Masters of Community & Regional Planning and Bachelor of Media Arts from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque where he lives with his wife and three daughters.

 


Jordan's teaching interests include the consideration of various social science lenses; such as critical pedagogy, culturally sustaining pedagogy, adult learning theory; and many others to best develop undergraduate urban planning education. These efforts strive to not only better make sense of the ever-changing social dynamics found in the world around us for undergraduate students as they begin to navigate the planning profession, but for other urban planning educators as well to inform their own pedagogical methods and approaches. 

Fall

• CRP 165 | Social Issues in Urban and Regional Development

Spring

• CRP 275 | Community Change In A Global Era

As Made Available

• CRP 481-581 | Computer Applications for Urban Planners

• CRP 470-570 | Planning Through the Cinematic Lens


Publications

  • James, J.O., Svihla, V., Qiu, C., & Datye, A.D. (7/2018). A New Facet: Building Multifaceted Engineering Identity. In J. Kay & R. Luckin (Eds.). Rethinking learning in the digital age: Making the Learning Sciences count. ISLS.
  • James, J.O., Svihla, V., & Qiu, C., & Riley, C. (7/2018). Using Design Challenges to Develop Empathy in First-year courses. Proceedings of the ASEE 125th Annual Conference and Exhibition, Salt Lake City, UT. 
  • James, J.O., Svihla, V., Qiu, C., & Datye, A.D. (7/2018). A New Facet: Building Multifaceted Engineering Identity. ICLS 2018, London, UK.
  • Svihla, V., Gomez, J., Bowers, S., James, J.O., Prescott, P., & Datye, A. (7/2017) Asset-based design projects in a freshman level course. Paper presented at the ASEE 124th Annual Conference and Exhibition, Columbus, OH.
  • Svihla, V., Gomez, J., Bowers, S., James, J.O., Prescott, P., & Datye, A. (7/2017). Asset-based design projects in a freshman level course. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education 124th Annual Conference and Exhibition. 

Scholarship

  • James, J.O. (7/2018). Indigenous Social Engineering to Engage Wicked Problems. Positive Youth Development: The intersection between theory and practice.http://www.honorearth.org/pyd-newmexico.
  • James, J.O., (5/2018) Revolutionizing the Design of First-Year Urban Planning Courses [Iteration Two]. Poster presented at the 22nd Annual Anthropology Graduate Student Union Research Symposium. Albuquerque, NM.
  • James, J.O., (4/2018). Bridging the Dynamics Between Controlled Urban Design and Local Expertise in Urban Planning 101 Courses. Poster presented at the UNM Organization, Information & Learning Science department annual EXPO. Albuquerque, NM.
  • James, J.O., (3/2018). Revolutionizing the Design of First-Year Urban Planning Courses [Iteration One]. Poster presented at the BYU Instructional Psychology & Technology department 2nd-second annual Paper & Poster Party (PPP). Provo, UT
  • James, J.O., (11/2017). Using Design Challenges to Develop Professional Identity. Three-minute thesis, ‘LoboBites’ pitch competition [Finalist], at the UNM Shared Knowledge Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
  • James, J.O., (5/2017). FACETS: Formation of Accomplished Chemical Engineers for Transforming Society. Poster presentation at the UNM Organization, Information & Learning Science department annual EXPO, Albuquerque, NM.

Graduate research assistant; NSF (FY17-21, $1,999,957, EEC #1623105). IUSE/PFE:RED: FACETS: Formation of Accomplished Chemical Engineers for Transforming Society.