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James Hedges, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Department of English
Phone: (626) 812-3079
Email: jhedges@apu.edu
After 31 years at Azusa Pacific, 26 of them as chair of the division of communication arts, then chair of the departments of English and communication, and as department chair of English, Jim Hedges looks back appreciatively at the growth of the university and the department, now numbering in excess of 100 majors, with 15 full-time faculty. Hedges taught some 20 different courses in English and communication, including journalism and advising the student newspaper for five years. For the past 14 years Hedges has developed the children’s literature course and taught it to hundreds of students training to be teachers, including those in the Center for Adult and Professional Studies. Ongoing research includes work being done at the Huntington Library on a novel on Shakespeare’s England and the cathedral schools, and a series of essays on reading some of the “great” poems often assigned in literature courses in high school and college.

Education

Ph.D. - English, University of California, Riverside, 1974
M.A. - English, University of Washington, 1963
B.A. - English, Seattle Pacific College [University], 1960

Department

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • English

Expertise

  • Children's Literature
  • Harry Potter and the Christian reaction
  • Katherine Paterson
  • Teaching values through literature

Courses Taught

ENGL 434 – Children's Literature
ENGL 488 – Significant Authors
ENGL 377 – Shakespeare

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

Presentations
"Wordsworth and Natural Religion: Two Sonnets on Nature and God.” Institute for Secondary English Teachers, Association of Christian Schools International Convention, Anaheim, November 2003.

"Secrets in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets.” Children’s Literature and Festival, University of Redlands, March 2003.

"Milton’s Sonnets on Vocation: Serving God.” Institute for Secondary English Teachers, Association of Christian Schools International Convention, Anaheim, November 2002.

Publications
“Family Matters in the Harry Potter Novels." APULife (Winter 2002), 8-9.

Professional Involvement and Accomplishments

Chase A. Sawtell Inspirational Teacher of the Year, 2001

Outstanding Chapter Sponsor for the Far West, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, 2001

W.H.O. Award Independent California College and University Faculty Assn. 1986

Special Interests and Activities

Children’s literature
Katherine Paterson
Teaching values through literature
Harry Potter and Christian reaction