Faculty & Staff Profiles

jim handley

James Handley

Social Science

Office: 310 Tainter Hall
Phone: 715/232-2574
Email: handleyj@uwstout.edu

Academic Interest: 

Critical Geography, Food Justice, Peace Studies, GIS

Teaching Philosophy

My approach to teaching is informed by the works of Paulo Freire, Henry Giroux, Michael Apple, bell hooks, and John Dewey among others. In all my non-GIS classes, I try to use the language of critique and possibility to facilitate learning. We cast a critical eye on the status quo structures of our communities and look at those structures as things we can change. We use the classroom as a space to struggle against those structures and forces that create inequality and injustice. We also try to envision our world void of the self-defeating violence that presently mars our existence and explore ways to move towards that vision. The goal of education is complete humanization – to reach our full potential as human beings. Education is key to lifting ourselves and others out of oppression.It's hard work. It takes an open mind and a willingness to be uncomfortable at times. But, ultimately, it leads to a better world that is moving in the direction of peace and social justice.

In my GIS courses, I provide an environment where students are able to gain hands-on experience using the tools in GIS to solve spatial problems in which they are interested in solving.I use my 16 years of GIS experience to guide students through the geographic inquiry process using GIS.I think it's important, though, that we aren't just getting trained to use some software package.I try to provide the conceptual and theoretical framework that helps students become geographic problem solvers.After students complete the GIS minor, they are prepared for a wide array of jobs that use GIS."

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 104 World Geography
  • GEOG 251 Intro to GIS
  • GEOG 351 Intermediate GIS
  • GEOG 451 Advanced GIS
  • GEOG 452 GIS Research Methods
  • GEOG 310 Geography of Food
  • PAX 201 Intro to Applied Peace Studies
  • PAX 401 Peace Studies Seminar
Office Hours (Spring 2014)
8:15 – 10:00 MWF or by appointment

Advising:
  • GIS minor Advisor
  • Applied Peace Studies minor Advisor
Course Schedule (Spring)
  • GEOG 251 MWF………………….. 12:20 – 1:15
  • GEOG 251 Lab Fri………………... 1:25 – 3:05
  • GEOG 310 MW………………….… 2:30 – 3:55
  • GEOG 351 TH…………………….. 2:30 – 3:55
  • GEOG 351 Lab Thur…………..…. 4:40 – 6:20
  • GEOG 452 T…………………...….. 4:15 – 5:15
  • PAX 201 TH……………………....…9:40 – 11:05
  • PAX 401 W……………………….… 4:15 – 5:15