Meet Our Staff

Jame Mary

Mary James

Special Assistant to the Provost, Academic Logistics and Evaluation/CILT

Academic Affairs/Provost Office

Simkins (Alder) Building

Phone: (509) 865-8564

Ext: 2104


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Courses Taught:

  • Technical and Report Writing
  • Writing for the Social Sciences
  • Honors Seminar: “The Humanities”
  • Humanities 305: The Heritage Core
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II

Education and Degrees:

  • Master's Degree: Master of Arts — Major: English Literature — Location: Central Washington University, Ellensburg — Date: 1980
  • Bachelor's Degree: Bachelor of Arts with Honors — Major: Major: English Literature; Minor: Political Science — Location: University of Puget Sound — Date: 1966

Professional Experience:

  • Position: Juvenile Court Administrator
    Start Date: 1/1/1985 End Date: 1/1/1989
    Company: Kittitatas County Superior Court
  • Position: Instructor of English Composition
    Start Date: 9/1/1980 End Date: 12/1/1984
    Company: Central Washington University
  • Position: Caseworker III, Department of Social and Health Services
    Start Date: 12/1/1967


Mary C. James came to Heritage University, then College, in September 1989. As Director of the Academic Skills Center, Co-facilitator of the Center for Intercultural Learning and Teaching, and a faculty member in the English and Humanities Program from 1989 to the present, Professor James has been highly involved with every aspect of student and faculty interaction at Heritage for twenty-five years. In 1998 Professor James was honored as Heritage Person of the Year for the inclusive, intercultural atmosphere provided by the Academic Skills Center for all Heritage students. In 2007 she was honored as Heritage Professor of the Year for exemplary teaching and dedication to students. In 2004, along with Dr. Peter Frederick, Professor James co-founded the HU Center for Intercultural Learning and Teaching (CILT). In July of 2011, Professor James was assigned half-time responsibilities as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In Spring 2013, James also became an Affiliated Faculty Member with the Center for Native Health and Culture at Heritage University.

Special Interests:

History of Washington State Women's Movement

Research Interests:

Mentorship and Facilitating Success

Publications and Professional Affiliations:

  • Publication: “Indigenous Methodology in Practice: Starting a Community-Based Research Center on the Yakama Reservation
    Title: Sociologists without Borders
  • Publication: “‘Heritage Rocks’: Principles and Practices of Effective Intercultural Teaching and Learning.”
    Title: To Improve the Academy, 25
  • Publication: “Looking Within to See the World.”
    Title: Diversity Digest 8(3)
  • Organization: The Pacific Sociological Association 
  • Organization: Professional and Organizational Development Network (POD)
  • Organization: The National Council of Teachers of English