Jim Charles

English Education
University of South Carolina Upstate
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Brief Bio
Dr. Jim Charles, a member of the USC Upstate School of Education faculty since 1986, received his BA, MA, and Ph.D. degrees in English Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His primary teaching responsibilities at USC Upstate are in the Secondary, Middle Grades and English Education programs. He has also taught Composition and American Indian Literature courses in the English department. Prior to moving to Spartanburg, Jim taught ninth grade English in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro (NC) City Schools where he also served as a basketball coach, tennis coach and athletic director. His writing, publication and research interests focus on American Indian literatures and cultures, the writing of N. Scott Momaday, teaching composition, young adult literature, teacher effectiveness assessment, textbook critique, middle-level education, and curriculum theory. Jim and his wife Anne have three children--Anthony, Maria, and Michael. When not teaching, Jim pursues his lifelong involvement in American Indian cultures by attending regional powwows and other American Indian cultural celebrations. In his spare time, Jim studies the lives of his heroes (Roberto Clemente and Muhammad Ali), listens to John Mellencamp's (and other R&B) music, cooks Italian food, follows the Pittsburgh Pirates, and exercises.

Educational Background

Teaching Experience

Research Interests


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The following are some useful web sites on the Internet:

USC Upstate Homepage
USC Upstate BlackBoard Site
USC-Columbia Homepage
Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures
National Council of Teachers of English
Pittsburgh Pirates Homepage

Jim Charles "slaps five" with Roberto Clemente outside Three Rivers Stadium
in Pittsburgh, PA

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