Dr. James joins Texas Tech University as an associate professor and director of graduate studies in charitable planning in the Division of Personal Financial Planning in the College of Human Sciences. Prior to coming to Texas Tech, Dr. James was a faculty member at the University of Georgia, where he was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the College of Family & Consumer Sciences. Dr. James received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Missouri ('92) and his J.D. ('94), cum laude, from the University of Missouri School of Law where he was a member of the Missouri Law Review. After graduation, he worked as director of Planned Giving for Central Christian College, Moberly, Missouri, for six years and also built a successful law practice limited to estate and gift planning. He later served as president of the college for more than five years, where he had direct and supervisory responsibility for all fundraising. Dr. James received his Ph.D. ('02) in Consumer & Family Economics from the University of Missouri where his dissertation was on the topic of charitable giving.
Dr. James has over 100 publications in print or in press in academic journals, conference proceedings, professional periodicals and books. He has presented his research as an invited speaker at universities in the U.S., Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland and England. His research has been referenced in news sources such as USA Today, The Associated Press, Bloomberg News, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.