James V. Vrhovac

Professor of English

After a brief rest in the Army, I graduated with an A.A. from Valencia in 2000. I spent the next several years wandering and trying to find a career instead of a job. In 2009, I went back to finish school and graduated with a degree in English-Technical Communications.
This wayward path helped me find my true passion: teaching writing. While teaching writing may sound as exciting as watching plants grow, it is a subject and opportunity to engage with students in a brand new way every day.

My tenure at Valencia has opened a world of understanding and collaboration. From working with students from rich and diverse backgrounds to engaging in community work through the Peace and Justice Institute, I have learned to value that everyone has something to bring to the table and deserves a place there. My goals now are to learn to live and work better. That probably sounds a little cliche, but through my work at Valencia and life, I am realizing that relationships, with people, myself, the environment, are at the core of everything we as humans do. I am working to better honor, respect, and cultivate those relationships by trying to enjoy them while I have them.

My current projects focus on sustainability issues on and off campus and using Table top roleplaying games as a framework to teach critical thinking and writing. I have always been pretty nerdy in general but have found lately great benefit in combining the two. Using the Basic Dungeons and Dragons rules system as a framework of inquiry for students, I have been surprised with the amount of flexibility for learning and motivation students experience in exploring a collaborative story environment. The level of engagement in the course my students show has been the single most rewarding aspect of this experiment.


West Campus


1. On campus in my office 5-260 Tuesdays 7:30-8:30am and 11:30am-12:30pm; Wednesdays 9-10am and 11:30-12:30pm. We can Zoom during this time as well.

2. Virtual via Zoom Monday-Thursday 2-3pm (Sometimes meetings conflict; email me to set up an appointment)

3. Virtual via email Fridays 8-10am
• For Zoom meetings you must email me times you would like to meet. I will be as flexible as I can, but the responsibility is on you.

Catching me right before or after class is a really good time, too.