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.


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.