Dr. James West

Department of English


  1. Creative Writing
  2. Film
  3. English as a Second Language


Ph.D. | Communication and Writing, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

  • Doctoral Dissertation: “Discursive Practices and Relations of Power.”  Winner of the United States of America Doctoral Dissertation of the Year Award.

M.A. Sc.  | San Jose State University, San Jose, California, USA.

  • Subject: Rhetoric and Communication

B.A. Sc.  | Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA. 

  • Subject: Education, Communication and English


Acting President & Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs | American University Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  (2015 & 2016)

Acting President and Vice President of the University providing administrative leadership in all academic programs - Writing Program, ESL Program, Admissions, the Library, the Registrar’s Office and Student Affairs.

Dean of Liberal Arts and Humanities, Professor of English and Communication, Bacone College, Oklahoma, USA.  (2009 to 2015)

Directed all divisional operations with accountability for scheduling all professors and adjuncts to teach courses in Art, Communication, English, History, Sociology, Religion, Theatre and the Writing Program.

  • Designed, launched and managed a new Communication Media Arts Bachelor Degree Program including Website Design
  • Designed, launched and managed a new English Degree and Writing Program
  • Managed and allocate resources within the annual budget – identify strategic and cost efficient methods to recruit and retain top-performing students, revamp academic programs and build awareness throughout surrounding communities
  • Taught Media and Digital Communication, Rhetoric and English Composition 1 & 2

President, IHOP Maui, Hawaii, USA.  (1999 to 2008)

Conducted extensive competitive market analysis in order to develop and implement strategic business and financial models to establish 2 profitable restaurants.  Created, executed and directed all public relations, hospitality management, promotional, community and media relations campaigns, advertising initiatives and marketing strategies.  Hired, trained and managed 70 full-time personnel, with accountability for all human resource and employee relations duties.  Developed and led in-depth training programs with an emphasis on quality customer service.  Performed all financial management, inventory control and operations oversight for multiple locations.  Built relationships and negotiated optimal terms with vendors and suppliers.  Adhered to rigorous state and federal regulations.

  • Recognized as the Maui Businessman of the Year, 2005
  • Developed and implemented strategic sales initiatives to increase sales year over year during entire tenure as President
  • Allocated resources and managed an annual budget of $3 Million+
  • Outreach in India to help build orphanages

Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor, Communication and Writing, University of Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.  (1994-1999)

Instructed graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of English, Writing and Communication courses as well as directed students preparing Master’s Theses.   Allocated departmental budgets, and collaborated with administration and faculty on strategies to increase student recruitment, retention and graduation rates.

  • Supervised the Vietnam Veteran Report for the United States Senate, Honolulu, 1996 – recruited, evaluated and directed a team of 7 researchers in the writing, interviewing and ethnographic documentation of 1,000 veterans
  • Led the University of Hawaii Community College Accreditation Study – conducted surveys, interviews and prepared the Self-Report Study for the review board
  • Supervised the University of Hawaii Employment Training Program – taught English and Communication classes, trained and evaluated teachers and staff; created relationships with local businesses who might hire our graduates.
  • Member, University of Hawaii Faculty Senate

Research Interest

  • Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Women’s Narratives of Power, Culture and Violence
  • Ethnography and Culture in India
  • English as a Second Language within Different Regional Areas
  • Spirituality in Writing and Oral Histories
  • Heteroglossia, Dialogism and the Creation of Other
  • Creative Writing, Screenwriting and Novel
  • Creating Orphanages in India

Awards & Fellowships

  • The United States of America National Communication Association’s Dissertation of the Year Award (1992)
  • Eccles Fellow, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

  • Summa Cum Laude


  • International Communication Association
  • National (U.S.) Communication Association
  • Western Communication Association
  • Screenwriters Guild of America, West

List of Publications

  • Direct Observation of Grain Boundaries in Chemical Vapor Deposited Graphene - J.-Y. Lee, J.-H. Lee, M. J. Kim, J. K. Dash, C. Lee, R. Joshi, A. Soon, G.-H. Lee Carbon 115, 147-153 (2017)
  • Large single crystal SnS2 flakes synthesized from co-evaporation of Sn and S - Yang, J. K. Dash, A. Littlejohn, T.-M. Lu, G.-C. Wang - Crystal growth and Design, 16(2), 961-973 (2016)
  • Tuning the phase and optical property of ultra-thin SnSx films - Yang, J. K. Dash, T.-M. Lu, G.-C. Wang, L. H. Zhang and K. Kisslinger - Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 120 (24), 13199-13214 (2016)
  • A Method Toward Fabricating Semiconducting 3R-NbS2 Ultrathin Films - Dash*, L. Chen, P. Dinolfo, T.-M. Lu, and G.-C. Wang - Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119 (34), 1976319771 (2015)
  • A simple growth method for Nb2O5 films and their optical properties - Dash*, L. Chen, P. Dinolfo, L. H. Zhang, K. Kisslinger, T.-M. Lu and G.-C. Wang RSC Advances, 5(45), 36129-36139 (2015)
  • Metal enhanced Ge1-xSnx alloy film growth on glass substrates using biaxial CaF2 buffer layer. K. Dash*, L. Chen, T.-M. Lu, G.-C. Wang, L. H. Zhang and K. Kisslinger CrystEngComm, 16(37), 8794-8804 (2014)
  • Universality in shape evolution of Si1-xGex structures on high index Silicon surfaces - Dash, T. Bagarti, A. Rath, R. R. Juluri, P. V. Satyam - Euro Physics Letter (EPL) 99(6)66004 p1-p6 (2012)
  • Shape evolution of MBE grown Si1-xGex structures on high index Silicon surfaces: A temperature dependent study - Dash, A. Rath, R. R. Juluri, P.V. Satyam - Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 45(45) 455303 p1-p6 (2012)
  • DC heating induced shape transformation of Ge structures on ultra clean Si (5 5 12) surfaces K. Dash, A. Rath, R. R. Juluri,P Santhana Raman, K. Muller, A. Rosenauer and P.V. Satyam J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 23(13), 135002 p1-p8 (2011)
  • Morphological variations in AuxSiy nanostructures under variable pressure and annealing conditions
  • Rath, J. K. Dash, R. R. Juluri, and P.V. Satyam - Applied Physics A , 118(3) 1079-1085 (2015)
  • A study of initial stages of growth of Au-assisted epitaxial Ge nano wires on clean Ge (100) Surface - Rath, K. Dash, R. R. Juluri, A. Ghosh, A. Rosenauer and P. V. Satyam CrystEngComm, 16(12), 2486-2490 (2014)
  • Instrument response of reflection high energy electron diffraction pole figure
  • Chen, J. K. Dash, P. Su, C.F. Lin, I. Bhat, T.-M. Lu and G.-C. Wang - Applied Surface Science, 288, 458-465 (2014)
  • Growth of Oriented Au Nanostructures: Role of Oxide at the Interface - Rath, K. Dash, R. R. Juluri, A. Rosenauer, Marcos Schoewalter and P.V. Satyam -Appl. Phys. 111(6), 064322 p1-p3 (2012)
  • Nano scale phase separation in Au-Ge system on ultra clean Si(100) surfaces - Rath, K. Dash, R. R. Juluri, A. Rosenauer and P. V. Satyam - Appl. Phys. 111(10), 104319 p1-p8 (2012)
  • Epitaxy-like orientation of nanoscale Ag islands grown on air-oxidized Si(110)-(5×1) surfaces - Anupam Roy, J. K. Dash, A. Rath and B. N. Dev - Surface and Interface Analysis, 44(5), 513-518 (2012)
  • Temperature dependent electron microscopy study of Au thin films on Si(100) with and without native oxide layer as barrier at the interface - Rath, K. Dash, R. R. Juluri, A. Rosenauer and P. V. Satyam - Physics D: Applied Physics, 44(11), 115301 p1-p9 (2011)
  • Growth of oriented Ag nanocrystals on air-oxidized Si surfaces: An insitu high energy electron diffraction study - Roy, K. Bhattacharjee, K. Dash and B. N. Dev - Thin Solid Films 520(2), 853-860 (2011)
  • Observation of grain growth in swift heavy ion irradiated NiO thin films
  • Mallick, C. Rath, J. K. Dash, R. Biswal, D. C. Agarwal, D. Behera, D. K. Avasthi, D. Kanjilal, P. V. - Satyam and N.C. Mishra - Indian Journal of Physics 84 (10), 1399-1404 (2010)
  • Formation of aligned nano-silicide structures in MBE grown Au/Si(110) system: A real time temperature dependent TEM study - M. Bhatta, J. K. Dash, A. Roy, A. Rath and P. V. Satyam - Phys.: Condens. Matter 21(20), 205403 p1-p7 (2009)
  • Oxide mediated liquid-solid growth of high aspect ratio-aligned gold silicide microrods on Si (110) substrates - M. Bhatta, A. Rath, J. K. Dash, J. Ghatak, L. Yi-Feng, C.-P. Liu, P. V. Satyam Nanotechnology 20(46), 465601 p1-p7 (2009)
  • Structural phase transitions in Au thin films on Si (110): An in-situ temperature dependent transmission electron microscopy study - Umananda M. Bhatta, J. K. Dash, A. Rath, P. V. Satyam - Applied Surface Science, 256(2), 567-571 (2009)
  • Growth of oriented crystalline Ag nanoislands on air-exposed Si(001) surfaces A Roy, K. Bhattacharjee, J. K. Dash and B. N. Dev - Applied Surface Science, 256(2), 361-364 (2009)
  • Shape transformation of Si1-xGex structures on ultra clean Si (5 5 7) and Si (5 5 12) surfaces K. Dash, A. Rath, R. R. Juluri, K. Mueller, A. Rosenauer, P.V. Satyam Journal of Physics: Conf. Series 326, 012021 (2011)