|Professor of Humanities|
B.A. California State University at Los Angeles
M.A. California State University at Los Angeles
Professional: Dr. Hills has been bringing the written word alive for Corban students for more than 40 years. Before becoming a faculty member in 1973, Dr. Hills taught at his alma mater, The Master's College. He has published sixty articles, some of which are collected in his two books, Garage Sale of the Mind and Other Opinions (2015) andThe Car(di)nal Mind (also 2015).
In addition to classes such as Western Mythology, Literature of Love, and Advanced Composition, Dr. Hills teaches the literary aspects of Corban’s core humanities course, American Thought and Culture. He is a regular attendee of the Pen and Chalice poetry group and contributes to the annual poetry reading. Dr. Hills is currently a member of the Conference on Christianity and Literature.
Personal: Jim and his wife, Bonnie, have been married since 1965. Jim is from upstate New York, she's from Long Island, and they met in college in Southern California. They have four children, six grandchildren, and twin great-grandchildren.
Jim teaches an adult Sunday School class at his church and enjoys sports, canoeing and travel—which has led to some awkward moments, including being examined with more interest than he would have liked by a big barracuda patrolling a reef where he was snorkeling near Key Largo; and falling off of a boat into the Thames river between London and Oxford. (If you're thinking of doing the same, here's an important geographical note: the sea off the Florida Keys is warmer and clearer than English rivers. On the other hand, English rivers do not house large fish with teeth like finishing nails.)
Why Corban: “Corban is a place where we learn to think like Christians, and by that I do not mean that we present our students with a list of approved ideas. We help them identify the big questions, and we read and talk together about how the Christian story is revealed in Scripture speaks to these questions. In other words, we think hard about what it means to be a redeemed human being in our thinking and doing, living out what Christians understand to be our identity and our vocation.”