Meaning, truth, human connection and healing have interested me since I was young. As an adult, I continue to explore these things in the humanitarian sector where I presently work on an emergency food distribution program in Ethiopia. Previously, I’ve worked in the Gaza Strip, at the Egyptian border with Libya, in southern Turkey near the Syrian border, and in Afghanistan. During my graduate studies at American University in Washington, DC, I studied international peace and conflict resolution and philosophy. The case studies I read, the research papers
Jim Burns is an Assistant Professor of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership at South Dakota State University.
Reflecting on my experiences as somewhat of a transient growing up and working in multicultural contexts, quite often with children, families, and communities victimized by systemic poverty, racism, and other forms of oppression, I have committed my career as an educator to overcoming the poverty of indifference and working for social justice and building inclusive communities.Prior to my life in higher education, I was a high school teacher in the Washington, DC area, where I taught social studies and English for speakers of other languages. I also served in the Marine Corps for eight years, primarily in Asia.