As an educator, James has taught speech, acting, and playwriting at several institutions, including New York University, City College, the Bronx Community College, the Borough of Manhattan Community College, and the University of Florida.  Most recently, James was an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Playwright-in-Residence at his alma mata, Florida A&M University, where he also wrote and directed several mainstage productions for the Essential Theatre and the Irene C. Edmonds Youth Theatre summer camp.