James E. Giles, PhD

Professor of Philosophy,

715 North Ave.
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Phone: (914) 637-2715 

PhD, Fordham University, 1971
MA, Fordham University, 1964
BSS, Fordham University, 1962

Professor Giles wrote his Ph.D. thesis on the American philosopher William James. He has written articles and given papers on James’s thought as well as teaching courses about him.  Professor Giles has also written and presented papers on traditional topics in philosophy and somewhat untraditional ones like the link between philosophy and autobiography.   He became involved in the area of medical ethics when it first came into prominence in the 1970s and taught courses in the area for several years.   He published Medical Ethics: A Patient-Centered Approach.  He served on the Hospital Ethics Committee at Sound Shore Medical Center.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s Professor Giles’ attention shifted to studying higher education.  He conducted a seminar for faculty at Iona surveying its history in America and analyzing current issues.  In the mid-1990’s when the Internet was in its early stages, this interest merged with his growing interest in computers. He became the Coordinator of Online Learning at Iona in the early years of this century, working with faculty in developing courses that used online activities.  He was among the first Iona faculty members to develop and teach distance learning (completely online) and hybrid (partially online) courses.  Professor Giles is especially interested in the impact of online and digital activities on the future of higher education.  He is launching a web site/blog dealing with the current debates about how online activities are changing higher education.  

In addition to his teaching and research, Professor Giles was the Book Editor of Cross Currents for dozen years and is a member of Tau chapter, Phi Beta Kappa.