Royce W. James
CDR Royce W. James is a member of the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalist. He is the Co-founder/Director for U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Science Partnership for Innovation in Learning (Project SPIL).
"CDR Royce W. James, Ph.D. served with AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) as a Team Leader then graduated from USCG Boot Camp in 1996. Royce attended New Mexico State University and served with the Regional Alliance for Science, Engineering, & Mathematics for persons with Disabilities through AAAS before graduating in 1999. He graduated from Officer Candidate School in 2000. He earned a Master’s of Science Degree from Columbia University, and began teaching at the academy in 2004. Royce completed his Doctorate in Plasma Physics through Columbia’s Plasma Physics Lab at Steven’s Institute of Technology in December 2008.
Now a member of the Academy's permanent command teaching staff, Royce is the current Chair of Physics. He is the founder and Principle Investigator of the Coast Guard Academy Plasma Lab (CGAPL), Department Equity Officer, Co-founder/Director for Coast Guard Academy’s Science Partnership for Innovation in Learning (Project SPIL), Genesis Council & Spectrum Council Advisor (Coast Guard Academy’s Black and Gay Student Unions) and the Science Department Diversity & Inclusion Officer. He was a member of the team that was instrumental in the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and more recently worked to facilitate the military's change in policy to allow transgendered persons to openly serve.
Royce is co-founder of the former New London Freedom School, active with the youth of All Souls UU Congregation, member of the #Blacklivesmatter South Eastern CT, member of the Science Technology and Mathematics Magnet School Advisory Board, and Member of the Nuclear Energy Advisory Council for the state of CT. Dr. Royce W. James lives in New London, CT with his wife Jessica (a Graduate Student of Divinity at Andover Newton Theological School) and their four children: Isis, Yemaya, Olorun and Sati."
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
CDR ROYCE W. JAMES Associate Professor Department of Science U.S. Coast Guard Academy
- "Prior to joining the Coast Guard, Dr. James served with AmeriCorps* National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) as a Team Leader, he then graduated from USCG Boot Camp class Y-149 in 1996. CDR James attended New Mexico State University under the Coast Guard’s College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI) program. While at NMSU, he held internships at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Facility and at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. James went on to become the lab manager for the NMSU/Los Alamos Low Temperature Materials Laboratory and graduated from NMSU in 1999.
- "After six weeks at Officer Candidate School, Dr. James was dis-enrolled due to an injury and subsequently reported to the Research and Development Center where he researched STCOM systems for shipboard communications. Six months later he restarted OCS and graduated in 2000. CDR James served as a Project Engineer at the Command and Control Engineering Center (C2CEN) and from there was selected for the Academy Instructor Masters program. Dr. James earned a Master’s of Science Degree from Columbia University, and began teaching at the Academy in 2004. CDR James completed a his Doctorate in Plasma Physics at Columbia’s Plasma Physics Lab through Stevens Institute of Technology in December 2008. Since then he is the PI of the Coast Guard Academy Plasma Lab (CGAPL), Department Equity Officer, Science Lecture Coordinator, Internship Coordinator, and Co-founder/Director for CGA’s Science Partnership for Innovation in Learning (Project SPIL).
- "CDR James is active with the youth of his church and was the co-founder and Chairperson of the Board of Trusties for the New London Freedom School. Dr. James lives in New London with three daughters Isis James-Carnes, Yemaya James-Carnes, Sati James-Carnes, son Olorun James-Carnes, and his wife Jessica James-Carnes, an Interfaith Minister, here in New London.
- Ph.D., Stevens Institute of Technology, 2008
- M.S., Columbia University, 2004
- B.S., New Mexico State University, 1999
President's Volunteer Service Award
In 2017, The President's Volunteer Service Award was presented to Black Lives of Unitarian Universalist.