James Cartee

James L. Cartee III has taught Public Speaking and Communication courses for over twelve years in higher education. He possesses a master’s degree in Communication from Auburn University. In addition to teaching several classes, James is currently enrolled full-time in a Ph.D. program in Communications at The University of Tennessee. He regularly publishes academic research in related disciplines and mentors students to overcome stage fright in front of an audience.   

James also has several years of experience in nonprofit development and community outreach, including management positions with the American Cancer Society and the Christian Alliance for Orphans. In addition to some known shorter thru-hikes, James has backpacked through many countries and across several continents.   

James has traditionally published three poetry and photography books: Twenty-Three Deeply Rooted Confessions, Thirty-Five Virtuous Blueprints, and Eighteen

Blessed Detours. James has written a recent poetry anthology titled All His Gifts and a nonfiction memoir advocating for those with a mental illness. James actively writes guest blog entries, magazine articles, and travel journals. As a young father, James maintains an inspirational blog about family with everyday spiritual topics at www.daddydestinations.com.


James and his wife, Lisa, currently reside in Knoxville, Tennessee, and spend most of their time with their daughter, Annabelle. His family thoroughly enjoys nature, live music, and local involvement in a church community. 


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