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Professor Celebrates 25 Years at Penn State DuBois

Professor Jim May of Clearfield
10/12/2007 —

DuBois – This month Professor James May, of Clearfield, is recognized for his 25 years of teaching at Penn State DuBois.  The Associate Professor of English came to the campus in 1982, after teaching at the University of Delaware.  May began teaching at the University of Maryland, where he earned his Ph.D. in English Literature. 

To commemorate this milestone, May has been presented with the 25 Year Length of Service Chair from Penn State University.

 “This beautiful rocking chair stands as a symbol of the university’s recognition of great achievement,” said Chancellor Anita McDonald, who presented the chair to May.  He has also received a plaque signed by Penn State University President Graham Spanier.

“This is a Penn State tradition, to pause and recognize the contributions of individuals who have had a significant impact on the students, faculty, and staff for such a celebrated period of time,” McDonald said.    

For most of these 25 years May has taught composition courses in English.  He has also taught diverse humanities and literature courses, such as Shakespeare, Eighteenth Century Literature, and the short story, educating students on British and World Literature.

“I enjoy teaching. It’s an engaging challenge to spark interest and understanding in students,” said May.  “I’m grateful to the campus for offering me not only a means to support myself and my family, but an entry into the community of scholars.” 

Over the years, May has also contributed much to the campus.  He has been the Coordinator of Honors Education at Penn State DuBois since 1983.  He has taken students on over 40 trips, including week-long trips to England and Mexico.  May has also represented the campus on the University Senate. 

May’s accomplishments also reach out further into academia.  Since 1986 he has edited the newsletter The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer, which is distributed thee times a year to 480 scholars and 20 research libraries.  In 2001 May was awarded the Sponsoring Society’s Career Service Award for that work, which is funded by the university.   

His effort in compiling information for Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography prompted the publisher to dedicate the 2000 volume to May.

Since 1991, May has contributed to The Scriblerian, a biannual journal, surveys of rare books and manuscripts that would be of interest to scholars.

May has published over 50 scholarly articles, 100 book reviews, and portions of a dozen books.  He said he’s thankful for the support that has helped make these things possible.  

“The campus and its terrific advisory board, the DuBois Educational Foundation, have often provided further funding to help me afford travel to conferences and to libraries and to take students on many trips out of town”.

It may be his colleagues and the relationships formed with them, however, that May holds most valuable. 

“Good collegial relations with other faculty have been another blessing in working at the DuBois Campus,” he says.  “The campus is small enough to allow faculty to develop friendships with faculty outside their disciplines, from art to physics to wildlife.  I’ve always been proud of our faculty’s dedication.  My three sons all profited by beginning their college studies at the campus.” 

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