Faculty Profile  Faculty ProfileLast Modified Time: 11:23:48 AM Mon, 9 Aug 2010 
 James  Duban
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James Duban
Professor-English, Director-Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships
Contact address   1155 Union Circle # 311370, Denton, TX 76203-1370     
Email  jduban@unt.edu    Contact Number (940) 565-2820   
Graduate Faculty Membership Status: Full Membership-Permanent   
toggle toggle  Professional Preparation
 Degree Major/Thesis/Dissertation Institution Year
Doctor of Philosophy English and American Literature Cornell University 1976
Master of Arts English and American Literature Cornell University 1975
Bachelor of Arts English Literature University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1972
toggle toggle Courses Taught By Semester --- Organized Classes will be uploaded from THECB Data file
SemesterSubjectCourse NumberSectionCourse NameCalculated Semester Credit HoursSyllabus 
Fall 2015HNRS1500003Introduction to Research : An Interdisciplinary Perspective Download Syllabus
Spring 2015HNRS4100001Honors Colloquium: Research & Scholarly Discourse Download Syllabus
Spring 2012ENGL3830001American Literature to 1870 Download Syllabus
Spring 2012ENGL2500002Introduction to Literary Analysis and Interpretatio Download Syllabus
Spring 2011ENGL3830002Studies in American Literature to 1870 Download Syllabus
Spring 2010ENGL3923001American Jewish Writers93 
Spring 2010ENGL3830002Studies in American Literature to 187090 
Fall 2011ENGL4400001American Fiction Download Syllabus
Fall 2010ENGL3830001Studies in American Literature to 1870 Download Syllabus
Fall 2009ENGL3830001Studies in American Literature to 187087 
toggle toggle  Research and Expertise
American Intellectual and Literary History American Jewish Writers Undergraduate Development Nationally Competitive Scholarship Advising
toggle toggle Appointments
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)RankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2010-PresentFaculty/Staff Team Terry Scholarship Faculty/Staff TeamUniversity of North Texas
1995-PresentAdvisory Board Member UNT Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program (for first-generation and low-income students)University of North Texas
1993-PresentProfessor of English and Director Office for Nationally Competitive ScholarshipsUniversity of North Texas
1992-1993Professor and ChairDepartment of English University of North Texas
1990-1992ProfessorDepartment of English University of Texas at Austin
1988-1989William David Blunk Memorial Professor  University of Texas at Austin
1983-1989Associate ProfessorDepartment of English University of Texas at Austin
1977-1983Assistant ProfessorDepartment of English University of Texas at Austin
1976-1977InstructorEnglish and American Lit. Cornell University
1974-1976Teaching AssistantEnglish and American Lit. Cornell University
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY)Percentage TeachingPercentage ResearchPercentage Service
toggle toggle Publications
  Type  Publications per page   
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  YearPublication  Type
“From Negative Identity to Existential Nothingness: Philip Roth and the Younger Jewish Intellectuals,”
James Duban
Partial Answers: A Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas, 13.1: 43-55.
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
“Honest to One’s Self: Censorship and Variants in American Editions of  Meyer Levin’s In Search”
James Duban
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 33.2: 27-52
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
“’The Oracle of God Within’: Human Nature and Personal Faith in the Epilogue to Clarel and Melville’s Annotated Bible,”
James Duban
Literature and Theology, 28.4: 425-37
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
“Existential Nothingness: Sartrian Philosophy in the Fiction of Philip Roth,”
James Duban
Philip Roth Studies 10.1: 11-34
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
“Eternity Looking through Time”: Sartor Resartus and and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” 
James Duban
Philosophy and Literature
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
toggle toggle Editorships
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)OrganizationPositionClassification
1985-1992Texas Studies in Literature and LanguageEditorial BoardUT English Department
 Duke University Press, Cornell University Press, University of Alabama Press, Northern Illinois University PressManuscript consultant 
toggle toggle Lectures/Symposia
2013"Roth’s The Ghost Writer, Hawthorne, and The Diary of Anne Frank"Paper PresentationJewish American & Holocaust Literature Symposium. (November 17-19, 2013, Miami, Fla.)
2012“Meyer Levin, Anne Frank, and William James”PanelistPanel honoring Dan Walden, Jewish American & Holocaust Literature Symposium. (November 12-14, 2012, Miami, Fla.)
2010“Guilt of the Living: The Trivial, the Tragic, and Rationalization Post Factum in Roth’s ‘Eli, the Fanatic’”Paper PresentationPhilip Roth Session, American Literature Association Symposium on American Fiction, 1890-Present (Oct. 7-9, 2010, Savannah GA)
2009Beyond the Personal Statement: What Do National Scholarship Winners Look Like?PanelistNational Association of Fellowships Advisors
2009Organizing the Academic DayInvited TalkAdvanced Technology Complex, Denton
2007Liberty and Democracy in Herman Melville’s Billy BuddLiberty Fund Panel (San Francisco) 
2005, 2007New Advisors' Session National Association of Fellowships Advisors (Louisville, KY)
2005 Invited TalkRotary Club of Garland
2005Starting Your College Career on the Right FootLecturedLewisville, TX, Public Library
2004Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"LecturedMcKinney Christian Academy
2003Forming National Scholarship Nominating CommitteesFacilitatorNational Association of Fellowships Advisors. Denver, CO, June 23-25, 2003
2003Surveying the Profession: National Scholarship AdvisingOrganizerNAFA Denver Conference (2003)
2003Hawthorne's "My Kinsman, Major Molineux"LecturedStudents of McKinney Christian Academy
2002Strategies for Recruiting and Preparing CandidatesFacilitatorNational Association of Fellowships Advisors," Portland OR, June 28-30, 2002
2001Institutional Support for the National Scholarships EffortFacilitatorNational Association of Fellowships Advisors. Tulsa, OK, June 24-26, 2001
2000 I initiated the UNT English Department Faculty Research Lecture Series with a presentation of my research on Jonathan Edwards and the James family 
2000-2004on graduate school application essays to the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement ProgramLecture 
1996W.E. H. Lecky's Liberty and Democracy, MilwaukeePanelistLiberty Fund Conference
1996Henry James, Sr. and Charles DarwinInvited LectureConference on Language and Literature, Denton
1996-1997writing processLecturedstudents from Yavneh Academy of Dallas, and Heritage Elementary School, of Highland Village
1995Liberty and Human FallibilityPanelistLiberty Fund Conference, Dallas
1995Melville and His TimesLectureAmerican Association Teachers of History, Denton, Texas
1995Critical ThinkingLectureRonald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, Denton, Texas
1995preparing for graduate schoolPanelistRonald E. McNair Program forum
1993CCTE debate over the ExCET text administered to all English Majors who aspire to teach in the secondary school systems of the State of TexasPanelist 
1991The Diptych and Social Criticism in Melville's 'Poor Man's Pudding and Rich Man's Crumbs' Melville/Whitman Centennial Conference, Siena College
1989The Ideology of Melville's 'Critical' Narrators Pennsylvania State University
1988Melville and His Narrators Conference Chair's introductory paper, Herman Melville Society, New Orleans Modern Language Association Convention
1987college-level writingLectureWestlake High School, Austin
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American Fiction

American Jewish Autobiography

American Jewish Writers

American Lit.: 1620-1860

American Literature, 1620-1800

American Literature, 1800-1860

Doctoral Dissertation Supervision

Honors 1000 (Intro. to College)

Intermediate Expository Writing

Literature and Composition

Major Writers of the American Renaissance

Master's Thesis Supervision

Masterworks of Lit.: American

Research Methods in American Lit.

Rhetoric and Composition

Special Programs
I helped launch the UNT Texas Governor’s School, in the summer of 2007, with a team-taught course titled “Fashioning Ideal Educations: From High School to College”

Supervisor, Honors Thesis

T.A. Supervision and Instruction

The American Novel

Theological Origins of the American Renaissance

Writing Across the Disciplines

toggle toggle Committees
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)CommitteePositionClassification
2010-PresentM.A. Examination CommitteeMemberUNT English Department
2003-PresentUniversity Honors Program Undergraduate Research Committee University of North Texas
1999-PresentUniversity Honors Advisory Board University of North Texas
1993-PresentWindgate Fellowship Award Committeechair or co-chairUNT Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships
1993-PresentJack Kent Cooke Scholarship Nominating Committeechair or co-chairUNT Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships
1993-PresentMorris K. Udall Scholarship Faculty Nominating Committeechair or co-chairUNT Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships
1993-PresentBarry M. Goldwater Scholarship Faculty Screening Committeechair or co-chairUNT Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships
1993-PresentHarry S. Truman Scholarship Selection and Mentoring Committeechair or co-chairUNT Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships
1993-PresentRhodes/Marshall/Mitchell Scholarship Selection and Mentoring Committeechair or co-chairUNT Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships
1993-PresentRotary Ambassadorial Scholarship Mentoring Committeechair or co-chairUNT Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships
2010English Department PACMemberUNT English Department
2009-2010UNT Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award CommitteeFounding ChairUniversity of North Texas
2009-2010Provost’s Committee to Review the Dean of the Honors CollegeMember 
2008-2009UNT English Department M.A. ExaminationReaderUNT English Department
2008M.A. ExamEvaluatorUNT English Department
2001-2005National Association of Fellowships AdvisorsCharter Board MemberUniversity of North Texas
1997-1998Student Evaluation-Form CommitteeChairUNT English Department
1996-1997Committee to create an external advisory board UNT English Department
1995Curriculum Review Committee UNT English Department
1994-1995Americanist Recruitment Subcommittee UNT English Department
1992-1993 Department ChairUNT English Department
1991-1992U.T. President's Administrative Committee UT University-wide
1991-1992Texas Academic Skills Program: Faculty Advisory Committee UT University-wide
1991-1992Faculty SenateSecretaryUT University-wide
1985-1992Rhodes/Marshall Faculty Screening Committee UT College of Liberal Arts
1991Budget Council UT English Department
1990-1991Executive Committee UT English Department
1983-1991Honors Program in EnglishDirectorUT English Department
1984-1986, 1989-1990Library Committee of the General Faculty UT University-wide
1988-1989Recruitment Committee UT English Department
1986-1988Faculty Advisory Committee, University of Texas Press UT University-wide
1986Presidential Committee to Prepare a Memorial Resolution for Professor Emeritus Daniel McKeithan UT University-wide
1985Merit Rewards for Staff Committee of the Faculty Senate UT University-wide
1982-1985University Council/Faculty Senate UT University-wide
1984Committee on Quality in the English Department UT English Department
1984Executive Committee Subcommittee on Lecturers UT English Department
1984Plan I Honors Programs Coordinating Committee, Liberal Arts Advising and Retention Committee UT College of Liberal Arts
1981-1984Religious Studies Committee UT College of Liberal Arts
1981-1984Executive Committee UT English Department
1983Advisory Committee for Recommendations Concerning the Chairmanship of the English Department UT College of Liberal Arts
1982Faculty Senate Committee on the Grievance Procedure UT University-wide
1981Special Committee on Sophomore Masterworks Course UT English Department
1980Task Force on Composition UT English Department
 UNT Faculty Nominating Committee, Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the CapitolMemberUniversity of North Texas
 Rhodes and Marshall Scholarship Faculty Screening CommitteememberUniv. of Texas, Austin
toggle toggle Honors and Recognitions
YearTitleHonoring Organization
2011JudgeNational Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Research Grants (Washington, D.C.)
2010-Newly-elected Member of the Murray Endowment CommitteeHerman Melville Society
2010Guest Judge (I was the first national-scholarship advisor ever invited to participate in these deliberations at the British Consulate General’s Office, in Houston)Houston-Area (Texas, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma) Marshall Scholarship Selection Committee.
2008One of three finalists (national search) for Dean of the Honors CollegeUniversity of Houston
2007Recognition Plaque, For Promoting the Rotary International Scholarships and International Education at The University of North TexasRotary Club of Denton South
2005Outstanding Service AwardNational Association of Fellowships Advisors for service to NAFA from 2001-2005
2005Appreciation CertificateUNT Multicultural Center for a program encouraging minority students to apply for nationally competitive scholarships
2003UNT Summer Commencement Speaker "Trees of Knowledge and Natural Supernaturalism"elected by faculty
2002UNT President's Award (for bringing public recognition, through national scholarship competition and mentoring, to UNT) 
2002"Special Recognition Award," for "Outstanding supporter, advisor, and mentor of Latino students."Presented at the Thirteenth annual Conference--Latinos and the Political Future of Texas
2001UNT was featured in Lori Colliander's Using the Truman Scholarship Competition to Support Student Development: Stories of Success from Eleven InstitutionsWashington, D.C.: Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, 2001
2001Elected to the Executive Council of the American Association of Fellowships Advisors 
2000UNT nominee to serve on the Governing Board of the Jacob K.Javits Society 
2000Recognition Plaque, for "extensively promoting the Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship at the University of North Texas"Rotary Club of Denton South
1997Honorary MembershipGolden Key National Honor Society
1995-1996Special Recognition AwardUNT Ronald E. McNair Program
1995Named to the Advisory Board of the UNT McNair Scholars Program 
1994-1995"Top Prof"UNT Mortar Board
1989Special Research GrantUniversity of Texas Research Institute
1988Decanal recognition for maintaining high academic standards while consistently being ranked, in senior student exit surveys, among those professors from whom graduates of the College of Liberal Arts claim to have learned the most.U.T., Austin
1988-1989William David Blunk Memorial ProfessorshipU.T., Austin
1986Teaching Excellence AwardUT College of Liberal Arts Student Council
1980President's Associates Excellence Award for the Teaching of CompositionUniversity of Texas
1980Summer Research AwardUniversity of Texas Research Institute
1978Finalist, UT Student Government Teaching Excellence Award 
1978Grant-in-Aid AwardAmerican Council of Learned Societies
1976Co-winnerMoses Coit Tyler Award for the year's outstanding essay in American Intellectual and Literary History, Cornell University
1974-1975Continuing Graduate FellowshipCornell University
1972-1973First-Year Graduate FellowshipCornell University
1971-1972Best essay written by a male undergraduateU.Mass
1970-1971Best essay written by a male undergraduateU.Mass
1969-1970Best essay written by a male undergraduateU.Mass
toggle toggle Professional Community Engagement
YearOrganizationRoleType of Service
2010Philip Roth Colloquium of the American Literary AssociationConference Chair, Savannah, GA, October 2010 
2010UNT English DepartmentGreeted job candidate at her lodging and escorted her to campus interview. 
2010UNT English DepartmentMaster's Examination CommitteeMember
2010-2010 (Fall)UNT English DepartmentPAC CommitteMember
2009UNT English DepartmentMaster's Exam Evaluator, Summer 
2009UNT English DepartmentExternal teaching-proficiency evaluator for Professor Marjorie Hayes (Theatre Arts) during her promotion review. 
2008UNT English DepartmentMaster's Exam Evaluator, Summer 
2001-UNT Summer Orientation UNT
1996-1997students seeking entry to the Texas Academy of Math and ScienceFaculty InterviewerUNT
1995-1997 Sunday-school teacher 
1993-1994Jewish Congregation of Denton CountyBoard of Directors 
1991-1993Younger Scholar ProposalsNEH Panelist 
1988annual program of that group at the Modern Language Association meeting in New OrleansConference Chair: Elected by the membership of the Herman Melville Society 
1987-1990Plan II AdmissionsEvaluatorUT
1987UT Liberal Arts Council Workshop: the Letter of Recommendation: Form, Style, and Audience UT
1986College of Liberal Arts: Faculty-Student Rapport Workshop UT
1986Austinplan Essay ContestJudge (for which I received a certificate of appreciation from the Austin City Council) 
1983-1991Honors Colloquium (National Merit Finalists)AdvisingUT
1981Conference 5A Ready Writing Context JudgeChair 
1979-1992UT Orientation Program Writing Workshops UT
1978-1979Texas Pre-law Association Mock LSAT ReviewsFaculty AdvisorUT
1977-1980Undergraduate Pre-registration, Registration, Adds/DropsDirectorUT
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Director, University of Texas Honors Program in English, 1983-91
Under my direction, the Honors Program in English became a coherent, highly structured program of studies in which students completed every required course for the English Major. In 1990, the College of Liberal Arts awarded seven prizes for outstanding honors theses. Four of those awards went to students in the English Honors Program.

Plan II (University of Texas College of Liberal Arts Honors Program) Summer Institute in Intensive Expository Writing, 1984-1991
Freshmen who entered this six-week program devoted (as did I) from eight to thirteen hours a day to their writing and, in many instances, achieved the sort of sophisticated prose style that we expect from our best juniors and seniors.

Rhodes and Marshall Scholarship Faculty Screening Committee, Univ. of Texas, Austin.
For several years prior to my membership on this committee, students from the University of Texas had vied unsuccessfully for either of these awards. Following my appointment to the committee, and after I worked intensively with applicants to prepare them for regional interviews, U.T. produced three Rhodes Scholars and three Marshall Scholars in seven years. During that same period, I coached three students who competed successfully for Mellon Fellowships, and one who vied successfully for a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. In recognition of my contributions, I was appointed Chair of the Rhodes/Marshall Faculty Screening Committee.

UNT Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships (web page http://www.opgf.unt.edu)
As Director of the Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships, at the University of North Texas, I have coordinated the effort that has resulted in our students winning Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships in Mathematics and the Natural Sciences, James Madison Fellowships, Harry S. Truman Scholarships, Fulbright Scholarships (in conjunction with the Study Abroad Program),National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships, Morris K. Udall Scholarships, Gates Millennium Scholarships, P.E.O. International Peace Fellowships, Hispanic Scholarship Fund awards, a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship for Minorities, a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, Jewish Federation Scholarships, and alternate and finalist status in the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, and Monbusho competitions. I have also worked closely with many TAMS students who have prospered in Siemens-Westinghouse and in Intel Science Talent Search competitions. To date, the Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships has helped UNT students collectively earn well over a million dollars in scholarship/fellowship support.

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