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writer , literature and language educator

James Rodney McConkey, American literature and language educator, writer. Guggenheim fellow, 1970; Eugene Saxton Memorial Trust Fund fellow, 1962; recipient National Endowment of Arts essay award, 1968, American Academy and Institute Arts and Letters award in literature, 1979. Served with United States Army, 1943-1945.

Background

McConkey, James Rodney was born on September 2, 1921 in Lakewood, Ohio, United States. Son of Clayton Delano and Grace (Baird) McConkey.

Education

Bachelor, Cleveland College, 1943. Master of Arts, Western Reserve University, 1946. Doctor of Philosophy, University Iowa, 1953.

Career

Teaching fellow, instructor, Cleveland College, 1945-1946;teaching assistant, U. Iowa, Iowa City, 1949-1950;assistant professor, Morehead State College, Kentucky, 1950-1954;associate professor, Morehead State College, Kentucky, 1954-1956;assistant professor, Cornell Univercity, Ithaca, New York, 1956-1962;associate professor, Cornell Univercity, Ithaca, New York, 1962-1967;professor, Cornell Univercity, Ithaca, New York, 1967-1987;Goldwin Smith Professor of English literature, Cornell Univercity, Ithaca, New York, 1987-1992;Goldwin Smith professor emeritus, since 1992. Director Morehead Writers Workshop, 1951-1956, Antioch Seminar in Writing and Public, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1957-1959.

Works

Membership

Served with United States Army, 1943-1945.

Connections

Married Gladys Jean Voorhees, May 6, 1944. Children: Lawrence Clark, John Crispin, James Clayton.

father:
Clayton Delano McConkey

mother:
Grace (Baird) McConkey

spouse:
Gladys Jean Voorhees

children:
Lawrence Clark McConkey

John Crispin McConkey

James Clayton McConkey