Detailed Information for James King

Dr. James R. King 
History
 » Associate Professor
Office Location
O'Donohoe Hall 214 
Phone
Voice: (940) 397-4151
Fax: (940) 397-4899
 
 

Contact Information

james.king@mwsu.edu

My Websites

http://faculty.mwsu.edu/history/james.king

Interests

Teaching Responsibilities:

United States History:

Although I did not do any graduate level work in U.S. History, the needs of the department in the 1970s as we progressively lost one teaching position after another made it imperative for me to develop the course. I added to the courses I taught late in that decade. In the 1980s, together with Dr. Michael Collins, I shared in the development of the History Telecourse at MSU. After a number years interval when Dr. Everett Kindig had taken over the course, I resumed teaching the second semester of the course (1233) which I continued to teach until 2001.

Western Civilization:

This was the course I was involved in as a teaching assistant at the University of Iowa. I also taught it at Loras College in 1964-65. Furthermore I taught as an extension course at Graham High School for one year.

 

World Civilization:

This course was being taught by the department when I joined the faculty. It was team-taught and the department decided to drop the course because of the extreme dislike expressed by the students to team-teaching.

Medieval Church (Loras College, 1964-65)

Humanities (Honors) 1975-76; Spring 1978; 1978-79; and 1980-81.

History of England

Medieval England

Ancient History

Ancient Greece and Rome

Europe in the Middle Ages (both as a one and two semester course)

Renaissance and Reformation

Age of Enlightenment

Historiography (Graduate)

Graduate Seminars:

Medieval Institutions

The Reformation and Politics

Institutions and Reform

World Cultures and Religions:

Dr. Dirk Lindemann and I initiated this course and shared in its development a number of years ago. I dealt with Judaism and Christianity and he dealt with Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. When the department was required to make it a part of a single individual’s teaching load, I took over the entire course since Dr. Lindemann has a more extensive regular teaching load than mine.


Course Information

  Semester Course #    Section Course Name Location Days / Times
Details Fall 2012 5233  101  Ancient Greece and Rome    Prothro-Yeager Hall 202

TR 9:30 AM to 10:50 AM

Details Fall 2012 3233  101  Ancient Greece and Rome    Prothro-Yeager Hall 202

TR 9:30 AM to 10:50 AM

Details Fall 2012 1433  101  Survey Western Civilization    Prothro-Yeager Hall 103

MWF 11 AM to 11:50 AM

Details Fall 2012 1333  101  Survey Western Civilization    Prothro-Yeager Hall 103

MWF 9 AM to 9:50 AM

Details Fall 2012 1133  180  United States to 1865    Prothro-Yeager Hall 103

TR 5:30 PM to 6:50 PM

Details Summer II 2012 3133  401  World Religions and Cultures    Prothro-Yeager Hall 202

MTWR 10:10 AM - 12:10 PM

Details Summer II 2012 1433  401  Western Civilization    Dillard College of Business Administration 101

MTWR 8 AM - 10 AM

Details Spring 2012 4253  201  Renaissance and Reformation    Prothro-Yeager Hall 202

Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 AM to 10:50 AM

Details Spring 2012 1433  201  Western Civilization    Dillard College of Business Administration 101

MWF 10:00 AM to 10:50

Details Spring 2012 1333  201  Western Civilization    Dillard College of Business Administration 101

MWF 9 AM to 9:50 AM

Details Spring 2012 1233  280  United States History since 1865    Prothro-Yeager Hall 103

Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 PM - 6:50 PM

Details Fall 2011 5213  201  Europe in the Middle Ages    Prothro-Yeager Hall 202

MWF 10 AM - 10:50 AM

Details Fall 2011 4213  201  Europe in the Middle Ages    Prothro-Yeager Hall 202

MWF 10 AM - 10:50 AM

Details Fall 2011 1433  101  Western Civilization    Prothro-Yeager Hall 202

MWF 9 AM - 9:50 AM

Details Fall 2011 1333  101  Survey of Western Civilization    Prothro-Yeager Hall 103

MWF 9 AM to 9:50 AM

Details Fall 2011 1133  180  Survey American History to 1865    Prothro-Yeager Hall 103

TR 5:30 PM to 6:50 PM

Details Summer II 2011 3133  401  World Religions and Cultures    Prothro-Yeager Hall 202

MTWR 10:10 AM - 12:10 PM

Details Summer II 2011 1433  401  Western Civilization    Prothro-Yeager Hall 202

MTWR 8 AM - 10 AM

Details Spring 2011 3133  201  Comparative World Religions and Cultures    Prothro-Yeager Hall 103

Tuesday Thursday 12:30 PM 1:50 PM

Details Spring 2011 1433  201  Western Civilization    Prothro-Yeager Hall 103

Tuesday Thursday 9:30 to 10:50

Details Spring 2011 1333  201  Western Civilization    Dillard College of Business Administration 129

MWF 9 AM to 9:50 AM

Details Spring 2011 1133  270  United States History to 1865    Prothro-Yeager Hall PY 103

MW 5:30 PM to 6:50 PM

Details Fall 2010 5103  101  Medievil England    Prothro-Yeager Hall 202

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 AM

Details Fall 2010 3103  101  Medievil England    Prothro-Yeager Hall 202

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 AM

Details Fall 2010 1433  101  Western Civilization     Prothro-Yeager Hall 100

Tuesday and Thursday - 9:30 to 10:50

Details Fall 2010 1333  102  Western Civilization    Prothro-Yeager Hall 103

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - 11 AM

Details Fall 2010 1233  180  United States History since 1865    Prothro-Yeager Hall 103

Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 PM - 6:50 PM




Education Background

Institution Degree    Graduation Date
University of Iowa MA Aug 5 1964 12:00AM 
University of Iowa Ph.D. Dec 22 1972 12:00AM 
Loras College AB Jun 2 1957 12:00AM 



Employment Background

Institution Position Start Date / End Date
 Univeristy of Iowa  Teaching Assistant  1963  1964
 Loras College  Instructor  1964  1965
 Univeristy of Iowa  Graduate Teaching Assistant  1965  1966
 Midwestern State Univeristy  Assistant Professor  1972  1973
 University of Iowa  Research Assistant for Dr. Robert Kingdon  January 1, 1963  September 1, 1963
 University of Iowa  Departmental Administrator Assistant  September 1, 1966  August 1, 1967
 Midwestern State Univeristy  Instructor  September 1, 1968  January 1, 1973
 Midwestern State University  Associate Professor  September 1, 1973  Present



Research and Publications

    Publications:
    
    Referreed Works:
            “The Mysterious Case of the ‘Mad’ Rector of Bletchingdon: The Treatment of Mentally Ill Clergy in Late Thirteenth-Century England,” in Madness in Medieval Law and Custom, ed. Wendy J. Turner (Leiden and Boston, Brill Press, 2010), 57-80.
            “The Friar Tuck Syndrome: Clerical Violence and the Barons’ War,” in The Final Argument: The Imprint of Violence on Society in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, ed. Donald Kagay and L.J. Andrew Villalon (Woodbridge, Suffolk, U.K.: The Boydell Press, 1998), 27-52.

    Non-referreed Works:
            “Bishops, Priests, and Monks: The Clerical World of the Medieval Diocese,” in Midwestern State University Faculty Papers (Series 3, Vol. XVI, 2004-2006).  This paper was a presentation for a general audience concerning the research project I have been pursuing since 1998.
        “Henry III, King of England: Good King-Bad King, Strong King-Weak King,” in                           MSU Faculty Papers (1997-2000).
            “The Papal Curia and the Investiture Controversy,” in MSU Faculty Papers, (1978-79).
            “Aristocratic Revolution: the English Barons and the Clergy in Simon de Montfort’s Rebellion,” in MSU Faculty Papers (1975-76).

    Works in Progress:
       
    I am continuing work on a book manuscript which deals with the English diocese of Lincoln in the thirteenth century (discussed more extensively in the section on scholarly activity).    


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    Papers Presented:
                                       
            “Benedictine Monastic Houses and their Patronage of Parish Churches in Thirteenth-Century England,” at the annual conference of the Mid-America Medieval Association [hereafter, MAMA], presented at the Conception Abbey and Conception Seminary College in Northern Missouri (February 25, 2010).
        “Episcopal Response to the Constitution “Cum ex eo,” of Boniface VIII in Late
            Thirteenth and early Fourteenth-Century England,” at the Forty-fourth
            International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University
            (May 2009)
            “Bishop Hugh of Welles and His Campaign to Educate the Clergy of the Diocese of Lincoln,” at the Forty-second International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (May 2007).
            “Penitential and Disciplinary Practices in the Later Middle Ages,” Conference of the Mid-America Medieval Association, University of Missouri-Kansas City (February 2007).
            “Simon de Montfort’s Rebellion: Barons’ War or Peasants’ Revolt,” Forty-first International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, (May 2006).
            “The English Common Law and the Clergy,” annual conference of the Texas Medieval Association [hereafter TEMA], University of Houston (October 2005)
            “Walter de Cantilupe and the Bishops: Age influencing Youth,” at the International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, UK (July 2005).
            “Miracles as Responses to Political and Social Unrest in Medieval England,” at the Fortieth International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (May 2005).
            “The Mysterious Case of the Mad Rector of Bletchingdon: The Treatment of Mentally Incompetent Clergy in Late Thirteenth-Century England,” at the Thirty-ninth International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (May 2004).   This paper is the basis for the chapter included in newly published volume on the mentally ill in late medieval England by Brill.
            (See above under publications).
            “Violence and Parish Churches in Thirteenth-Century England,” MAMA, University of Missouri, Columbia (February 2004).
            “Bishops, Monks and Priests: A Detailed Examination of a Medieval Diocese,” Midwestern University Faculty Forum.
            “A Medieval Bishop as Workaholic: Oliver Sutton of Lincoln,” MAMA annual conference, University of Missouri, Kansas City (February 2003).
            “Bishops, Abbots, Priors and the Royal Courts: The struggle for Clerical Property Rights in early thirteenth-century England,” TEMA, St. Thomas University, Houston (October 2002)


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            “Rebel vs. Royalist Bishops and the Clerical Leadership of England during the Barons’ War (1263-1267),” TEMA, University of St. Thomas, Houston (October 2002).
            “Bishops’ Registers and Social History,” MAMA, University of Missouri-Kansas City (February 2001)
            “Monastics and the English Pastoral Clergy,” MAMA, University of Missouri-Kansas City (February 1999).
            “ King Henry III of England: Good King, Bad King?”   This was a shorter version of my MSU Faculty Forum paper.  It was delivered as the Presidential Address at the annual conference of the Texas Medieval Association, Trinity University, San Antonia (September 1998).
            “King Henry III of England: Good King, Bad King–Strong King, Weak King?” Midwestern State University Faculty Forum (1998).
            “Where were the Friars?” MAMA, University of Missouri-Kansas City (February 1997)
            “The Nature of Aristocratic Rebellion,” TEMA, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonia (September 1993).
            “Aristocrats, Curiales, and Bishops: The Brothers Giffard,” MAMA, University of Missouri-Kansas City (February 1993)
            “Institutions and Reform: The Case of the Medieval Church and the Reformation,” Inaugural Alpha Chi Lecture, Midwestern State Unversity (1984).
            “The Lesser English Clergy and the Barons’ War of 1264-1267,” Western Conference on British Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder (October 1983).
            “Prelates and Rebellion: The English Bishops and the Barons’ War,” Rocky Mountain Conference on British Studies, Salt Lake City, Utah (September 1282)
            “The English Legal Records and Social History: The Case of the Clergy and Simon de Montfort’s Rebellion,” MAMA, Emporia State University (February 1980)
            “The Papal Curia and the Investiture Controversy,” Midwestern State University Faculty Forum (1978).
            “Aristocratic Revolution: The English Barons and Clergy in Simon de Montfort’s Rebellion,” Midwestern State University Faculty Forum (1976)

    Additional Scholarly Activity:
            I served as the first editor of the MSU Press from 1981 to 1983.   As editor I supervised the publication of its first work A Pictorial History of Wichita Falls.  The book was conceived as a contribution to the celebration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the city by Michael Duty, then curator of the Wichita Falls Museum and Art Center who wrote the introduction.   
            I was also editor of the MSU Faculty Papers from 1977 to 1982.   At that time
        Faculty Papers printed off-campus on state controlled contracts which meant that I
        regularly dealt with printing houses in Austin.




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    Professional Involvements:
       
    Offices Held:
        I am a founding member of the Texas Medieval Association which was inspired by the success as a regional association of the Mid-America Medieval Association.   A number of faculty, graduate students and independent scholars working in Texas decided that we could create a similar organization at a meeting of MAMA in Denton, Texas.   TEMA formally began at a meeting at SMU a few months later.   Since then I have served as a member of the board of the association and in 1996, I was elected president for 1997-1998.   I recently returned from our twentieth annual conference which was held at SMU to celebrate twenty outstanding years as one of the nations most successful regional organizations on Medieval Studies.

    Sessions Chaired at Academic Meetings:

            Moderator of a Round Table discussion of recent historiographical movements in Medieval Military History, at the annual conference of the Texas Medieval Association on the campus of Southern Methodist University, September 24-26, 2010.
        On “The Unquiet Isle: Examinations of Medieval England,” at  the annual conference
            of the Texas Medieval Association (as above and hereafter TEMA).
            On “The Crusades: New Directions,” at the Forty-fifth International Congress on Medieval Studies on the campus of Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 13-16, 2010 [this the most important single conference on medieval studies in the world].
            On “East and West: In Tears, Travel, and Council.” at the annual conference of the Mid-America Medieval Association (hereafter MAMA), at Conception Abbey and Seminary College in Northern Missouri, February 26, 2010.
            On “Written and Visual Records in Medieval Culture” (October 23), and “Ancient Religious Survivals and Medieval Critiques of Orthodox Christianity” (October 24), at the annual conference of the TEMA, October 22-24, 2009 at the University of Texas, Austin, 2009.
            On “Ancient Religious Survivals and Medieval Critiques of Orthodox Christianity.” at the annual conference of TEMA (October 22-24, 2009) at the University of Texas-Austin.
            On Medieval Governments at War: Administrative Elements, at the annual conference of  TEMA, Texas Tech University (October 2008)
            On Patronage and Piety in Medieval Society, at the Annual Conference of MAMA at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (February 2009).
        Undergraduate Papers on American History presented at the National Convention
            of Alpha Chi at Indianapolis, Indiana (April 2009).


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        On the Historiography of the Crusades, at the Forty-fourth International Congress
            of Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (May 2009)
            On Emotional Outbursts in Medieval Law, at the Forty-third International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (May 2008).
            On the Correspondence of St. Anselm of Canterbury, Forty-first Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (May 2006)
                            On Episcopal Reform and Action in Medieval Europe, Fortieth International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (May 2005).
            Undergraduate papers presented at the bi-regional conference of Alpha Chi at Paul Quinn University, Dallas, TX in April 2006.
            On Lay and Ecclesiastical Political Clashes in Medieval Europe, at the International Medieval Congress, at the University of Leeds, UK (July 2005)
            History Session for undergraduate papers at the National Convention of Alpha Chi, St. Louis, Missouri (April 2005)
            On Medieval England, MAMA, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri (February 2005)
            As both chair and commentator for two Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society), one on Ancient and the other on Medieval History, Southwest Social Science annual Conference, San Antonio, TX (April 2003).        
            A session of undergraduate papers at the 2002 Regional Convention of Alpha Chi at the University of Texas, Arlington (April 2002)
            On Medieval Art and Architecture, TEMA, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX (September 2001)
            On Medieval England, TEMA, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX (September 1998)
            On Medieval Church History, TEMA, University of Texas, Arlington, TX (September 1997)
            On Medieval Warfare, TEMA, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX (September 1995)
            On Medieval History, Phi Alpha Theta Session-History Honor Society, Southwestern Social Science Annual Conference, Dallas, TX (March 1995)
            On Medieval Church History, TEMA, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX (September 1994)
            On 18th and 19th Century English History, Phi Alpha Theta-History Honor Society, Southwestern Social Sciences Association Conference, Fort Worth, TX (March 1989)
            On 16th Century England, Western Conference on British Studies, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico (October 1984).







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    Professional Associations:
            Texas Medieval Association.
        Member of the Mid-America Medieval Association since 1978, its second year of            existence and I have attended almost every annual conference of the association          since then.
        In addition I am a member of the following professional associations:
            Western Conference on British Studies
            The Lincoln Record Society (UK)
            The Friends of the Institute for Historical Research, University of London
            The Institute for Medieval Studies, the University of Leeds, UK
                The White Hart Society (Dedicated to the Study of Late Medieval England)
            Episcopus (Dedicated to the Study of Medieval Bishops)
        An honorary member of the following Honor Societies:
            Phi Alpha Theta
            Phi Eta Sigma
            Alpha Chi


SERVICE:

    University:

    Committees:

        Core Curriculum Committee (Two separate three year terms)on the original Core Curriculum Committee (1977-1980).   At the present time I am the only continuing member of the faculty who served on that committee for its entire term.   Dr. Rogers chaired the committee and Dr. Rodney Cate joined the committee in its second year.   I authored the statement on the purpose of the core when it was finally approved.  

        The second term on the committee (2006-2008) was dominated by the demands for
        assessment of the core’s effectiveness from the Texas Coordinating Board and the Southern Association.  

    Standing and Ad Hoc Committees:
        The Library Committee.
        Pre-Law Committee
        Pre-Med Committee
        Who’s Who Committee (chaired), 1979-1980.
        Honors Program Committee:
            Member (1980-1984)
            Chair (1987-1991)
        Ad Hoc Committee on Student Retention

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            Ad Hoc Committee to evaluate the Effectiveness of the Faculty Development Leave program
            Ad Hoc Committee to nominate a Division Chair for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
        Authored  the statement on University Purpose for the Self-Study in 1980, and on the              Undergraduate Education Committee for the Self-Study of 1990.
            I have also served on many ad-hoc committees involving Student Retention, Division Curriculum, Selection of Division Chairs, and so on.
            I served as Acting Chairman of the Department of History from May to December 1979.
            I served as the first editor of the MSU Press and supervised the publication of its first work, A Pictorial History of Wichita Falls (1982).
            For the five years from 1977 to 1982, I served as editor of the MSU Faculty Papers.

            For the past twenty years, my major university activity has been as the Official Sponsor of Alpha Chi, the university’s National Honor Society for Juniors and Seniors.  I became sponsor in the fall of 1990 and continued in that position until 2006..   I continue serve as an Associate Sponsor for Alpha Chi although Dr. Pamela Stephens has assumed the responsibilities of Chief Sponsor.
            As Alpha Chi sponsor, I participated in the annual Honors Symposiums which were sponsored by the MSU Honor societies until they were cancelled in 1997.
            I participated in the annual College Bowl Competition sponsored by Alpha
            Chi as well as the selection and training of the university varsity college bowl
            team for many years in the 1990s (Alpha Chi still attempts to support College Bowl although the direction of the College competition and the university team has been almost wholly done by Dr. Mark Farris in the recent past).   In 1994, I joined Dr. Campbell and Dr. Charles Ramser as advisors of our College Bowl team at the national championship on the campus of the University of Florida at Gainsville.

        Professional Service:
            Vice-President and President of the Texas Medieval Association
                (1995-1998)
            Vice-President and President of Region I of Alpha Chi (2000-2004)

        Community Service:
            Provided an address on life and culture of the Classical Greek community
                for the Greek Fortnight program of 2011.
                Address to the Kiwanis Club of Wichita Falls on the topic of History and Integrity in Society (Spring 2007.




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                A monthly series of lectures on Church History for a Sunday School class at First Methodist Church of Wichita Falls (Summer 2004).  I am not a member of the church.  I am a member of the parish of Our Lady Queen of Peace.   The lectures were at the request of members who know me.
                Another series of lectures on early and medieval Church History at First Methodist (summer 2003)
                Lecture on the Scots-Irish in America for the Wichita County Genealogical Society (Spring 1997)
                Served on the Scholarship Selection Committee for the annual grants by the Sheppard Air Force Base Officers’ Wives Club (1992-97)
                Lectures on Church History for youth groups at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1993)
                Lectures again on Medieval and Reformation Church History for several different study groups at First Methodist Church (1991-1994)
                Address to the Downtown Rotary Club of Wichita Falls on Winston Churchill (1990)
                Served as a consultant for the Academic Decathlon Team of Wichita Falls High School (Fall 1987)
                A series of lectures on the Renaissance for the Senior Humanities Class of S. H. Rider High School (1987)
                Address to the Rotary Club of Burkburnett on the Writing of the United States Constitution (Summer 1987)
                Address to the Wichita Falls Chapter of the DAR at the Womens’ Forum on the background and education of the authors of the U.S. Constitution in September 1986 marking their commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the Constitution.   (The Annapolis Convention which initiated the Constitutional Convention met in
                 September 1986)
                Lectures on medieval England for the combined senior English classes at S. H. Rider High School (Fall 1885)
                Address to the Annual Convocation of the National Honors Society at S. H. Rider High School (Fall 1984)
                A Lenten series on the Medieval Church for All Saints Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls (March 1980)
                Lecture to the MSU Anthropology Society on the Study of History (March 1980)
                Address to the Annual Convocation of the National Honors Society of Munday High School (December 1980)
                Address to the National Honors Society of Wichita Falls High Schools (a combined meeting of all three schools–1979)



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        Awards and Honors:
                Chosen by the members of Alpha Chi as Outstanding member of the faculty for the inaugural Alpha Chi Lecture (1984)
            Nominated for the Faculty Award by Mortar Board (1998)
                Nominated for the Piper Professor Award by the faculty of the Prothro-Yeager College of Humanities and Social Sciences (2005).