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05-27-2010

Owen Brady Promoted to Full Professor at Clarkson University

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Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Owen E. Brady III has been promoted from associate to full professor of humanities in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Promotion to professor is considered to be virtually the highest honor that a university can bestow upon its faculty.Owen Brady Promoted to Full Professor at Clarkson University

Brady completed his Ph. D. at the University of Notre Dame in dramatic literature. His scholarly work has focused on African American literature and drama. He has published articles and chapters in books on such authors as Richard Wright, Amiri Baraka, W. H. Auden, Thornton Wilder, and William Shakespeare.

Most recently his scholarship has explored the theme of home, community, and identity in the fiction of Walter Mosley. In 2008, he co-edited with Professor Derek Maus (SUNY Potsdam) Finding a Way Home: A Critical Assessment of Walter Mosley’s Fiction, the first collection of scholarly essays to examine Mosley’s fiction in depth.

Brady’s forthcoming book, Conversations with Walter Mosley, is a collection of the best interviews with Mosley over the past twenty years. The University Press of Mississippi is the publisher of both books.

Brady has regularly published production reviews in prestigious theater journals of plays by ancient, renaissance and modern dramatists such as Sophocles, Euripides, Ben Jonson, Shakespeare, Bertolt Brecht, Anton Chekhov, Tennessee Williams, and Tom Stoppard. He has made numerous scholarly presentations at business, engineering, and literary conferences.

Brady teaches a wide spectrum of courses at Clarkson including Modern Drama, American Drama, Shakespeare, African American Literature, a Seminar on the American Dream, and A Portrait of Japanese Literature and Culture. He has also served widely on university committees, the Faculty Senate, the Administrative Council.

For 12 years he served as dean of liberal studies and helped establish the interdisciplinary humanities and social sciences faculty as well as Arete, a double-major combining liberal arts and business. He has served as faculty advisor for the Clarkson Theater and directed several plays.

Currently, he is Clarkson’s NCAA faculty athletics representative, a member of the ECAC Hockey League Policy Committee, and coordinator for the American Studies degree program. Brady’s service has earned him a number of awards within Clarkson and election to Phalanx, the University’s highest honorary society.

Over his career, Brady has received a number of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Modern Language Association, and the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education. In 1994-95 he garnered a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at Hiroshima University in Japan. For the spring semester of the 2010-2011 academic year, he has won another Fulbright Fellowship to teach and do research at Aristotle University in Greece.

Brady lives in Potsdam with his spouse, Barbara Schofield Brady, who directs Clarkson’s writing center and collaborates with him on scholarly projects.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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