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Clarkson University’s John Serio to Be Named Professor Emeritus

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Humanities Professor John N. Serio will be named professor emeritus at Clarkson University’s 117th Commencement on Saturday, May 8. Serio is being honored for 36 years of exemplary service to the University. Clarkson University’s John Serio to Be Named Professor Emeritus

Serio taught courses in American literature, especially poetry and the short story, as well as first-year courses, and is recognized by his peers worldwide as an expert on the poetry of Wallace Stevens.

Serio has been editor of The Wallace Stevens Journal for more than 25 years. The Wallace Stevens Society, which has its editorial and administrative offices at Clarkson, publishes the journal. The journal includes scholarly articles, poems, book reviews, news and bibliographies related to the poetry and life of Wallace Stevens.

Serio has written 22 articles and six books, which focused on Stevens and modern American poetry. He was chosen by Cambridge University Press to edit a collection of criticism on Stevens, and by Alfred A. Knopf to edit Stevens’ Selected Poems. He was awarded the Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement in 1990.

Serio received Fulbright Grants in 1993 and 1998, and participated in the Semester at Sea program in 2005 and 2009. He was also the recipient of two Mellon curriculum development grants and three NEH summer seminar grants.

He has served on more than 30 departmental and University committees over the years, including the University Tenure Committee and the Sabbatical Leave Review Committee.

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