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05-04-2015

Owen Brady to be Named Professor Emeritus at Clarkson University

Professor of Humanities Owen E. Brady III will be named professor emeritus at Clarkson University's 122nd Commencement on May 9. He will be honored for 40 years of exemplary service to the University.

Owen E. Brady IIIHe began his career at Clarkson in 1975 as assistant professor of humanities. At then-President Robert Plane’s request, following his tenure and promotion to associate professor in 1981, Brady became dean of the newly constituted School of Liberal Studies. He held that position for 13 years, leading important initiatives such as writing across the curriculum and administering a $160,000 Mellon Foundation Grant to transition to a new curriculum, which included a new two-semester course, Great Ideas in Western Literature.

“Though it's not a traditional liberal arts college, Clarkson has always had an active humanities and social sciences faculty,” he says. “I'm happy to have had opportunities to collaborate with people from engineering and business. Our courses are interdisciplinary, so we have flexibility in what we teach. I hope I've contributed something to Clarkson that may be enduring.”

“I also enjoy the energy and work ethic of Clarkson students. I enjoy being with students,” he says.
For 10 years, he was a faculty athletic representative and worked closely with coaches in every sport to help make sure the scholar-athletes' welfare is protected.

Regarded as the model of the Clarkson teacher-scholar, Brady teamed with colleague Michael Bommer in the School of Business to help create the Arete Program, an innovative double major in liberal arts and business. This program was funded by a $175,000 FIPSE grant that Brady co-wrote. In addition, he has served on more than 20 departmental and university committees. He received three of the highest service awards at Clarkson: the Phalanx Commendable Service Award (2003), the Phalanx Commendable Leadership Award (2008) and the Phalanx Award (2008).

In addition to several National Endowment for the Humanities grants, he received Fulbright Fellowships in 1994 and 2011 to Japan and Greece, respectively. He developed and offered courses in African-American literature, and published two books on African-American author Walter Mosley. In 2014, he was honored to be one of four distinguished international scholars to speak on Mosley's work at the Langston Hughes Festival at the City College of New York.

“Clarkson gave me a sabbatical for the fall, so my wife and I sold our house and moved to Virginia in August,” he says. “It's been nice. The Fredericksburg area is rich in history and there are many activities we enjoy. I have some academic connections and plan to keep writing. I'm not going to give up on 40 years of that. In fact, I just submitted an essay for a collection of scholarship on Shakespeare.”

Brady received his Ph.D. and master of arts degree in dramatic literature from the University of Notre Dame. He received his bachelor of arts degree in English from Illinois Benedictine College.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five 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.

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