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Craig named professor emeritus at Clarkson

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POTSDAM - Professor of Humanities David M. Craig was named professor emeritus at Clarkson University’s 119th Commencement on Saturday. Craig was honored for 35 years of exemplary service to the university.

He made his greatest and most lasting contribution to the university as founding director of the Honors Program. Among the achievements of the program under Craig’s direction were its innovative problem-based curriculum; its research program; its ability to attract, graduate, and place top-ability students; and the high number of Goldwater Scholars it has produced.

From 2007-2010, Craig also served as head of the Clarkson School.

As a dedicated and talented teacher, Craig taught courses in American literature with an emphasis on the novel, and, for many years, taught the Great Ideas courses.

A serious scholar, Craig is the author of the book Tilting at Mortality: Narrative Strategies in Joseph Heller’s Fiction, which was named a Choice “Outstanding Academic Book,” as well as more than two dozen peer-reviewed articles in publications such as the CEA Critic, War Literature and the Arts, Aethlon, the Dickens Studies Annual and the Centennial Review.

Craig was a senior Fulbright lecturer at the University of Nis in Yugoslavia in 1981, a Mellon Scholar in 1980 and again in 1984, and the recipient of three summer seminar grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Among other honors, Craig received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the St. Lawrence Section of the American Society for Engineering Education, the Clarkson University Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Clarkson Student Association Outstanding Teaching Award. He served on more than 35 departmental and University committees.

Craig received his Ph.D. in prose fiction genre and his A.B. in English from the University of Notre Dame, and his M.A. in English from the University of Nebraska.

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