Assistant Professor of Humanities Robert Strong, PhD., is the 2009 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities for his book-in-progress “Bright Advent.” He previously received a competitive William Randolph Hearst Foundation Research Fellowship for the same work.
Strong will be among the faculty, staff, and scholars highlighted at the College’s 101st Commencement Ceremony, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, outdoors across from French Hall.
“Dr. Strong’s awards are in recognition of his excellent scholarship and creativity,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “His highly successful research has augmented his success with his students. He is respected and admired by the campus community for his seemingly tireless inspiration. We are proud to have him at SUNY Canton.”
His latest book deals with a Puritan and Indian collaborative translation of the Bible in the 1650s and related events leading to King Philip’s War, when more than half of all of the towns in New England were attacked by Native American warriors. Both sides suffered staggering losses in what was proportionately the deadliest war in American History.
“Dr. Strong holds a stellar record of scholarship and commitment to research and professional development,” said Strong’s colleague, Assistant Professor of Humanities Kelly Concannon Mannise. “He embodies campus values and strikes a significant balance between dedication and leadership.”
Strong received his bachelor’s degree in 1991 in History from Boston College, his master’s degree in Writing and Poetics from the Naropa Institute and his doctorate degree in Creative Writing and Literary Studies from the University of Denver in 2004. He has been working at SUNY Canton since 2005, where he teaches courses in writing and literature, in addition to writing his own works.
“Dr. Strong’s success with his students is due in large measure to the extensive scholarly and creative background he incorporates in his classes,” noted the Dean of Business and Liberal Arts Linda A. Heilman. “He consistently seeks to present the best teaching, scholarship and creative activity in his work at the College and beyond.”
The assistant professor previously won the competitive Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship at the Massachusetts Historical Society, which led to his publication of his book “Puritan Spectacle” in 2006. He was the editor of “Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry” in 2007 and authored the poetry book “Brethren: Order of the Seasons” the same year. He has published over 30 poems and authored essays and reviews for the “New England Quarterly,” the “Encyclopedia of African American Literature,” and the “Boston Review,” among others.
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