Paul Sorrentino, the Clifford A. Cutchins III Professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of “professor emeritus” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1978, Sorrentino has made significant contributions to the field of American literature as the acknowledged world expert on the 19th-century American author Stephen Crane.

The author or editor of eight books, Sorrentino also has written more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reviews during his career. His scholarship has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and he also received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

A highly-regarded classroom teacher, Sorrentino received the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award in 2006 and the university's William E. Wine Award in 2005. He was recognized with Virginia Tech’s Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1984 and several certificates of teaching excellence from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. He was also honored with the Outstanding Teacher Award from the South Atlantic Association of Departments of English.

Sorrentino received his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, a master’s degree from Lehigh University, and a Ph.D. from Penn State.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.