Clifton Bryant of Blacksburg, professor of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, was conferred the "professor emeritus" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board's quarterly meeting August 27.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who have given exemplary service to the university and who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1972, Bryant made significant research contributions in the sociology of deviance and death and dying, publishing 11 authored or edited books, one four-volume encyclopedia, two, two-volume handbooks, and more than 70 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. In the classroom, Bryant received six departmental and college level teaching awards, and in 2002, was the recipient of the Southern Sociological Society Distinguished Career Award.

Bryant received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Mississippi, and a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University.

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