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05-19-2017

Sarah Melville Promoted to Full Professor at Clarkson University

Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Sarah Melville has been promoted from associate professor to full professor of humanities & social sciences in the School of Arts & Sciences. Promotion to professor is considered to be virtually the highest honor that a university can bestow upon its faculty.

Sarah MelvilleMelville has published a monograph and several articles on Neo-Assyrian royal women and their status at court as well as studies on the meaning and composition of ancient art. Her specialization is the Neo-Assyrian period (c. 1000-612 B.C.).

More recently, she has concentrated on Assyrian military warfare, publishing articles on methods of imperial expansion, the interpretation of conflicting battle accounts, the role of ritual in warfare and a military-cultural analysis of the collapse of the Assyrian Empire.

Her new book, The Campaigns of Sargon II, King of Assyria 721-705 BC, is the first biography of an Assyrian king. The book sheds new light on the varied methods of Assyrian imperialism and the complex geopolitics of the period in question.

Since coming to Clarkson in 1996, Melville has taught a wide range of history courses on various aspects of ancient history, including Greek and Roman warfare, ancient medicine, and science, technology and society.

In addition, Melville created and teaches War and Society, the foundation course for the war studies minor, which she also helped to develop. Clarkson is one of the few schools in the country that offers interdisciplinary war studies.

Melville is an active participant in the fields of Assyriology and war studies, regularly presenting papers at conferences both here and abroad. She has completed the U.S. Army’s Military History Instructors Course at the Combat Studies Institute, Fort Leavenworth, and won a fellowship to the West Point Summer Seminar in Military History (2008).

Melville earned a master of philosophy degree and Ph.D. in near eastern languages and civilizations (Assyriology) at Yale University, a master of arts in art history and archaeology at the University of Missouri at Columbia, and a bachelor of arts in ancient studies at Smith College.

She is married to Duncan Melville, a professor of mathematics at St. Lawrence University, and they have three grown sons.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, 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 innovation with enterprise.

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