C. Randall Cluff is a professor of English at Southern Virginia University.
Dr. Cluff joined the faculty in 1997. His research focuses on nineteenth century American Literature and the History of the Book, with an emphasis in publishing history. His articles have appeared in Melville Society Extracts, Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, and American National Biography.
In July 2006 he was selected to participate in a week-long seminar in the short novels of Herman Melville sponsored by the National Humanities center. In June of 2003, he was selected to present portions of his research at the Melville Society International Conference on Melville and the Pacific in Hawaii. He has presented other papers to the Shenandoah Language and Linguistics Symposium, the American Literature Association, the Society for the Study of Multi-ethnic Literature of the United States, and the LeMoyne Forum of Religion and Literature. His main teaching interests include nineteenth and twentieth century American literature, classical literature, the novel, drama, and playwriting.
Shortly after coming to Southern Virginia, he was appointed to a three-year term as Chair of the Arts and Humanities Division. He currently serves as the English Program Coordinator. Dr. Cluff brings diverse experience to the classroom. He worked three years as a firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician for the Orem Utah Fire Department, and later owned and operated a medical supply business for ten years in San Diego, which he sold to pursue his doctorate.
Before coming to Southern Virginia, he studied and taught at San Diego State University and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He has appeared on the university stage in productions of Fiddler on the Roof, The Secret Garden and Man of La Mancha. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and currently serves as the high priest group leader of the Rockbridge Ward. He and his wife, the former Melody Allred, reside in Buena Vista, Va., and are the parents of five children, and have one grandchild.
B.A., Brigham Young University, 1986; M.A., San Diego State University, 1991; Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 1997
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