Scottish Literature Expert is Latest Rooney Scholar

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Scottish publishing expert Alistair McCleery is the Rooney International Visiting Scholar for this spring. McCleery is a professor of literature at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, specializing in printing and publishing. He received his Ph.D. from St. Andrews University in Scotland and went on to lecture at St. Andrews and then to Edinburgh Napier University, where he is senior lecturer, reader, and professor. McCleery is the director of the Society of the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing; trustee of Scottish Printing and Archival Trust; and member of Sustainable Cultural Heritage.

As an expert on the history of books, McCleery’s main goal is to preserve Scottish national literature. He contends that publishing is an important part for understanding media and an important field of study for media and journalism students.

“My interest in the Rooney Visiting Scholar Program at RMU stems from a long-standing interest in the internationalization of teaching and research in higher education,” said McCleery.

During his stay at RMU, Alistair will be giving two public lectures at the end of February. He will be hosting a small group of interested students in a book club discussing two contemporary Scottish novels and will host informal gatherings at the Rooney House throughout the semester.

The Rooney International Scholar Program was started 10 years ago with a gift from the Rooney family, who funded the construction of a house in which international educators could live for a semester on the Robert Morris campus. Since its establishment, the program has welcomed more than 30 scholars. The most recent Rooney Scholar was Victor Khrul, a journalist and professor from Moscow State University.  

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