Inspired by his high school English teacher, Dr. Clinton J. Machann delved into the realm of English literature and rhetoric from an early age. During his undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University, he majored in journalism and worked for a local newspaper. After earning a bachelor’s degree in 1969, he served as a teacher at Texas Public Schools in Houston for two years before becoming a teaching assistant at his doctoral-level alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin. Hired in 1971 as a teaching assistant, he served in that capacity until obtaining his PhD in 1976.
Dr. Machann was hired by Texas A&M University in College Station in 1976. Enthralled by his experiences as an English educator, he served as a professor of English for more than 40 years before attaining emeritus status in 2017. During his time teaching, he was notably a Fulbright lecturer at Charles University in Prague in 1990 and remained chairman of the board of directors of the Czech Educational Foundation in Texas from 1995 to 2019.
A longtime member of the Modern Language Association, Dr. Machann considers his tenure at Texas A&M University to be the crowning achievement of his career. While teaching, he has also contributed as an author and editor of multiple works in Czech history, as well as Victorian literature. He considers his marriage to his wife Virginia Brown, a student of American literature, to also be a highlight of his life. Currently, Dr. Machann is working with his daughter on an article that analyzes the usage of punctuation in the works of Matthew Arnold.
A celebrated Marquis listee, Dr. Machann has been featured in the 55th through 58th editions of Who’s Who in America between 2000 and 2003, as well as the seventh edition of Who’s Who in American Education in 2005. His advice to aspiring educators and literary professionals is to specialize in his or her students’ backgrounds, becoming integrated with the student within the world of academia. He notes that interacting with students and building healthy relationships with them is integral to their professional understanding, as well as encouraging students to follow their interests and talents.
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