June 09, 2014
Communications and Marketing
Meoghan Cronin, professor of English, is this year's recipient of the AAUP Award for Excellence in Faculty Accomplishment. Beth Salerno, president of the college's chapter of the American Association of University Professors, presented her with the award during the college's commencement exercises on May 17.
Cronin joined the faculty in 1993, having earned a doctorate in English literature at the University of Delaware. She specializes in teaching romantic and Victorian literature.
Cronin served four terms on the Faculty Senate and participated on numerous committees. She has served as coordinator of freshman composition, interim director of the Abbey Players, and advisor for The Oxford Companions, the student English club. She is currently the director of college writing.
"Students praise her careful help with their writing in freshman English and her textual analysis in upper level English courses," Salerno said, also citing Cronin's founding of the annual Mind over Major conference and her support of SOAR (Showcasing Our Arts and Research).
She is remembered by many students for her humanities lectures on Darwin and Virginia Woolf. In addition, Salerno said, the professor is well known among her colleagues for her "wicked sense of humor and ability to find every misplaced comma."