Each year at graduation the campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors recognizes one member of this talented faculty for particular excellence in teaching and scholarship, contributions to the academic community through active and positive relations with colleagues and students, and an involved concern for humanity.
This year's recipient has particularly excelled in their willingness and ability to serve others. Whenever a complex, politically sensitive, and crucially important task arises that needs faculty input, administrators and colleagues alike call on our recipient. The person has been elected by their colleagues to four terms on the Faculty Senate, has helped to hire colleagues at every level from the departmental to the Presidential, and has even chaired a department other than their own when need arose.
This faculty member also serves the community beyond the college. They have given talks to Women's Clubs, and worked with Theatre Kapow to help them write and shape a new play about dreams. She has also served Catholic education, serving on the Board of Directors for Villa Augustina, an independent Catholic school in Goffstown NH.
Her service has not precluded her from staying active in her field of Romantic and Victorian English literature. She has published multiple articles and book chapters on the novels of Thomas Hardy and Antonia White, on good girls, convent novels, and courtship rituals. She has presented her work in England, Ireland, France and Canada, and has served as co-host for a major international conference on Dickens here at the College.
Our recipient's impact on students has been huge. Students praise her careful help with their writing in freshman English and her careful training in textual analysis in upper level English courses. She has been a strong supporter of undergraduate research through her founding of the annual Mind Over Major conference and support of SOAR (Showcasing Our Arts and Research). She has championed student writing in her many roles related to that including Director of Freshman Composition and now the Director of College Writing. She may be best known to students for her Darwin and Virginia Woolf Humanities lectures, or the Christmas story/poetry reading in the pub. She is best known to faculty for her wicked sense of humor and ability to find every misplaced comma.
I am honored to present the 2014 AAUP Award for Excellence in Faculty Accomplishment to Professor of English Meoghan B. Cronin.