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Kay Mussell

Professor Emerita Department of Literature

Kay Mussell joined AU in 1974 and has held multiple positions, including Professor of Literature and American Studies; Director of the American Studies, College Writing, and Honors Programs; and Associate Dean positions in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs. She was Dean of the College from 1999-2009. She is the author of Women's Gothic and Romantic Fiction: A Reference Guide and Fantasy and Reconciliation: Contemporary Formulas of Women's Romance Fiction. She has also published articles and book reviews on women's popular culture, American foodways, and higher education. A multiple American University award winner, Mussell has received the CAS: Faculty-Administrator Award (1996) and Contributions to Academic Development (1990). In 2007, she was honored by the University of Iowa with a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.

Degrees

PhD & MA, American Civilization, University of Iowa
BA, English Education, University of Iowa

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See Also
College of Arts & Sciences
Literature Department

Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing

    Member

  • American Studies Association

    Member

  • Studies in Popular Culture

    Advisory Board Member

  • Para*doxa: Studies in World Literary Genres

    Editorial Board Member

  • University of Massachusetts Press

    Manuscript Reader

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

       
  • University of Iowa with a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award (2007)
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  • College of Arts and Sciences: Faculty-Administrator Award (1996)
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  • College of Arts and Sciences: Contributions to Academic Development (1990)
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  • University Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Development (1986)
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  • University Faculty Award for Outstanding Service (1980)
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  • College of Arts & Sciences: Outstanding Academic Program Development (1978)

Selected Publications

       
  • Women's Gothic and Romantic Fiction: A Reference Guide
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  • Fantasy and Reconciliation: Contemporary Formulas of Women's Romance Fiction.
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  • Ethnic and Regional Foodways in the United States:  The Performance of Group Identity (coeditor)
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  • North American Romance Writers (coeditor)

AU News and Achievements

Fond Farewell

Fond Farewell

CAS thanks Dean Kay Mussell for her service to the school and wishes her well as she moves into the …

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