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