Faculty bring acclaim to UConn

Two CLAS faculty members won major national awards recently from professional associations in their fields.

Martha J. Cutter, associate professor of English, editor of MELUS (The Journal for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States), won the Tallgrass Award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals for the best academic journal featuring content relating to North America.

The journal, which is based at UConn, was commended for its innovative cover designs, the excellence of its articles, and its careful editing. The award was given in January at the Modern Language Association conference in Los Angeles.

Cutter, who has edited the journal since 2006, is a scholar in the field of ethnic studies, particularly African American studies. The associate editor of MELUS is Claire Reynolds, PhD, and the assistant editor is Patrick Lawrence, a doctoral candidate in English. The book review editor is Betsy Huang of Clark University.

Frank E. Musiek, professor and director of auditory research in the Department of Communication Sciences, won a 2010 Award of Excellence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), its highest award. The award was presented in November at the ASHA convention in Philadelphia. He was one of ten faculty from around the country to receive the award.

Musiek was cited for “incomparable contributions to the science and practice of neuroaudiology. ” His research focuses on the central auditory nervous system and it has shaped practice methods in audiology clinics around the world. He is also an otolaryngology professor in the UConn School of Medicine.

His latest book, Disorders of the Auditory System, will be published next summer. In 2007, Musiek was awarded the James Jerger Career Award for Research, the highest award of the American Academy of Audiology.

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