Title: Professor Emerita
Company: University of Rhode Island
Location: Wood River Junction, Rhode Island, United States
Lois A. Cuddy PhD, Professor Emerita at the University of Rhode Island, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in English education.
Inspired by English teachers throughout her youth, Dr. Cuddy knew she wanted to teach and pursue the humanities from a young age. In the early years of her career in the late 1950s, she was an English teacher in Cranston, Rhode Island and then a social worker in Chicago, Illinois. By the 1970s, Dr. Cuddy had returned to teaching, serving Brown University as a teaching assistant from 1971 to 1974. Shortly thereafter, she joined the faculty at the University of Rhode Island, where she has been an assistant, associate and full professor of English, women’s studies and comparative literature until attaining emerita status in 2000.
Alongside her teaching endeavors, Dr. Cuddy has authored and co-edited books on T.S. Eliot and Evolution in literature, as well as published numerous articles on American, British, and classical writers and on pedagogy since 1972. Her novel, “Penelope’s Song”, based loosely on Homer’s Odyssey, was published in 2015. Additionally, Dr. Cuddy was assistant editor and acting editor of American Transcendental Quarterly from 1978 to 1988, remaining on the editorial board until 2000. She was also an editorial reader for the journal Modern Language Studies from 1982 to 1990.
Dr. Cuddy earned a Bachelor of Education from Rhode Island College in 1956 and a Master of Arts from the University of Rhode Island in 1969. She went on to attain a Doctor of Philosophy from Brown University in 1976. Among her various honors, she received the University of Rhode Island’s prestigious Teaching Excellence Award and was an Honors Teaching Fellow. As a graduate student at Brown University, she was awarded the Jean Starr Untermeyer Fellowship for dissertation research. Later, as a faculty member at the University of Rhode Island, she was a Lilly Foundation Teaching Fellow and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the Institute on Interpreting the Humanities.
Over the years, Dr. Cuddy has been active as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the T.S. Elliot Society, the Northeast Modern Language Association and the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society. Ms. Cuddy’s advice to aspiring educators is to love what they do, treat everyone equally and fairly, and be willing to work harder than any of their students. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to audiobooks. To attest to her success, Dr. Cuddy is also listed in the 25th edition of Who’s Who in the East.
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