Spot ON: Maryclaire Moroney

September 10th, 2009

Professor Maryclaire Moroney has been an intricate part of the John Carroll University community since 1991. She is a favorite amongst colleagues and students and continues to exhibit her excellence in teaching.

Background: A native Virginian, Moroney graduated summa cum laude from the College of William and Mary with degrees in English and history. She went on to receive her doctoral degree in English from Harvard University.  Moroney relocated to Cleveland from Boston when she was offered a job at JCU in 1991. 

Moroney now calls Cleveland Heights home. She has two teenage children Rose, 17, and Ryan, 15. 

On Campus: Moroney specializes in Spenser, 16th century writers as well as Renaissance Poetry and women’s writing. She is particularly fond of Jane Austen’s works. This semester she spends her days teaching Major British Writers, Renaissance Tudor Literature, and Studies Renaissance Literature.

“[The students at John Carroll] are enthusiastic and interested. They bring a lot of insight into the classroom, which makes it a great pleasure to be in the class,” she said. 

As a member of the Honors committee she has taken time to oversee honors projects and master’s theses for students in both the English and humanities programs.

Awards: During her graduate years, she was honored with four awards from the Harvard-Danforth Center for Distinction in Teaching.

She was also chosen as this year’s winner of the Lucrezia Culicchia Award for Teaching Excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences.

When asked why she believed she was chosen for the award, Moroney replied.

“Students have always appreciated that I take time to focus on their individual needs.”

What her Colleagues said: Francis X. Ryan, chair of the department of English, said, “Professor Moroney is a dynamo powering the English Department. Her dedication to the English students and her colleagues is surpassed only by her great good humor.” 

John McBratney said, “She is, without exaggeration, a brilliant, passionate, innovative, tirelessly determined, deeply caring, and inspirational teacher and mentor,” 

Up Next: This coming spring, Moroney is taking a leave of absence thanks to the Grauel Faculty Fellowship to complete a book.

The book project is an updated edition of John Derricke’s “The Image of Ireland.” Originally written in 1581, Moroney’s updated version will be included in the Manchester series on Spenser. 

The book is expected for release from Manchester University Press in 2010.