Beth Currans: Candidate for EMU-AAUP Member-at-Large
Beth Currans is an assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Eastern Michigan University. Her interdiscplinary undergraduate and graduate courses address gender and sexuality, especially grassroots movements, public performances, and the ways that people claim and transform public spaces. Her book manuscript, under contract with University of Illinois Press, explores how participants in public demonstrations attended primarily by women claim and remake public spaces. Recent publications appear in Feminist Formations, Social Justice, and Women’s Studies Quarterly.
I am interested in being part of the AAUP executive committee as a member-at-large because of my investment in faculty governance and interest in addressing faculty workload. Given ongoing budget cuts, it is imperative that faculty work together to ensure that we are compensated fairly and that our workload enables us to provide our students with the best education possible and to pursue our research and creative work. In the past 10 years, I have been part of numerous organizing efforts, including anti-war, feminist, and queer university and community organizations in Michigan and California. I am excited about the prospect of applying these experiences and my work on department and university governance committees to advocating for fair working conditions for faculty.