CUR’s National Office Team is composed of talented professionals who are passionate about the work they do and their commitment to providing the highest standard of service for CUR’s members and community. After all, our community is our family here at CUR. We have taken a moment to interview each of our National Office Staff for you all to get to know them a little better.
Q: Many people have fancy titles that don't necessarily describe what they do for the organization to its fullest extent. Can you elaborate on what you do for CUR?
I serve as technical editor for Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research
(SPUR), CUR’s quarterly academic journal. That involves work from manuscript submission and peer review to issue copyediting, production, and dissemination. I work closely with the SPUR editor-in-chief, issue and divisional editors, book review editor, authors, and vendors. I also work with authors on CUR publications from proposal to finished product, am involved with CUR social media efforts, and write and disseminate press releases on CUR activities.
Q: What is one thing that most people wouldn't know about you?
Reflecting my longtime interest in the serious study of mystery fiction, I am the managing editor for Clues: A Journal of Detection
, the oldest US scholarly journal on mystery/detective/crime fiction, and editor for the McFarland Companions to Mystery Fiction series
(vol. 10: Ian Rankin). I also review mysteries for Publishers Weekly
Q: Where did you go to school?
A: I earned my BS in journalism from the University of Maryland–College Park and my MA in liberal studies with distinction from Georgetown University. My master’s thesis focused on women pacifists in World War II.
Q: Do you prefer tea or coffee and why?
A: I am a flavored coffee addict. Tea doesn’t agree with my stomach.
Q: Were you involved in undergraduate research when you were in school or elsewhere?
A: My journalism degree involved research for the articles I wrote for classes. While I was an undergraduate, I published a short piece in AARP’s Modern Maturity
on well-known shark expert Eugenie Clark, who was a UMD professor at the time, and an interview in a New Jersey newspaper with mystery author Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters (who later became a cherished friend). Those articles were based on class assignments. Thus undergraduate research can lead to unexpected and delightful places.
Make sure to check out how to get in touch with Beth and other staff on our National Office Staff page. If you would like to volunteer for a CUR Faculty, Student, or Mentor Spotlight interview, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.