Molly Merryman

Molly Merryman

Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-coordinator of LGBT Studies,
Kent State University

Molly Merryman, PhD, is an associate professor of sociology and the co-coordinator of LGBT Studies Program at Kent State University. In 2001, she cofounded the first LGBT studies program in Ohio, and in 2010 established the university's LGBTQ Student Center. The following year, she created the LGBTQ Student Emergency Fund. She is the author of many articles and one book, and is a documentary filmmaker whose work has screened internationally and won several national awards. Her work focuses on marginalized groups and minority activism. Her current work (documentary and textual research) is focused on the Sex Worker Outreach Project and the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

Developing and Expanding LGBTQ Courses, Concentrations and Programs

LGBTQ courses, concentrations and programs can be created (and preexisting programs expanded) to fit specific curricular needs at any type of institution. This workshop will to provide a guided forum of best practices and models developed by attendees and presenters, in order to spark ideas about transforming curriculum and improving student learning. We will provide diverse examples of courses, concentrations and programs that work in a variety of institutional settings. We will also engage in a critical conversation about future directions in LGBTQ and Sexuality studies. This session is intended for faculty and administrators interested in developing these courses, concentrations and programs, as well as for those wanting to improve or update existing offerings.