Preparing Museum Professionals: New Approaches for Changing Times

American Association of Museums Conference, May 2009

Strategic Area: Leadership Thursday, Apr 30 3:45 PM-5:00 PM

Format: Single Session

Chaired by: Tina Olsin Lent, Chair Fine Arts Department, College of Liberal Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

Presenters: Martha Morris, Associate Professor of Museum Studies, George Washington University, Washington, DC; Paul D’Ambrosio, Vice President/ Chief Curator, New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, NY; Dana Kletchka, Curator of Education, Palmer Museum of Art , University Park, PA; Maurice Davies, Deputy Director, The Museums Association, London

Description: Educational innovations in the U.S. and the U.K. reflect the reconfiguring of two critical aspects of museum professional training: the pedagogical essentials for entry-level professional standards, and continuing educational opportunities for mid-career professionals. Attendees will identify which skills they would like to refresh or gain, and specify the educational experiences they consider valuable. Endorsed by: AAM Committee on Museum Professional Training AAM Committee on Education AAM Committee for Diversity in Museums AAM National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME) AAM Registrars Committee AAM Museum Management Committee AAM Curators Committee.