PhD Education, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2013
MA History, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2003
Graduate Certificate Museum Studies, University of Missouri- St. Louis, 2003
BA Art History, Lindenwood University, 1997
Statement to Advising and Teaching in Museum Studies:
Museums no longer exist solely for the preservation and display of our culture and heritage. Museums are dynamic and engaging spaces that are essential to our communities. At their best, museums provide spaces where diverging voices simultaneously exist and cultural complexities are considered. In order for this dynamic field to continue to serve our communities successfully, museums require professionals who have both specific content knowledge and skills in community engagement, collaboration, and professionalism.
The Museum Studies Certificate aims to equip graduates with a holistic understanding of museum systems while helping them develop the practical communication, collaboration, and project management skills needed for a wide range of careers. As Director of the Museum Studies program, I advise students as they explore careers in museums and assist them as they engage in valuable professional learning experiences.
Students in my courses participate in a variety of service-learning projects and internships, learning along-side knowledgeable professionals within the UI campus museums and collections. This kind of engaged learning extends to museums and communities throughout the state through partnerships facilitated by the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities and projects developed in collaboration with the Iowa Museum Association.
Prior to joining the Anthropology department in 2015, I worked for twenty years in museum education and community outreach at institutions including The Saint Louis Art Museum and the St. Louis Science Center. My research focuses on communities of practice, the preparation of emerging and transitioning professionals, experiential and student-centered learning, and digital education pedagogy. When I am not teaching or advising, I like to explore Iowa’s many museums and get lost in its parks and trails.
MUSM:2850 Museums and Social Justice
MUSM:3001 Introduction to Museum Studies
MUSM:3004 Exhibition Planning
MUSM:3100 Historic House Management and Preservation
MUSM:3105 Engaging Museum Audiences
MUSM:3120 Museum Origins
MUSM:3125 Museums in a Digital World
MUSM:3131 Museum Evaluation and Visitor Studies
MUSM:4080 Museum Internship