Before and during the pandemic, emerging professionals have undertaken brave new research and seasoned museum staff have explored ways to improve training and educational opportunities for new staff, museum studies students, and volunteers. This panel will briefly introduce recent research findings on how emerging professionals in the museum field are fairing and how new technologies like AI are empowering docents and other new teachers to educate children. Special guest Jill Hartz, immediate past president of AAMG and director emerita of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, will share an update on her ongoing Kress-funded research for AAMG on master’s programs in museum studies which seeks to understand and define core skills for museum professionals. This panel will also respond to the ongoing adjustments and changes to the academic museum field amid the unfolding crisis of COVD-19 and its impact on higher education.
Moderator: Dr. Lana Burgess, Faculty Curator/Director, Museum Management Program, McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina and AAMG Board Member
Dr. Amy Gilman Director of the Chazen Museum of Art at UW-Madison
Jill Hartz, Director Emerita, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon
Ann Kindreth, Education Program Manager, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University
Ashley Mask, doctoral candidate, Teacher’s College, Columbia University and museum educator, Metropolitan Museum of Art