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Museum Studies Programs & Tools for Creating More Inclusive Curricula

The graduates of museum studies programs are overwhelmingly white and female. If we want museums to be staffed by people who reflect the American public, we can broaden our search beyond …

One Graduate’s Job Search Story…Consider Casting a Wider Net

I’m frequently asked to give advice about job searches, which puts me in an uncomfortable position: I want to be helpful, but I’m hesitant to offer advice based on my own …

Monday Musing: A Radical Proposal on Student Debt

Student debt is a huge issue in our field, especially for emerging museum professionals. So this article caught my attention last week: No more student loans? Purdue University …

A Bodacious Commitment to Diversity

Yesterday the Mellon Foundation released a report based on the first comprehensive survey of the demographics of art museum staff. For the most part, it documents what we already knew: …

The Museum Sacrifice Measure

How much are you willing to give up to work in a museum?  How much didyou give up to work in a museum? I’m not talking about quality of life issues like relocating to a new city, having to …

How to Staff the Future

I’ve been spouting off for years about how museums need to change the way they recruit, select and train staff. Why? Because Museums say they want a more diverse workforce, but the …

Where Should Museums Look for the Workforce of the Future?

Intel just hired Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas to be their Director of Creative Innovation. Google hired futurist and noted transhumanist (“the singularity is coming”) Ray Kurtzweil as …

Back to School: Museum Studies Programs During Tough Times

This article originally appeared in the January/February 2012 edition of the Museum magazine.  When the economy took a nose dive in fall 2008, I heard more than one person reference …

Landing a Job in the Museum of the Future

I get a lot of calls from people asking for advice about careers: getting a first job, getting back into the museum field, switching to museums from another field. I wish I could wave a …

SWF ISO Museum Position

This week’s guest post is an interview with future museum professional Paige LaCour, student in museum management at Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies and volunteer at …

Blog to keep an eye on: MuseumDesignLab

This blog documents the work of 18 students at the Parsons School of Design who will spend the next semester forecasting the future of 6 NYC-based museums: The American Museum of Natural …

Questioning Assumptions: the Future of Education

The recent CFM posts about museum studies (here and here) have spun off in all sorts of interesting directions, including discussions at New Curator and MJ Writes. People propose that …
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