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Volunteering for EdCom

Being a volunteer for an EdCom committee is a great way for you to become more involved in the professional field of museum education. It is also the best avenue to learn how the EdCom Steering Committee functions and potentially joining it yourself. We encourage museum practitioners with diverse experiences and backgrounds to sign up to volunteer. 

If you would like to be involved in the work of an EdCom committee, please let us know by filling out the form linked below. You may rank up to three committees on which you would like to serve, and there is space for you to describe any special credentials or experience that would be useful for us to know. After you submit your form, the EdCom Membership Chair will contact you with your committee placement so you can get started!


Click here to complete the EdCom Volunteer Interest Form 

Current volunteer needs: Leadership, Awards, and Communications Committees


The primary work of each committee is listed below:

Annual Conference Committee (Mark Osterman, Chair)

  • Reviews and recommends content for annual conference sessions and events
  • Identifies key trends and issues in museum education
  • Solicits session presenters and refines session proposals
  • Provides support to session organizers, both for presentations and in developing materials that can be included in the Alliance’s online professional resource library
  • Organizes networking events for conference attendees

Communications Committee (Heather Schneider, Chair)

  • Promotes EdCom’s activities, resources, and member opportunities for professional development and networking
  • Uses the network’s social media and web presence to share news updates and resources
  • Prepares regular and timely correspondence for EdCom members with information to help support their day-to-day work

Leadership Development Committee (Sarah Jencks, Chair)

  • Recruits and manages Museum Education Mentor (EdMEM) program cohorts
  • Oversees the ongoing development of EdCom’s Leadership Team and its functioning
  • Leads a periodic review of the purpose of EdCom, its policies, and its procedures
  • Works to identify prospective Leadership Team and committee members

Awards Committee (Veronica Alvarez, Chair)

  • Oversees EdCom’s annual Awards of Excellence
  • Coordinates the publishing and promotion of the EdCom awards with fellow board members and AAM media team
  • Helps solicit award nominees
  • Recruits judges and moderates discussion on the final decision of awards

Membership Committee (Russanne Hoff, Chair)

  • Oversees Regional Reps
  • Serves as liaison between EdCom membership and Leadership Team
  • Coordinates volunteers for EdCom committees
  • Helps connect EdCom membership with Alliance and regional resources

Museum Education Trends Committee (Kyle Parsons, Chair)

  • Identifies and brings to EdCom’s attention areas of special concern to the field of museum education
  • Works with the Chair and Immediate Past Chair on strategic planning and tracking strategic framework goals
  • Supports special initiatives related to the field of museum education
  • Oversees the Marketplace of Ideas at the Annual Meeting

Professional Development Committee (Rebekah Harding, Chair)

  • Creates and organizes opportunities for professional development related to museum education
  • Works directly with the Alliance’s Professional Development staff on programming related to museum education

Questions? Concerns? Want to learn more? Let us know.

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