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Education (EdCom)

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.  

To get started, complete the EdCom Volunteer Interest Form. You may rank up to three committees on which you would like to serve–review descriptions below. For additional information about each committee chairs, go to EdCom Leadership.

Click here to complete the EdCom Volunteer Interest Form 

After you submit your form, the EdCom Membership Chair will contact you (allow 10 business days). Please note that some committees’ are not always accepting new volunteers as their rosters are full. Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

Communications Committee

Volunteers assist in monitoring EdCom’s social media channels, Facebook and/or Twitter

Duties include:

  • Retweeting/sharing relevant resources and activities
  • Creating original tweets/posts promoting EdCom resources and activities

Time Commitment: Can be as minimal as 30 mins to one hour a week

Annual Conference Committee

Volunteers assist in developing conference needs for EdCom events at AAM Annual Meeting, and if attending, help staff events.

Duties include:

  • Review evening reception at Annual Meeting and plan any additional logistics or content.
  • Coordinate luncheon program during Annual Meeting, including selecting speaker, creating pre-program EdCom slide deck, and providing logistical support at the luncheon.
  • Provide support coordinating between AAM staff, EdCom, and other partners, as needed.
  • Occasional support during AAM Annual Meeting call for session proposals (usually August),

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours/month, primarily January – May. Added time at events at AAM Annual Meeting, if attending.

Leadership Development Committee

Volunteers participate in the Museum Education Mentor (EdMem) program cohorts.

Three possible EdMem volunteer roles include:

  • mentor pair coordinator – act as the first point of contact for 3-5 mentor pairs, reaching out to them 3-4 times throughout the year, either by phone or email to check in on how the program is going for them (throughout the year, ~15-hour commitment)
  • mentor pair matcher – read and help match mentors and mentees (over 2 months in Feb / March, ~10-hour commitment)
  • mentor program orientation coordinator – work with a small group of volunteers to update and organize both the program handbook and the orientation webinar (over 2 months in April / May, ~10-hour commitment)

Time Commitment: varies, see each type of role for the approximate time commitment.

Awards Committee

Volunteers read submissions, score, and rank winner(s) for excellence in education EdCom awards.

Duties include:

  • Read and score all submissions in your particular category, There are five categories total. These include the John Cotton Dana Award, Excellence in Practice, Excellence in Programming, Excellence in Resources, and Innovation in Museum Education.
  • Respond promptly to communication and scheduling requests.
  • Participate in a conference call to determine a winner.
  • Potentially present award at EdCom luncheon during the annual convening.

Time Commitment: 2-4 hours/month in January and February. One hour phone call in March.

Membership Committee

Volunteers are called Regional Representatives (Reps) and are committed to advancing museum education at the regional level. Reps are responsible for fostering engagement among members within their area and sharing information from their region to the EdCom Steering Committee.

Duties include:

  • Arrange a “One Good Thing” event
  • Author one Newsletter write-up each year
  • Serve as a judge for the annual EdCom Awards
  • Act a liaison to share communications with regional networks (ie. forwarding emails).
  • Keep Membership Chair and Chair Elect informed of highlights from your region.

Time Commitment: App. 2 hours/month. Reps serve a three-year term representing one of the six AAM regions. In addition to the duties listed above, they meet every other month via phone or video conference for 30 minutes. The following list shows when the regions will be open for a new Rep, which are recruited up to a year in advance:

2020   Western Museums Association

2020 Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums

2021 Mountain-Plains Museums Association

2021 New England Museum Association

2022 Association of Midwest Museums

2022 Southeastern Museums Conference

Professional Development Committee

Volunteers help create and organize opportunities for professional development related to museum education.

Duties include:

  • Work with PD chair to organize events, like EdComversations.

Time Commitment: TBD

Museum Education Trends Committee

This committee is currently under review and re-development; check back in Fall 2019.

Duties include:

  • TBD

Time Commitment: TBD

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

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