Teaching the Museum: Careers in Museum Education

Teaching the Museum: Careers in Museum Education

by Leah M. Melber

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Education departments in museums of all kinds serve millions of students and adult learners every year using the objects and other resources of the museum. Teaching the Museum offers insights, anecdotes, and valuable advice on how to get started and how to succeed in this rapidly growing field. Twenty contributors with decades of museum experience point out the opportunities for new graduates and seasoned teachers alike who want to explore this exciting profession.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442276819
Publisher: American Alliance Of Museums
Publication date: 01/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 903 KB

About the Author

Leah M. Melber is senior director of the Hurvis Center for Learning Innovation and Collaboration at the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago.

Table of Contents


Leah M. Melber, Ph.D.

Section 1: Climbing the Ladder

1. Say “Yes”…and Figure It Out Later

Leah M. Melber Ph.D.

2. When You are Offered the Perfect Job You Never Wanted, Take It

Brad Irwin

3. Museum Outsiders and the Value of an External Lens

Kathleen Tinworth

4. It’s Normal to Ask: What Am I Doing Here?

Katarina Ivanišin Kardum

5. Tap into Your Passion

Marjorie Schwarzer


K. Tierney Sneeringer

Section 2: Doing Your Best

6. Don’t Just Color Outside the Lines – Imagine and Draw Your Own Picture

Lynn McRainey

7. Speak The Local Language

William B. Crow

8. You Work for the People, Not the Institution

Beverly Serrell

9. Be a Kick-Ass, Not a Kiss-Ass

Sheri Bernstein

10. Volunteering Has Value

Sarah Marcotte


Caitlin Kreiman Lill

Section 3: When Obstacles Arise

11. You Made a Mistake.  Now What?

Celeste DeWald

12. Beware of Marriage Proposals

Sarah Alvarez

13. Evolve as a Museum Leader: Be a Catalyst!

Paula Gandopadhyay

14. Sometimes You Have to Be a Little Subversive

Ted Lind


K. Tierney Sneeringer

Section 4: Looking Forward

15. Yes, You Should Go to Grad School

Ben Garcia

16. You Don’t Have to Be Married to Your Work

Elee Wood, Ph.D.

17. Life is Short, So Seize the Moment and Go with Your Instincts

Marie Bourke, Ph.D.


Caitlin Kreiman Lill

Then, Now, Next: Transferring a Lifetime of Careers

Greg Stevens



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