Julia Courtney, M.A., A.L.M.
Curatorial Approaches to Collections Management (Fall)
Julia Courtney has more than twenty years of experience in the
museum field, in museum education and curatorial practices. Most
recently she served as Curator of Art for two art museums, the
D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts and the George Walter Vincent Smith Art
Museum, part of the Springfield Museums consortium in Western
Massachusetts. Courtney holds graduate degrees in art education
(Lesley University) and art history/museum studies (Harvard
University). She recently edited The Legal Guide for Museum
Professionals (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2015) and is working on a
second book on responsible de-accessioning for museums (Rowman &
Littlefield, fall 2017).
Jenna Fleming, M.A.
Museums and Digital Media (Fall)
From 2008 to 2012, Jenna managed interactive projects at the MFA both online and
in the galleries, from video installations to web-based collection browsing.
During her tenure, Jenna led the digital media strategy for the large-scale
American Wing building project. Prior to joining the Museum, Jenna led
innovative web and digital asset management projects for clients such as Disney,
The Annenberg/CPB Project and Harvard University. Jenna is the author of
Web Navigation: Designing the User Experience
(O'Reilly 1998) and has presented at leading conferences such as Museums and the
Web, MCN, Seybold and c|net's Builder.com. Jenna started her career at the
Boston Public Library and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and has a dual
background in fine arts and library and information science.
Sheila K. Hoffman, Ph.D.
Museums Today: Mission and Function (Fall 2018)
Sheila K. Hoffman has worked as a curator and director in fine art
museums in Oklahoma, Michigan and New York. She has studied in the
U.S., Canada and Europe, completing a doctorate in Art History at
the University of Paris, Panthéon-Sorbonne and a doctorate in Museology, Heritage and Cultural Mediation at the University of
Quebec in Montreal. In 2013 she was named as one of Canada's
prestigious Vanier Scholars for her proposed dissertation. She
currently serves on the Board of Directors for CurCom, the national
professional network for curators and as the chair of their
Subcommittee on Ethics. She also serves as a Reviews Editor for
Museum Worlds Journal and lectures internationally on museums and
art history. Her research examines the intersection of digital
technologies, including artificial intelligence, and material
culture, envisioning new paths for museum documentation and the
interpretation of cultural objects.
Cara Iacobucci, M.A., Ed.M.
Museums Today: Mission and Function (Fall)
Museum Studies Internship (Summer)
A graduate of the Museum Studies Certificate program, Iacobucci also holds
an undergraduate degree in Studio Art from Bates College, a M.A. in the History
of Art from Tufts University and an Ed.M. in Arts in Education from Harvard
University. Most recently, Iacobucci served as guest curator at the Lynn Museum
& Historical Society for the exhibition titled Different Journeys, Common Bonds:
The Greek Community in Lynn. Previously, she spent nine years at Historic New
England as a Program Specialist developing and managing adult and family
programs. In addition, Iacobucci has held positions and internships at several
organizations including The Paul Revere House, The Fuller Museum, The Museum of
Fine Arts, Boston, The New England Historic Genealogical Society, and Vose
Matt Kirchman, M.A.
Exhibition Planning (Spring)
As a museum planner and exhibition developer, Matt Kirchman works
with museum staff and administrators, architects, and designers to
craft the communication and experiential aims for museums and
exhibitions. With a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction
and an undergraduate degree in Visual Communication (Northern
Illinois University), Matt's development approach places emphasis on
the clarity and organization of exhibit messages, and a diversity of
experiences aimed at fostering awareness, enjoyment, and
memorability. In 2006 (after 20 years in the field) Matt created
ObjectIDEA, an interpretive design consultancy offering facility
programming, interpretive planning, and exhibition design. His
clients range from social and cultural history museums, to natural
history museums, science centers, zoological parks, visitor centers,
and aquariums. His recent work includes planning for Walden Pond
Visitor Education Center, The National Baseball Hall of Fame and
Museum, The Petersen Automotive Museum, Patriots Point Maritime
Museum, and the Buffalo Bill Center for the West. Matt sits on the
Leadership Council for Historic New England, is the Northeast
Regional Representative for the National Association for
Interpretation, and is on the Board of Directors for the New England
Museum Association. He was one of two independent consultants
invited by the American Alliance of Museums to help the organization
identify the standards for interpretive planning that AAM may use
toward evaluating museums' accreditation. Matt collects museum
visits and keeps a record of each and every one. His current
collection numbers over 350 museum visits from Bangkok to Boston,
New Zealand to New York.
Joy Kubarek, Ph.D.
Museum Evaluation (Summer)
Joy Kubarek is a Senior Research Associate with PEER Associates,
an education research and evaluation consulting firm. She has
conducted scientific field research and led research expeditions but
the bulk of her career has focused on research and evaluation of science education.
She founded the Learning Planning & Evaluation department at Shedd Aquarium in
Chicago and later moved on to become Vice President of Learning at the aquarium,
strategically guiding both the programmatic and evaluation functions of education
at the aquarium. Joy holds a B.S. in Biology, a M.Ed. with a focus on environmental
education, and a Ph.D. in Science Education from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Her most recent research focused on the evaluation practices of zoos and aquariums
around their teacher professional development programs. Joy has presented on her
work nationally and internationally, and remains active in a number of professional
associations including the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST),
the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Visitor Studies Association (VSA),
and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
Andrew McClellan, Ph.D.
Advisor – Art History concentration
Museum History and Theory (Fall)
Andrew McClellan has been a member of the Museum Studies faculty since the
program's inception. His scholarly research, and teaching contribution to the
program, focuses on the history and theory of museums. He is the author of three
museum-related books: Inventing the Louvre: Art, Politics and the Origins of
the Modern Museum in Eighteenth-Century Paris (1994); Art and Its
Publics: Museum Studies at the Millennium (2003); and The Art Museum From
Boullee to Bilbao (2007).
Ingrid A. Neuman, M.A.
Collections Care and Preventive Conservation (Spring)
Ingrid A. Neuman earned a M.A. and a Certificate in Advanced Studies from
the Cooperstown Graduate Program in the Conservation of Historic Art and
Artifacts in Cooperstown, New York. She also holds a B.A. degree in Classics
with a specific concentration in Mediterranean Archaeology from the University of
Massachusetts in Amherst. She is a Conservator of three-dimensional artifacts in
private practice. Prior to establishing her own private practice, Neuman held
the position of Head of Sculpture Conservation at the Williamstown Art
Conservation Center in Williamstown, Massachusetts where she also taught in the
Graduate Art History Department at Williams College. While in the Berkshires,
she also served seven years as a conservation consultant on the board of the
Vermont Museum and Gallery Alliance where she conducted numerous conservation
surveys for the cultural institutions in the state of Vermont and presented
workshops on the preservation of museum collections. She regularly reviews
federal grant applications for the NEH and the IMLS and has served on numerous
committees for the American Institute for Conservation. Her career began at the
National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of American History
at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. She currently works as the
Museum Conservator at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence,
Cynthia Robinson, M.S.
Director of Museum Studies
Museums Today: Mission and Function (Fall)
Proseminar in Museum Education (Spring)
Teaching and Learning in the Museum (Fall)
Cynthia Robinson holds a B.A. in museum studies from
Hampshire College and a M.S. in education from Bank Street College of Education.
She has worked at a number of museums, including the National Heritage Museum,
The Bostonian Society, and Old Sturbridge Village. As the executive director of
the Bay State Historical League for 10 years, she provided professional
development programs and services for history museums and historical
organizations throughout the state. Robinson has extensive experience in museum
management, curriculum development, and exhibit planning, research, and text
writing. Her particular interest is finding ways—through programs, exhibits, and
other means—to engage audiences in museum learning. She is the author of
Going Public: Community Program and Project Ideas
for Historical Organizations (Bay State Historical League, 1999),
numerous articles in museum journals, and a several museum-school curricula.
Robinson is the editor of the Journal of Museum Education. Cynthia recently received the 2017 John Cotton
Dana Award for Leadership, presented by the Education Committee of the American
Alliance of Museums. The award recognizes individuals outside the field of
museum education who exhibit outstanding leadership and promote the educational
responsibility and capacity of museums. It has only been awarded 9 times in the
past 32 years. Learn more about Cynthia >
George Schwartz, Ph.D.
The Meaning of Things: Interpreting Material Culture (Spring)
George Schwartz is a graduate of Brown University and the
Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies program, and holds an M.A. in
Historical Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts Boston
and a Ph.D. in American & New England Studies from Boston
University. For twelve years, he was a curator in the Maritime Art &
History and Exhibitions & Research departments at the Peabody Essex
Museum, and currently serves as curatorial scholar. During his
museum career, George has created exhibitions, publications, public
programs, and interactive media designed to shape the way we think
about our world through our interaction with material culture. He
has lectured at American and international museums, such as The
Metropolitan Museum of Art, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. George was also a
contributing author to museum exhibition catalogues and has written
many articles for scholarly journals. His current book project
Collecting a History of the Globe: The Salem East India Marine
Society and American Identity, the first in-depth exploration
of the Peabody Essex Museum’s founding institution, offers a unique
opportunity to examine collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting
international objects in the antebellum United States.
Barbara Silberman, M.H.A.
Revitalizing Historic House Museums (Summer)
Barbara Silberman is a seasoned museum professional specializing in history and
historic house museums. She founded and directed the Heritage Philadelphia
Program, at the Pew Center for Arts and Culture in Philadelphia, providing
technical assistance, and making grants for programming and historic
preservation for more than 400 historic organizations in the Philadelphia area.
Currently she works as an independent consultant specializing in problem-solving
and governance practices, strategic planning, program planning and fundraising.
Silberman has a BA in American history from the University of Massachusetts,
Amherst, and an MHA from the George Washington University. She has complete
graduate coursework in finances at the Wharton School of the University of
Pennsylvania and is currently taking graduate history courses at the Harvard
Extension School. Silberman has written and presented extensively on a variety
of subjects related to historical organizations and has served as the Chair of
the Historic House Committee of the American Association for State and Local
History as well as on its Council. She is the board chair of the Sargent House
Museum in Gloucester MA.
Kenneth C. Turino, M.A.
Exhibition Planning (Spring)
Revitalizing Historic House Museums (Summer)
Kenneth C. Turino holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching, Museum Education, from
George Washington University. He is Manager of Community Engagement and
Exhibitions at Historic New England, the oldest, largest and most comprehensive
regional preservation organization in the country. Turino is responsible for
developing and managing Historic New England's traveling exhibition program.
Projects have included the critically acclaimed collaboration with MASS MoCA,
Yankee Remix: Artists Take on New England;
The Camera's Coast,
and the award-winning
From Dairy to Doorstep: Milk
Delivery in New England 1860-1960. As part of his institutions 100
Years 100 Communities initiative, he is establishing partnerships with
institutions across New England focusing on collecting and preserving 20th
Century history. He also developed and coordinates the Program in New England
Studies, a week long course on New England architecture, decorative arts, and
material culture. Mr. Turino is Chair of the American Association for State and
Local History's Leadership in History Awards Program, a member of AASLH's
Historic House Museums Committee and on the advisory council for the American
Association of Museum's
Museum magazine. Prior to coming to
Historic New England, Turino was Executive Director of the Lynn Museum for
fourteen years, an active local history museum in Lynn, Massachusetts. He also
served as Assistant Director at the Lyceum in Alexandria, Virginia and as
Director of Education at the Paul Revere House in Boston.
Tara Young, M.A.
Museum Education for K-12 Audiences (Spring)
Tara Young received her B.A. in art history from Harvard College and her M.A. in
art history from the University of Pittsburgh. She is an independent museum
education consultant based in central Massachusetts. Her previous positions have
included Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art
Museum, Associate Curator of Education at the Tacoma Art Museum, and Director of
Education at the Higgins Armory Museum. She is currently the Deputy Director at
the Museum of Russian Icons, in Clinton, MA. Tara is also a writer and editor in
art education publishing for the K-12 and college markets.