Interview with Jesse Dutton-Kenny for the University of Colorado-Boulder

This is the first interview for the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Museum and Field Studies program. This alumnus graduated in May 2016. Her emphasis was in Collections Management as well as Anthropology and Indigenous Arts. She currently works as the Museum Preparator at the San Francisco Airport Museums. Thank you, Jesse, for answering these questions!

 

Why did you choose the University of Colorado-Boulder?

There were a number of factors, as there are for most people. I mostly applied to schools on the West Coast, where I’m from, so at first, Colorado seemed so far and like such a leap from my comfort zone. However, after I went to visit the school for an interview I realized it was the perfect fit for both my experience and my future goals as a museum professional. The top 3 reasons were: 1) They offered me a Graduate Assistantship position in their museum, so I graduated with two years of paid work experience for my resume in addition to the degree and got tons of hands on collections work. 2) The program is very interdisciplinary as the campus has a natural history museum (with anthropology, paleontology, botany, etc.) plus the library, archives, art museum, history museum, and local museums in Boulder… so there was lots of exposure to the museum field as a whole. Students come to the program focused in all different departments, and although I focused in anthropology, I got to learn from students and teachers who were studying dinosaurs, contemporary art, lichens, etc. And finally 3) The mentorship is INCREDIBLE. All the staff for the program, the advisors, the supervisors for your work positions, and the faculty are just beyond amazing. It is a super small program (usually no more than 10 students a year) so you get a ton of one on one attention and help with career development, and that was super important to me.

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Interview with Emily Anstey for Tufts University

This is the first interview for Tufts University’s Museum Education program. This alumnus graduated in August 2015 and currently works as a National Park Ranger. Thank you, Emily, for answering these questions!

 

Why did you choose Tufts University?

I chose Tufts because of how it blended both the theoretical and academic viewpoint of museums with the practical applications (internship and professionals as instructors). I also loved that it was located in the Greater Boston area, an area rich with so many museums of every type. Finally, I wanted something more general in terms of types of museums that the program focused on. I knew I wanted to work in museums, but I wasn’t sure if art, children’s, or history museums would be where I wanted to end up. This program looked at the museum field holistically and prepared me no matter what type of institution I wanted to work for.

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Interview for Wright State University

This is the first interview for Wright State University. This alumnus graduated in 2014 and currently works as an Archivist. Thank you for answering these questions!

 

Why did you choose Wright State University?

It was close to home and affordable for me.

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Interview with Gillian Suss for Seton Hall University

This is the first interview for Seton Hall University featuring Gillian Suss. She graduated in 2009 and currently works at an art museum as a Collection Management Assistant. Thank you, Gillian, for these answers!

 

Why did you choose Seton Hall University?

I chose Seton Hall because it felt like the best “fit” for me. I really wanted a program that would provide me with hands-on learning opportunities, and I believe that the registration and collections management courses at SHU did that. I was also able to save money while going to SHU by living at my parents’ house and through a part- and then full-time assistantship with the program.

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Interview with Betsy Deiterman for Texas Tech University

This is the first interview discussing the program at Texas Tech University. Thank you, Betsy, for providing some insight into your graduate school experience. Betsy graduated in 2015 and currently works as the Volunteer and Group Coordinator at a science museum.

Why did you choose Texas Tech University?
Native Texan. Preferred to go to a Texas school. The only other option at the time was Baylor in Waco, a private school ($$$) vs public, and I didn’t want to attend Baylor.

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Interview with Kate Warfield for the University of Missouri-St. Louis

Kate graduated with an M.A. in History and a concentration in Museum Studies in 2013. Currently, she works as a Collection Specialist for a history museum. Thank you, Kate, for providing this look into your graduate school experience!

 

Why did you choose the University of Missouri-St. Louis?

I choose UMSL for a few reasons, but the most important reason to me was that they placed me into an assistantship with a museum partner in the community.  I was given the opportunity to work with one-on-one with a curator that has since become a professional role model at the Missouri History Museum on meaningful exhibit work.  It gave me years of experience and helped me make connections in the museum world that are still beneficial to me today – all with the added benefit and helping me pay for school.  It really was the best option for me.

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Interview with Taylor Jeromos for the University of Missouri-St. Louis

Taylor will graduate with an M.A. in History and a concentration in Museum Studies in May 2017. Currently, she works as a Graduate Research Assistant for Public Programs. Thank you, Taylor, for providing this look into your graduate school experience!

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