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Online Course: Leadership and Administration in History Organizations

January 9, 2017 - January 10, 2017

Administration and leadership matter, regardless the size or focus of your organization. This online course covers governance and administrative structure, nonprofit status, mission and vision, board and staff responsibilities, the relationship between board and staff, strategic planning, human resource management, and leadership.



Dates: January 9-March 6, 2017

Cost: $199 AASLH Members/ $300 Nonmembers

Course is Full. Please check back in late 2017 for dates on the 2018 course offering.


Full Online Course Description:

During the eight weeks of this course, modules will cover governance and administrative structures, nonprofit status and the public trust, mission and vision, the relationship between board and staff, including their roles and responsibilities; strategic planning, human resource development and management, and leadership.  The course includes a combination of topical reading assignments and related weekly assignments and online and telephone chats held at 7:30 pm eastern each Tuesday of the course.  A course assignment is due the last week of class.

Sample Curriculum

Week 1:  Course overview; an inside look at nonprofits, public trust and governance
Week 2:  All About Museum Boards
Week 3:  The Importance of Museum Vision and Mission
Week 4:  Administrative and Management Responsibilities
Week 5:  Human Resource Management
Week 6:  Why Leadership Matters
Week 7:  Charting Your Museum’s Future
Week 8:  Putting It All Together

Texts Used

Ackerson, Leadership Matters

Genoways and Ireland, Museum Administration

At the end of this course you will understand:

  • the governance structure of most nonprofit museums;
  • the importance of museum mission, vision, change, and strategic planning;
  • the major roles and responsibilities of the board and staff;
  • how to create a more effective board through assessment and education;
  • the administrative and management duties of museum directors;
  • the key issues in human resource management;
  • why leadership matters and what is the most effective leadership approach; and
  • where the museum field is heading in the future.

Who should take this course?

Successful participants will be individuals in institutional leadership positions at both the staff, board and volunteer levels, who have significant decision-making responsibilities and who have the ability to affect positive, substantive change within their organizations.  This course is not appropriate for student or interns. To read about a participant’s experience, take a look at this blog post by a Leadership and Administration student: Leadership Matters At Every Level.

Small Museum Pro: Successful completion of this course will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro certificate from AASLH.

Course is Full. Please check back in late 2017 for dates on the 2018 course offering.


About the Instructor: 

In a career spanning three decades, Anne Ackerson has served as director of several historic house museums and historical societies in central and eastern New York, the director of the Museum Association of New York, and now currently serves as the executive director of the national Council of State Archivists.

In 1997 Anne began an independent consulting practice focusing on organizational development issues for the smaller nonprofit cultural institution. She writes regularly about management and leadership issues for cultural institutions in her blog, Leading by Design. She is a frequent workshop/webinar presenter on issues of museum ethics, executive leadership, financial management, and board roles and responsibilities. In addition to teaching this course, she developed curriculum materials and a webinar on strategic planning for the American Association of State and Local History’s StEPS program, a national standards program for history museums.

Course is Full. Please check back in late 2017 for dates on the 2018 course offering.


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January 9, 2017
January 10, 2017
$199 – $300
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