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Online Course: Leadership and Administration for History Organizations

History museum leadership is more complex and demanding than ever before, requiring updated and innovative ways to meet mission and keep organizations healthy. Thoughtful, intentional museum administration and leadership matters, regardless of the size or focus of your organization.

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.

Details

DATES: July 1 - August 23, 2019

COST: $195 AASLH Members/ $295 Nonmembers

OPEN REGISTRATION: January 31 - June 21, 2019; 20 Person Limit

REGISTER HERE

Logistics:

FORMAT: Online, weekly-paced course

LENGTH: 8 weeks; 3-4 hours per week

PARTICIPATION STYLE: Weekly one-hour online chats (schedule to be determined based on student availability); weekly assignments; final course assignment

MATERIALS: Two required texts (see below).

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

Description & Outcomes:

During the eight weeks of this course, modules addressing 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 will be covered. The course includes a combination of topical reading assignments and related weekly assignments and online chats. A final course assignment is due the last week of class.

Participant Outcomes

After completing this course, participants will understand principles and best practices of Leadership and Administration including the following:

  • the public trust role and governance structure of most nonprofit museums;
  • the importance of museum mission, vision, change, and strategic planning;
  • the major administrative and leadership roles and responsibilities of the board and staff;
  • the key issues in human resource management, including building effective teams
  • why leadership matters at all levels;
  • charting your museum’s future and measuring effectiveness; and
  • where the museum field is heading in the future.

Sample Curriculum

  • Week 1: Course overview; an inside look at nonprofits, public trust and governance
  • Week 2: Museum Boards, Their Roles, Responsibilities, Expectations, and Their Relationship to Museum Staff
  • Week 3: The Importance of Museum Vision and Mission
  • Week 4:  Administrative and Management Responsibilities, Relationships, Structures, Systems and Networks
  • Week 5:  Human Resource Management – Building Effective Teams and Mentoring
  • Week 6:  Why Leadership Matters, At All Levels
  • Week 7:  Charting Your Museum’s Future and Measuring Effectiveness
  • Week 8:  Putting It All Together: Where the Field is Heading and How You Fit In

Texts Used (sold separately)

Required Texts:

Anne W. Ackerson and Joan Baldwin, Leadership Matters, https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780759121850/Leadership-Matters

Hugh H. Genoways and Lynne M. Ireland (revised by Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko), Museum Administration 2.0, https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442255524/Museum-Administration-2.0

Who Should Attend:

Successful participants will be individuals in institutional leadership positions at the staff, board, and volunteer levels (where volunteers supervise others), 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 students, interns, or volunteers who do not have managerial responsibilities. We recommend that only one person per institution take this course at a time. 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.

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.


Online Course: Leadership and Administration in History Organizations

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.

Details:

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.

 


Can Women Educators Have it All?

I really enjoy the Leadership Matters blog by Joan Baldwin and Anne Ackerson. They write on a variety of topics related to leadership in the 21st century museum environment. A recent blog post of theirs, "Can Museum Women Have it All?", previews Women+Museums, their upcoming book on the specific difficulties of women, specifically women with families, working in a museum environment.

 

Costumed interpretor dressed as a cook in the Kitchen at Attingham Park, Shropshire.
Costumed interpretor dressed as a cook in the Kitchen at Attingham Park, Shropshire.

 

Thinking as a woman educator and interpreter in the history field, I had some additional thoughts about the complexity of this topic:

  • Educators are overwhelmingly women. Our work often takes place outside the regular hours of the work week, making child care increasingly difficult.
  • Working a programmatic schedule is not conducive to pumping (if you're a nursing mom), juggling a family schedule, or even maintaining relationships with loved ones on a "normal" schedule.
  • There is at times, the extreme irony that many of us take much time away from our families and loved ones in order to work with families.

As I move into being more of an administrator, it is important to me that we consider quality of life, flex scheduling, and other special allowances that recognize the difficulty of consistently working on an "off" business hours schedule. I ask myself and fellow managers: how we can be kind within the context of the work in order to give benefits whenever possible?

What are other solutions? What do you see at your institution that makes the balancing act of life easier? Please leave a comment below or chime in on social media by tagging AASLH on Twitter (@AASLH) or Facebook.


Peabody Essex Museum Receives $750K Grant to Expand Native American Fellowship

The Boston Globe reported this morning that the Peabody Essex Museum (AASLH member since 2002) has received a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in order to expand their Native American Fellowship program.

The three-year grant...will enable the museum to increase the number of fellows it admits annually, extend the program to 12 weeks, and introduce more formal mentoring programs...

First created by the museum six years ago, the Native American Fellowship program is believed to be the only one of its kind in the country. Reserved for students of Native American or native Hawaiian descent, the program provides specific fellowships in curatorial, educational, media, and manuscript processing...

Mariët Westermann, vice president of the Mellon Foundation, said the grant to the PEM was in keeping with the Foundation’s ongoing efforts to increase staff, audience, and programming diversity within art museums, making them “more representative of the great and rapidly changing diversity of the American people.”

“Since we possess one of the most important collections of Native American art we have responsibilities that exceed simply assuring that it’s properly cared for and that we’re doing innovative exhibitions and publications,” [Dan Monroe] said. “We feel a responsibility for actually helping steward and support the continuation and advancement of Native American and native Hawaiian cultures.”

Read the entire article at The Boston Globe.

 

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Image from Native Fashion Now, an upcoming exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum