Museology Master of Arts Program

Linda DeJesusLinda High, ’14
The Museum of Flight, Education Services Coordinator

What inspires me
As the coordinator of the Alaska Airlines Aerospace Education Center, I am always inspired by the families and students who visit the museum. They inspire me to create innovative and interesting programming. I hope that our institution inspires our visitors, especially young men and women to pursue careers in the STEM field. The Museum of Flight strives to present STEM subject matter in new and fun ways and working with such an enthusiastic education team has been a once in a lifetime experience. I must also admit that I am also inspired by other institutions in the US and throughout the world. Keeping track of what my peers in this field are working on and implementing around the world is inspiring and pushes me to be a better educator. I strive to be a positive role model and inspire youth to believe in themselves and never give up their goals.

What I love about my career
I love my career because I get to interact with families and students and see their development and interest in aviation grow. I have the privilege of making connections with parents and students who visit the Alaska Airlines Aerospace Education Center. I love this aspect of my job because I hope that we as educators are positive role models for the thousands of youth we see every year at The Museum of Flight and will inspire them to follow their dreams. I also love my job because of the thousands of aircraft, some rare and some not so rare, I have the opportunity to see each and every day. Where else would I have the privilege to be able to get on an F-18 jet and also get a private tour of Johnson Space Center?


Taline_KuyumjianTaline Kuyumjian, ’14
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Research and Evaluation Associate

What inspires me
Honestly, I love museums and I love visitors, and I just want everyone to have a good time. No matter what museum I find myself in, I am constantly thinking about how visitors’ experiences are taking shape. Are they enjoying themselves? What are they learning? Do they want to come back? When I see museum visitors I am reminded of the people I care about, and try to think about the visit from their perspective. It’s from that place that I’m inspired to work in museums. Doing so allows me to spend time in a place I love, creating engaging, memorable experiences for those I love.

What I love about my career
Working in research and evaluation is the best. My job is to advocate for visitors, using their voices. Whether it is helping to develop an exhibit or a program, I get to talk with visitors about how they can be improved. I love exploring that data, identifying key findings to share with with project teams so they can make informed decisions. This career allows me to do a little bit of everything, which is actually my favorite part of working in museums.


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Garrett Barmore, ’13
W. M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum, Museum Curator

What inspires me
My museum gives school tours to around 6,000 K-12 students annually. This may not seem like a lot, but it is for our small museum. The Keck has been free for 108 years, this attracts many Title One schools to the museum. For many of our schools, this is the only field trip they get for the entire year. What I find inspirational is when these kids, many of which receive three free meals from their schools a day, give a penny, a quarter, or even a dollar to the donation box. I never mention the box to the students, but I always thank them if they donate. This is one of the most inspirational moments of my job.

What I love about my career
I love telling cool stories. I love transforming boring rocks into exciting epics. I truly believe that museums, more than anything else, are engines of inspiration. A good museum inspires, cultivates wonder, and covertly educates. My job is not to create geologists, but to inspire a visitor so they want to become a geologist. Everybody who visits museums has a “museum moment”, a story where their lives changed because of an experience at a museum. I love creating experiences that may be one of those life altering moments.


Katie_BuckinghamKatie Buckingham (Phelps), ’12
Museum of Glass, Assistant Curator

What inspires me
I am inspired by the challenges of the complex process of using art and objects to tell a story. Museum of Glass is incredibly exciting because we have a working glassblowing studio, where visitors can watch artists work and learn more about their process. Connecting the educational experience visitors have in the Hot Shop with the fine arr creates a new narrative in every exhibition.

What I love about my career
I love teaching people about art because, even if in a small way, I am encouraging people to bring creativity into their lives. I am so grateful to work in museums because my role is about encouraging people to learn, seek new experiences, and inspire them to make artwork or undertake a creative project at home.


Anna Lopez, ’16
Woodland Park Zoo, Audience Research Coordinator

What inspires me
Things/People/Events that are different. Being/Doing things that are different in both a personal and public space forces people to take notice and in that pause is when amazing conversations can happen. I take inspiration from pop culture, and institutions like the Walker Art Center.

What I love about my career
Everything. I love having the opportunity to talk to visitors who come to our institution and get an insight that the majority of staff never hear. It’s a reminder that I do what I do because I honestly believe that nonprofits should reflect their community, and you can’t do that unless you talk to them. I also love coming up with ways to present data/info that is relevant to our institution, whether that is creating quick info videos or presenting data in a playful nature.


Andrea Arenas, ’11
The Museum of Flight, Development Coordinator

What inspires me
Museums! Seeing the passion, innovation and dedication that other people have for their craft and community inspires me to pursue my dreams. For me, museums are a source of inspiration because they illustrate the achievements and discoveries of the world.

What I love about my career
I love how diverse my career has been. I’ve worked in history, natural history, science, and aviation museums. I’ve been fortunate to work in several different museum positions and have found that I love development because it allows me to share my passion with donors and guests, and ultimately strengthen the mission of the museum and expand our museum community.