Congratulations!

Congratulations to all our graduates!

As the Museum Studies Program does not have its own ceremony, our masters students were spread across campus, celebrating with the Art History Department, the History Department, the Education Department, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Congratulations to all of the students who finished their program today and best of luck in the next steps outside of Tufts!

Additionally, congratulations to all the students who finished their first year (or even first course) at Tufts! We wish you the best for the rest of your studies!

–Colleen and Jess

Welcome back!

Welcome back to a new year and a new semester! Hopefully you are rested and rejuvenated from the break, if you are a student.

We would just like to take this time to ask you to think of us this semester – if you have a great idea for a post, we would love to hear it! We would also like to post any papers you wrote in previous semesters, or new ones you write for the upcoming semester. We are happy to help edit or bounce around ideas.

If  you have an idea or piece of writing to share, please email us at tufts.museum.blog@gmail.com

Good luck this semester!

Colleen & Jess

Happy Holidays and End of the Semester!

Congratulations to all Tufts students and professors who have officially finished the Fall 2015 semester! If you are like me, you had final projects straight up until this week, and now you can finally relax with friends and family.

We would like to remind you to please keep checking back with the blog over break. We will continue posting job announcements, events, and regular posts from us and some special guest posters.

Finally, now that you might have a little extra time to mull over the work you have done this year, please keep us in mind. We would love to post some of the thoughts that you have had throughout the semester, and we are always happy to help edit or bounce ideas.

Jess and I want to wish a relaxing break to students, professors, and those of you using your precious vacation days (unless you are lucky enough to work in museums that close over the winter break!)

Safe travels and we wish you a healthy New Year.

Colleen & Jess

Survey Results

We are excited to share with you some results from our survey about your reading and viewing preferences! First, though, we want to thank you for taking the time to write down your comments, and for volunteering for guest posts. We should have some interesting posts coming your way soon!

Second, the survey is still open, and we are always checking it for updates so we can stay on top of what you deem important. So if you haven’t taken it yet and want to, or you just feel like changing an aspect of your response (since we know you have nothing better to do with your free time), feel free to follow this link.

Now, for results:

  • Many of you commented that you enjoyed the new layout of the blog. We’re still tweaking around with it, so if you have suggestions, let us know!
  • We got many comments on the helpfulness of the job postings. Since people are reading and noticing the job postings, if you have one you’d like posted on the blog, please email us at tufts.museum.blog@gmail.com
  • The majority of our readers access the blog through their computer browser (not the mobile site). We’re happy you want to view any way, but we’ve managed to make the mobile site more readable as well, if you want to check that out.
  • We had a lot of interest in posts about student led projects, which we were not expecting. Due to these responses, we’ve reached out to various classes in the Museum Studies program and hope to be bringing you posts from different classes. You’ll be able to read about students’ takes on issues in museums as well as get a sense of what different classes offer. We are also exploring the option of having professors or current students write reviews of their course so that you can see what a class might be like before you decide to take it (if you’re a student!). We’ll keep you updated on that front.
    Survey Graph 1
  • Some of you commented that the job postings can be confusing, if you don’t know where each museum is. Because of this, we’re more consistent about posting the city and state in the heading. We’re still working on a better way to coordinate the postings by region, so stay tuned!

 

Welcome New Museum Studies Students!

Last night was the orientation for the incoming Museum Studies students. Jess and I tagged along to meet them all and to talk about the blog, and we are so excited about the newcomers! There are a lot of intelligent, enthusiastic and passionate people coming in to the program. There is a wide variety of interests and experiences, which will lead to some captivating guest posts.

We heard from Cynthia Robinson, the director of the program, and many of the Tufts professors (most of whom are working in museums as their day job) about their plans for their courses. There have been some changes to the courses since last semester, so check them out here if you haven’t had a chance to take a look. It definitely made me wish I could take more than four courses a semester!

A portion of the new students listen to Cynthia Robinson, director of the program, as she discusses internship opportunities

A portion of the new students listen to Cynthia Robinson, director of the program, as she discusses internship opportunities

We wish everyone the best of luck with the new semester! We’re both here and available to talk about the blog, about Tufts, or about life in general. If you’d like to post something (or many things!) on the blog you can contact us at tufts.museum.blog@gmail.com – we’d love to hear from you! Remember that you can submit papers that you’ve written for class or reviews of museums that you are already going to in your free time.

 

Good luck this fall!

Colleen & Jess