I’m Cynthia Robinson, Director of the Tufts Museum Studies Program, a position I’ve held since 2007. I am a faculty member in the Education Department (and I also oversee the museum studies components in the History and Art History Departments). Before coming to Tufts I worked in and with museums. I started my museum career at Old Sturbridge Village as an interpreter and museum teacher. I ran the education departments at the Worcester Historical Museum and the National Heritage Museum, and managed programs and collections at the Bostonian Society. I was the executive director of a state-wide museum association for about 10 years, and I did freelance work for numerous museums and other non-profits.
My specialty is museum education but I infuse teaching with my experience in many other aspects of museum work. I was lucky in my museum career to be able to curate exhibitions, manage collections, write grants (and review grants for federal agencies too), supervise employees, conduct research, and participate in strategic planning, fundraising, evaluation, and marketing.
I spend more time on campus than in museums these days, but I stay closely involved with the museum world by visiting students in their museum practicums and by serving as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Museum Education. Since 2010, I’ve work with the journal’s governing organization, the Museum Education Roundtable, to produce first three and now four issues of this peer-reviewed journal each year. I work closely with editorial team members, guest-editors, authors, and reviewers to generate a platform for research and discourse about the future of museum education and strategies for increasing visitors’ understanding of themselves and the world.