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Theory & Practice Call for Submissions Spring 2019

T&PHeadline1000 (1)Call for Papers: Theory and Practice: The Emerging Museum Professionals Journal is accepting Abstracts for consideration for its second volume: “Museum Futures: Diversity, Inclusivity, and Social Justice.”

Abstract Deadline: Monday, December 3, 2018.

The future of museums is constantly in question, yet the shifting priorities of museums throughout history have shown that museums are, in fact, adaptable.

In our second volume in the “Museum Futures” series, we seek to engage in a dialogue about how issues of diversity, inclusivity, and social justice will affect how museums interact with objects, visitors, and their communities at-large. What do we mean when we speak about diversity? How can museums expand the ways in which they are inclusive? What is the role of the museum in the examination and implementation of social justice?

This volume seeks to answer these questions by exploring the transdisciplinary theories involved in museum studies, as well as what we learn from being practitioners within museums.

Submission Requirements:

  • Name and email
  • Title
  • Abstract (up to 250 words)
  • Author bio (up to 200 words)
  • Keywords (up to 5)

Deadline for Abstract is December 3, 2018 to be included in the spring 2019 issue. Submission of research papers, presentations, exhibition reviews, and book reviews are welcome. MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations are welcome as we realize the inherent transdisciplinarity of the museum field.

Authors will be notified of their accepted proposals no later than December 15, 2018.

Submissions should be made online by clicking here. If you have any questions, please email T&P Editor Kelsey Picken,

Theory and Practice: The Emerging Museum Professionals Journal is coproduced by The Museum Scholar and the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network. There are no fees for participation and all articles will be free for all to read.

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Join our Board of Directors!

The NEMPN is currently recruiting for 4 new board members for the position of General Board Member. This position requires 20 volunteer hours each month and must serve on one of the NEMPN Board Committees. The position is a two year engagement and can be renewed up to 3 times.

Board Responsibilities Include:

  • Voting on all voting decisions
  • Volunteering on a NEMPN Board Committee
  • Participating in 5 board meetings a year (required to attend at least 4)
  • Attend at least one Leaders Meeting with all of NEMPN’s Chapter Leaders
  • Promoting and supporting NEMPN’s mission and vision
  • Share ideas on the direction and focus of NEMPN
  • Adhere to the bi-laws and governing principles of NEMPN
  • Sign an annual conflict-of-interest disclosure and update it during the year if necessary, as well as disclose potential conflicts before meetings and actual conflicts during meetings
  • Maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of the organization
  • Volunteers for and willingly accepts assignments and completes them thoroughly and on time

The ideal candidate will be a museum professional looking for ways to be more connected in the museum field or make an impact in the museum field.  

National EMP Network is dedicated to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in the museum field and strive to include the voices of diverse populations of culture, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, geographical region, political affiliation, and disability. When NEMPN uses the strengths and different perspectives that each individual offers, we feel we are in a better position to serve the entire community of Emerging Museum Professionals more effectively.

All meetings are held electronically via Google Hangouts or via a conference line.

National EMP Network’s mission is to engage museum professionals across all stages of their careers in building vibrant communities of networking, knowledge exchange, and resource sharing.

The National Emerging Museum Professionals Network envisions communities in which museum professionals make meaningful connections within and across backgrounds, disciplines, and institutions by providing leadership, responding to changing needs, enriching experiences, growing capabilities, sharing resources, advocating for the museum profession, and connecting groups on a local and national level.

If you are interested in joining the NEMPN Board of Directors please send your resume, 3 references, and a statement of interest to by December 15th, 2018.

Announcing a new journal: Theory and Practice

Announcing a new journal: Theory and Practice 

The National Emerging Museum Professional Network (NEMPN) partners with The Museum Scholar to coproduce a new peer-reviewed academic journal Theory and Practice. The inaugural issue will feature articles focusing on the future of museums with an emphasis on the role of technology, culture, and politics.

Theory and Practice will help enable emerging museum professionals to make meaningful connections across backgrounds, disciplines, and institutions. This issue is the first of a thematic journal series exploring varied topics related to museums, with articles written by emerging professionals.

Utilizing The Museum Scholar’s Open Access Gold platform, Theory and Practice will be free for readers online, granting broader access to ideas to advance knowledge across the museum field. There is also no fee for authors to participate.

Each article is published in two formats on the journal’s website: as a downloadable academic paper, and as a web-based publication.


Theory & Practice Call for Submissions Spring 2018

Theory and Practice: The NEMPN Online Journal 

Call for Papers: Theory and Practice: The Emerging Museum Professionals Journal is accepting submissions for its first issue, entitled, “Museum Futures: Technology, Culture, and Politics in the Shifting Paradigm”

Abstract Submission deadline:  Please stay tuned for our next Call for Papers for Theory and Practice. In the meantime, please read through our First Edition of Theory and Practice, available at The Museum Scholar. 

The future of museums is constantly in question, yet the shifting paradigms of museums throughout history have shown that museums are, in fact, adaptable. But, what does the museum of the future look like? How are current politics affecting the responsibilities of the museum? How does technology fit in? And how will culture change?

This issue seeks to answer these questions by exploring the transdisciplinary theories involved in the museum, as well as what we learn from practicing them. Through both positive and critical lenses, the journal will extract the key issues and findings that make the museum a unique space within the current social and political environment, and how that may or may not change in the future.

Submission Guidelines:

 Abstracts can be submitted at any time, and will be approved on a rolling basis. Your abstract should be no more than 150 words in length, and your submission should also include the following information:

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Title
  • Keywords (up to 5)
  • Proposal Type (research papers, forum articles, presentation, exhibition review, book review, other)

Submission of research papers, forum articles, presentations, exhibition reviews, and book reviews are welcome. MLA, APA, and Chicago formats are all welcome as we realize the inherent transdisciplinarity of the museum field.

Abstract Submissions should be emailed as a PDF or Word Doc directly to by the submission deadline for peer-review, or online by clicking here.

For more information, please contact issue editor, Kelsey Picken, at


Curator of Collections and Exhibitions ($40,000 – $45,000)

Position Title
Curator of Collections and Exhibitions

Hiring Institution
Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art

City, State
Scranton, PA

Salary/Hourly Compensation
$40,000 – $45,000

Position Description
The Curator of Collections and Exhibitions is responsible for the development and management of art collections and all exhibitions at the Everhart Museum. Full description and link to position can be found here. 

Duties include:
o Manage the care and use of the Everhart Museum art collections.
o Develop a roster of temporary exhibitions that engage existing and target audiences, including translating museum collections in temporary exhibitions.
o Provide oversight on the maintenance of permanent exhibitions.
o Oversee and participate in the fabrication, installation, and deinstallation of exhibitions.
o Work with Programs Department to develop public programs complementary to the exhibitions and collection.
o Maintain active relationships with artists, community members, lenders, donors, and professional colleagues.
o Build partnerships that enhance community engagement.
o Coordinate PR or marketing efforts with the Director of Development & Marketing.
o Serve as staff liaison to the Collections & Exhibitions Committee of the Board of Trustees. Responsible for preparing meeting agenda and compiling minutes for distribution.

Preferred Degree in Area of Study
Any combination of training and experience which is likely to provide the required knowledge and abilities would be acceptable for employment. A typical background would be: A minimum of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) from a college or university in the field of museum studies, history, art, art history, anthropology, or a related field, a Master Degree is preferred with a minimum of five years of curatorial or collection management experience.

Interested in hiring applicants ONLY with direct experience to the position and individuals that fit the organization’s internal culture.

Quantified Level of Education vs. Years of Experience is Preferred
5-10 or Bachelors, 3-5 years or Masters

Full Time Traditional Schedule (M-F; 9am-5pm)

Benefits Include
Health Insurance, Paid Vacation, Flexible Schedule, Raises (annual, cost of living, performance based, etc.), Professional Development Opportunities (conferences, webinars, coaching, etc.), Team Building Activities, Annual Holiday Bonus, COL and performance based raises are given but not annually

Closing Date 
Open until filled

Management Styles of the Organization (you can find the descriptions of each style by following this link)
Management style is a combination of Authoritative, Participative, and Coaching


Applicants should submit a resume, a one-page narrative describing interest and experience, and the names of three references.

Resumes should be sent to
Aurore Giguet at

Include the following with your resume
References, one-page narrative describing interest and experience

Interview Process
The Executive Director will review all applicants. The top five candidates will be interviewed by the Executive Director, the top three will be brought in to meet staff and select Board Members. The final hiring decision is made by the Executive Director after receiving input from staff and board.

Interview Follow Up 
It’s okay to email if we haven’t gotten back to applicants in the time we said we would, We expect a thank you email after applicants have been interviewed, We expect a thank you letter/card after applicants have been interviewed

Please do not call or drop in to inquire about this position.

Applicants WILL be notified if they do not get the job, notified if the decision is taking longer than anticipated

Lunch with a Leader: Chicago EMP

Lunch with a Leader is back! Join us on December 19th for a conversation with Nancy Harmon and other members of the Chicago EMP leadership team about how EMPs can make it in the Windy City, biggest obstacles facing EMPs, and a little bit of Chicago trivia!

We ask you to join us on your lunch break for this half hour sessions getting YOU more connected with a different NEMPN group each month. In this session we will be speaking with Chicago EMP leaders! Have questions? Join the conversation for the last 10 minutes of the session to pose your most burning inquires.

You can watch the live stream on our YouTube Channel here: