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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:

EMPs at SEMC 2017

Here are a list of sessions and activities recommended for EMPs attending the SEMC conference in New Orleans this year.


Tuesday, September 12, 5:30-6:30PM: Join SEMC EMPs and students at 21st Amendment for happy hour at a bar that pays tribute to the Prohibition era in U.S. history. Network and meet new friends!

If attending the conference, feel free to meet in the Grand Ballroom Gallery to walk to 725 Iberville Street as a group. Find the Facebook Event here.

Session List for EMPs
Sunday, September 10, 7-10PM: Pre-conference Event at Presbytere, Louisiana State Museum
Monday, September 11, 1-2:15PM: “Membership Reboot: Redesigning Your Program”
Monday, September 11, 1-2:15PM: “Millennial Program Development: Exploring Options”
Monday, September 11, 4-4:30PM: “New Members/First Timer Annual Meeting Attendees Welcome”
Monday, September 11, 6:30-9:30PM: Evening Event at the New Orleans Museum of Art and the New Orleans Botanic Garden
Tuesday, September 12, 10:45AM-Noon: “Student Work in Museums (SWIM) Poster Session”
Tuesday, September 12, 10:45AM-Noon: “Cataloging and Organizing an Unruly Collection”
Tuesday, September 12, 2-3:15PM: “Spotlight on Student Work in Museums (SWIM)”
Tuesday, September 12, 3:30-4:45PM: “EMPs in the Round: A Discussion for Emerging Museum Professionals”
Tuesday, September 12, 7-9PM: Evening Event at the National WWII Museum and Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Conference registration required for all events except the EMP happy hour meetup. To register click here.