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Emerging Museum Professionals (EMP)

BUILDING YOUR NETWORK

Training Classes for those New to the Museum Field

If you are a student about to enter the museum field or if you are new to the museum field you should attend MPMA's 2018 EMP Training Sessions!

EMP sessions are part of MPMA's 2018 Conference. To attend these sessions, you must register for the conference.

Register here

We have all been there and wondered what happens after graduation or if you switch fields. How do I break into the museum field? How do I get a job?  Should I do an internship? How should I dress? What do I look for in an institution? Who do I ask for help?

MPMA’s EMP sessions will help you answer these questions while building your professional network.

You will have the chance to talk to directors to find out what they look for in potential employees and to recently graduated EMPs to learn how they landed their first museum job. One-on-one resume counseling will provide you customized assistance.

By attending EMP sessions, you will make friends who will help you "Get out there" during the conference to meet potential employers and mentors. So sign up and take your first step into a larger world!

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There are EMP Sessions for All Levels of Emerging:

EMP Level 1 – Students newly graduated/about to graduate/looking for their first museum job

EMP Level 2 – Professionals with 1-3 years of professional experience in the field

EMP Level 3 – Professionals with 3+ years at or near mid-career

SCHOLARSHIPS 

Need help making it to the conference? Apply for a scholarship! MPMA and its affiliates have several scholarships available for students and new professionals. Go here for MPMA's Scholarship Application.  Deadline is June 8, 2018.

Conference Highlights for EMPs

EMP ORIENTATION:            Wednesday, September 12, 2018 (EMP Level 1) 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

EMP RESUME BUILDING:  Thursday, September 13 (All Levels) 3:00pm-4:15pm

EMP RESUME REVIEW:      Friday, September 14 (All Levels) 3:00pm-4:15pm

EMP Session and Event Schedule: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

EMP Orientation    12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  

Pre-registration required.

Aimed at EMP Level 1 for Students who will be entering the professional world.
Orientation includes EMP 1 – EMP 4

MPMA presents a series of sessions held at the beginning of the conference and aimed at Emerging Museum Professionals who are wondering, “What happens after graduation? How do I get a job or internship? How do I dress? How do I know if an institution is right for me? Who do I ask for help?”  This orientation to the museum field will help you answer these questions while building your professional network. The orientation is also designed to help EMPs navigate a professional museum conference.  You will make friends in these sessions who will help you “Get out there” during the conference so that you can meet potential employers and mentors. 

12:00pm-12:30pm Lunch Gathering and Icebreaker

12:30pm-1:00pm Introduction to MPMA and Building Your Contacts

The EMP orientation will introduce participants to MPMA, offer suggestions on how to create professional contacts, and navigating the transition from student to professional.

1:00pm-1:30pm Dress for Success and Interviewing Tips

In this session we’ll cover interview tips, making a good impression, and how to dress for success.

1:30pm-1:45pm Break

1:45pm-2:45pm Hiring 101: Internships

This panel of directors, hiring managers, and supervisors’ highlights what they look for in internship applicants.

Presenters: Patti Wood Finkle, Director, Casper College Museums, Casper, WY / Valerie Innella Maiers, Professor, Museum Studies and Art History, Casper College, Casper, WY / Kristin Martin, Programs Director, Museum of World Treasures, Wichita, KS / Erin Brown, Curator of Collections, Oklahoma Territorial Museum, Guthrie, OK / Nathan Turner Regional Director Museums and Historic Sites, Oklahoma Territorial Museum, Guthrie, OK  / Casey Seger, Registrar, Great Plains Art Museum, Lincoln, NE

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - For Any EMP Level

3:00pm-4:15pm

C3: RESUME BUILDING, COVER LETTERS, & CV’S (EMP) 

Writing a resume can be difficult. Learn what to include and how to arrange the information to create an outstanding museum resume. This session will also look at ways you can build and improve your resume for landing that job and how volunteering and other experiences can bulk up your resume.

Presenters: Valerie Innella Maiers, Professor, Museum Studies and Art History, Casper College, Casper, WY / Stephen L. Whittington, Executive Director, National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum and President, MPMA, Leadville, CO / Nathan Turner Regional Director Museums and Historic Sites, Oklahoma Territorial Museum, Guthrie, OK

Friday, September 14, 2018 - For Any EMP Level

10:30am-11:45am

E1: COLLECTIONS ADVICE FOR EMERGING PROFESSIONALS (COLL) (EMP)
This session will give students and emerging professionals valuable knowledge through the advice and experiences of those who have worked in collections management for a number of years. Topics include preservation, storage, dealing with sensitive collections, environmental monitoring, accessibility, ethics, and repatriation among others. Includes a heavy Q&A component.

Presenters: Heidi Vaughn, Director, Laboratory of History Museum, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma / Delaynna Trim, Curator of Collections, Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Shawnee, Oklahoma / Susie Fishman-Armstrong, Collections Manager, Archaeology Division, Sam Noble Museum, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

3:00pm-4:15pm

G3: RESUME REVIEW (EMP)
A panel of directors, hiring managers, and supervisors will review your resume one on one, so come prepared. This is an opportunity to have a set of trained eyes review your resume.

Presenters: Nathan Turner Regional Director Museums and Historic Sites, Oklahoma Territorial Museum, Guthrie, OK  / Kevin Kooistra, Executive Director, Western Heritage Center, Billings, MT / Stephen L. Whittington, Executive Director, National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum & President, MPMA, Leadville,  CO , Erin Brown, Curator of Collections, Oklahoma Territorial Museum, Guthrie, OK.

G6: CURRENT RESEARCH FROM THE FIELD (ED) (EMP)
The Current Research from the Field session provides an opportunity for professionals in the museum and heritage fields to present their research to their colleagues. Students, emerging professionals, and established professionals who work or study in the region will present current research or work in progress on matters relating to museums and heritage.

Chairs: Nicky Ladkin, Assistant Director, Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX / Mark Janzen, Director of Museum Studies, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

Presenters to be selected from proposal submission process. See them HERE.

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