Gregory Stevens – Director
Greg Stevens is the director of the Master of Arts in Museum Professions program and the Institute of Museum Ethics. In this capacity, he oversees a vibrant program focused on preparing students for a dynamic career in museums, and teaches a range of museum topics, including museum education, history and theory of museums, managing people and projects, museum technologies, and legal/ethical issues.
Previously, from 2007-2017, he directed the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Professional Development program, through which he addressed career management, leadership development, and professional skills-building for museum colleagues. Prior to AAM, Stevens held positions at the National Museum of the U.S. Army, developing education programs for a planned museum at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia; Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, where he co-led the team that launched the first Building Museums conference; National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., where he was the highest-rated educator for four years; Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, where he developed Discovery Stations for in-gallery, hands-on interpretation; and Kellogg Performing and Visual Arts Elementary School in San Diego, California, where for ten years he co-directed a lively arts program for a diverse community.
Stevens co-edited (with Wendy Luke) A Life in Museums: Managing Your Museum Career (2012, The AAM Press), has written numerous articles and book chapters on museum practice, and has taught museum courses and workshops at Johns Hopkins University, The George Washington University, and the University of Washington. He is principal of Purple Cow Career and Talent Development, helping emerging and mid-career professionals through job search and career transition coaching.
Stevens earned his M.A.T. in Museum Education from The George Washington University and his B.A. in Theatre from San Diego State University. He has long promoted both the opportunity and obligation of professional engagement, believing in the power each of us has to be the best professional we can be, help strengthen our institutions, foster communities of practice, and bring the field together around critical issues, speaking with one voice about why museums are essential in our society.
Devon Mancini – Museum Professions Graduate Assistant
Devon Mancini, of Shamong, New Jersey, is a student in the M.A. in Museum Professions program in the Exhibition Development professional track. She earned her B.A. in History with minors in Russian Interdisciplinary Studies and International Studies from Montclair State University in December 2018. Devon’s passion for education led her to the museum field, where she saw an opportunity to use her love of creativity and design to create programs for museum visitors who have a desire to learn. In the future she hopes to work as an exhibition designer and educate the public on important topics, inspiring action and change.