Professional Development

Updated November 20, 2019


Hosted by the American Alliance of Museums and other museum service organizations, this calendar lists opportunities for museum professionals. 


OPEN CALL FOR CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL GRANT REVIEW PANELISTS – DEADLINE NOVEMBER 21 Grant review panelist applications are open now! The CAC is committed to widening participation within their panel pool to ensure the integrity of the grant review process and incorporate all of California's diversity into sound decision-making for the field.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: WMA 2020 SESSIONS – DEADLINE NOVEMBER 22 The WMA's Annual Meeting provides museum professionals an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and learn from one another by attending valuable sessions. Diverse presentations are a key component to the success of the Annual Meeting. Submit a session or workshop proposal for WMA 2020 in Portland, OR.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: DIGITAL INITIATIVES SYMPOSIUM 2020 – DEADLINE NOVEMBER 22 The Digital Initiatives Symposium at the University of San Diego is accepting proposals for its full day conference on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. This year, they are especially interested in proposals from international applicants and/or proposals with international perspectives.


SURVEY: CHARITABLE GIVING – RESPOND BY NOVEMBER 30 The American Alliance of Museums provides this brief survey in coordination with the Charitable Giving Coalition. This short survey has nine questions about the need for services in your community and giving trends at your organization since the 2017 tax law took effect.


AAMC & AAMC FOUNDATION AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE – DEADLINE DECEMBER 2 The Association of Art Museum Curators is seeking nominations for both affiliated and independent curators that offer new methodologies, consider the public’s understanding, and advance the field. Awards are given in the following categories: Outstanding Printed Exhibition or Permanent Collection Catalogue; Outstanding Exhibition or Installation; Outstanding Article or Essay; and Outstanding Digital Publication.


WEBINAR: INTRODUCTION TO AUDIO, VISUAL & FILM MEDIA AND THEIR CARE – DECEMBER 5 In this webinar, many types of media & materials that comprise audiovisual media and movie film will be presented in an historical context to give participants an ability to more accurately identify these types of artifacts that may be in their collections. Care & storage practices will be presented along with the various media.


CAM 2020: SCHOLARSHIP & FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES NOW AVAILABLE – APPLY BY DECEMBER 6 Scholarships are now available for 20/20 Vision. In addition to general CAM scholarships, fellowships and scholarships are also available for alumni of the Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship program. The application deadline for these opportunities is Friday, December 6, 2019.


GET OUTSTANDING WORK RECOGNIZED WITH AN AAM AWARD – DEADLINES DECEMBER 6–JANUARY 31 Do you know an outstanding leader, curator, or other museum professional? Nominate a colleague (or yourself!) for one of these national field-wide awards.

  • Excellence in Label Writing Competition (December 6)
  • Excellence in Exhibition Competition (December 7)
  • John Cotton Dana Award for Leadership (December 15)
  • EdCom Award for Excellence in Practice (January 31)
  • EdCom Award for Excellence in Resources (January 31)


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: AASLH 2020 – DEADLINE DECEMBER 9 The 2020 AASLH Annual Meeting will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 23-26, with the theme What Kind of Ancestor Will You Be? "What will historians, history professionals, and history lovers say about us? Will they say that our generation was the one to lift the veil of division? Will they say that our generation focused on community interpretation that emphasized bringing proximity to differences as opposed to isolation?"


AASLH HISTORY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE – DEADLINE DECEMBER 15 Beginning June 2020, this AASLH seminar will include two weeks of online learning, followed by a two-week in-person experience. The virtual online component will allow the select group of Associates to engage in both live and asynchronous conversations around major questions and readings. Immediately following, Associates will convene in-person for a two-week residential seminar hosted by the Indiana Historical Society.


GETTY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE NEXTGEN 2020 – DEADLINE JANUARY 6 NextGen 2020 is a blended-learning experience for the museum field's emerging top talent. The program is designed for mid-level managers with three to five years in a new position. The program blends one week of online learning and one week of residency in a collegial environment at Claremont Graduate University in March 2020.


CAM 2020: GROUP REGISTRATION DISCOUNT FOR CAM INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERS – DEADLINE JANUARY 10 Don’t miss the opportunity to send an entire team from your institution! CAM institutional members are invited to take advantage of a group discount. Contact CAM to register.

  • $2,500 for 10 conference registrations
  • 20% off any additional conference registrations
  • A savings of $690 for ENGAGE institutional members!

CAM 2020: EARLY BIRD DEADLINE FOR DISCOUNTED CONFERENCE REGISTRATION – DEADLINE JANUARY 10 We can’t wait to see you in LA! Register as early as possible to secure your spot at the conference and to get the best registration rates. On-site registration is not guaranteed.

  • Discounted Early Bird Registration Deadline: January 10, 2020
  • Pre-Registration Deadline: February 14, 2020


GETTY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE MLI 2020 – DEADLINE JANUARY 22 The renowned Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders is designed to help experienced top-level executives become better leaders to strengthen their institutions' capabilities and advance the field. This intensive management program, scheduled for May–June 2020, is for CEOs, Directors, COOs, and senior-level museum executives who influence policy, effect change, and are in the first two to seven years of their position.


REGISTRATION FOR 2020 MUSEUMS ADVOCACY DAY NOW OPEN  FEBRUARY 2425, 2020 The next national Museums Advocacy Day, February 24–25, 2020 on Capitol Hill, is a unique opportunity to join fellow museum professionals and supporters to make the case for museums. Gain advocacy strategies and techniques to use with your legislators, local and regional funders, and learn to advocate for yourself throughout your career.


NEW RESOURCE: THE INCLUSIVE HISTORIAN'S HANDBOOK This reference source supports inclusive and equity-focused historical work in public settings by sharing a knowledge base that invites more people to engage in history projects. This handbook provides concrete examples of how to make history work more relevant. It centers on equity, inclusivity, diversity, and public service while offering accessible windows into the many ways public historians work.


NEW TOOL FOR CHANGEMAKERS NOW AVAILABLE: BAY AREA EQUITY ATLAS The Bay Area Equity Atlas is a comprehensive data support system to track the state of equity across the region and inform solutions for inclusive prosperity as well as policy solutions and stories.


NEW REQUIRED HARASSMENT TRAINING FOR ALL STAFF Last year the California legislature passed SB 1343 expanding the requirement for who has to be trained on sexual (and other) harassment issues, largely in response to the #MeToo movement. Previously, only supervisors had to take the training, and it was only required for organizations with 50 or more staff. Now, it is required for all employees in organizations with 5 or more paid staff. The required training has to be completed by the end of 2019.



This report reveals that women of color encounter systemic obstacles to their advancement over and above the barriers faced by white women and men of color. Education and training are not the solution—women of color with high levels of education are more likely to be in administrative roles and are more likely to report frustrations about inadequate and inequitable salaries.


FREE DOWNLOAD: TRANSGENDER INCLUSION TOOLKIT FROM AAM LGBTQ ALLIANCE TASK FORCE The AAM LGBTQ Alliance’s Task Force for Transgender Inclusion recently released the Gender Transition and Transgender Inclusion in the Museum Workplace: A Toolkit for Trans Individuals, Institutions, and Coworkers. This expansive set of guides approaches trans inclusion from various perspectives in an approachable and easy-to-understand format.    


Get weekly professional development when you sign up for a JFKU online Museum Fundamentals class. Take one of two classes for Winter Quarter 2020, starting January 6:

  • Visitor Experience with Susan Spero, PhD 
  • Strategic Thinking & Planning with Michelle Powers, MA/MBA

All courses offer twelve lessons that involve key concepts and discussions with the online instructor. Each course costs $350 ($300 for CAM members).

For questions about the courses or to receive more information about the program, contact Susan Spero at

CAM members receive 15% off registration - save $262 on the entire series! Each course costs $297.50 for CAM members or $350 for non-members. Contact CAM at to receive your discount.