Professional Development

Updated January 17, 2020


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


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.


ONLINE COURSE: BASICS OF ARCHIVES – STARTS JANUARY 27 This AASLH Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices.


ONLINE COURSE: CARING FOR COLLECTIONS – STARTS JANUARY 27 This AASLH course will deal with the physical care and preservation of your museum collections. This course will cover how collections age and deteriorate, handling collections, storage requirements, environmental considerations, housekeeping, and risk management.


GET OUTSTANDING WORK RECOGNIZED WITH AN AAM AWARD – DEADLINES 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.

  • EdCom Award for Excellence in Practice (January 31)
  • EdCom Award for Excellence in Resources (January 31)


SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM SURVEYSUBMIT RESPONSES BY JANUARY 31 Help the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History by taking this brief survey to share with them what you’d like to see from *your* National Museum.


AASLH LEADERSHIP IN HISTORY AWARD NOMINATIONS – DEADLINES FEBRUARY 1 & MARCH 1 The AASLH Leadership in History Awards recognize exemplary work completed by historical societies, museums, libraries, archives, academic classes or departments, cultural institutions, foundations, and organizations outside the field of traditional historical agencies. Awards are given for exhibits, public programming, multimedia and special projects, publications, individual achievement, and more.


WEBINAR: AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE – FEBRUARY 11 Part of the History Check-In webinar series, a partnership between the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and the Organization of American Historians (OAH), this webinar asks how we can better incorporate African American women into our histories of women’s suffrage and voting rights.


CAM 2020: PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE – DEADLINE FEBRUARY 14 We can’t wait to see you in LA! Register today and don't forget to add pre-conference tours, workshops, and evening event tickets to your registration. On-site registration is not guaranteed.


SOCIAL MEDIA JOURNALISTS AT AAM 2020 CONFERENCE – APPLY BY FEBRUARY 14 AAM is seeking social media journalists for the 2020 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo to help both attendees and non-attendees connect to and engage with conversations taking place in San Francisco on May 17–20. Selected journalists receive complimentary conference registration and a $150 honorarium.


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.


WORKSHOP ON AB-5 CONTRACTOR LEGISLATION – FEBRUARY 25 (SAN JOSE) Learn how to navigate Assembly Bill 5 in this workshop.


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. 



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.


Peer reviewers are museum professionals who volunteer their time to support AAM's Accreditation and Museum Assessment Programs (MAP). They review museum self-assessment materials, conduct site visits and facilitate the institutional planning process. Their service is the critical backbone to the success of both programs. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.


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.