Steven Miller, an adjunct instructor in the M.A. in Museum Professions program within the College of Communication and the Arts, recently published a comprehensive textbook for museum professionals, The Anatomy of a Museum: An Insiders Text. His textbook is based on his 15 years of experience teaching one of the program’s core courses, Anatomy of a Museum.
Miller, the former executive director of Boscobel House and Gardens, began teaching for the Museum Professions program in 2002. Anatomy of a Museum, a foundational course in the program that provides students with a basic introduction in all aspects of museum operation. Miller’s text follows the outline of the course with the goal to introduce in a brief, yet informative manner all aspects of how and why museums operate.
After being unable to find a single comprehensive text for the class, Miller wrote his own textbook based on his experience in the field. He has more than 40 years in the museum field serving in various capacities, including the executive director at the Bennington Museum, the assistant director at the Maine State Museum, and the senior curator at the Museum of the City of New York.
“The Anatomy of a Museum: An Insiders Text is a personal perspective based on my several decades of experience as a museum curator, director, educator, consultant, writer, and trustee,” said Miller. “I hope this text will become the text of choice for programs around the world.”
Dr. Charlotte Nichols, Museum Professions program director, shared her thoughts on the text. “As the first of its kind, Steven Miller’s book will be important for graduate students in the museum field everywhere because it engagingly projects a love for and deep knowledge of museums, together with a realistic approach to navigating the profession,” she said. “Students in the M.A. in Museum Professions program can take special pride in having played a key role in a seminal publication.”
The M.A. in Museum Professions is an on-campus program designed for individuals interested in pursuing careers in museums or related cultural institutions. Students in the program select one of four professional tracks, including Museum Education, Museum Registration, Museum Management, or Exhibition Development.
The College currently offers three Master's-level programs, including Museum Professions, Strategic Communication, and Public Relations. In addition, four dual-degree options, including three accelerated B.A./M.A. programs and a dual M.A. degree with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are offered. A Ph.D. program is currently under development.