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.
- M.A.T., The George Washington University
- B.A., San Diego State University
- Co-authored and co-edited (with Wendy Luke) A Life in Museums: Managing Your Museum Career (2012, The AAM Press)
- Wrote chapter “Then, Now, Next: Transferring A Lifetime of Careers” in Teaching the Museum: Careers in Museum Education, Leah M. Melber, ed. (2014, The AAM Press)
- Wrote career essay in Creative Careers in Museums, Jan Burdick, ed. (2008, Allworth Press)
- Authored “Leadership, and Why You Need a SWOT Analysis (and a Personal Board of Directors).” Alliance Labs online (August 2, 2017), The American Alliance of Museums
- Authored “Excellence and Equity at 25: Then, Now, Next.” Museum (July/August 2017), The American Alliance of Museums
- Co-authored (with Marsha Semmel, Sam Moore, and Elizabeth Isele), “Generational Inclusion: Shattering Stereotypes and Questioning Assumptions.” Informal Learning Review (No. 144, May/June 2017), Informal Learning Experiences
- Co-authored (with Rebecca Sinel, Charlotte Martin, and Ashley Terrell-Rea) “Rise and Shine: Early Morning Programs for People with Autism.” Museum (September/October 2016), The American Alliance of Museums
- Co-authored (with Sheri Levinsky-Raskin) “Nothing About Us Without Us: Reflections on Inclusive Practice at Cultural Institutions.” Museum (January/February 2016), American Alliance of Museums
- Authored “ADA @ 25: A Look Back.” Museum (September/October 2015), American Alliance of Museums
- Authored “Raise Your Hand: Professional Engagement Starts with You.” Museum (September/October 2015), American Alliance of Museums
- Co-authored (with Wendy Luke) “Happiness, Gratitude and Saying Thank You.” Museum (January/February 2015), American Alliance of Museums
- Authored “Mid-Year Career Checkup.” Museum (July/August 2014), American Alliance of Museums