Helen M. Shannon, Ph.D.

Helen M. Shannon, Ph.D.

Helen M. Shannon, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Museum Studies and Director of the M.A. Program in Museum Education. Understanding the need to place education at the heart of museums, she served as Executive Director of the New Jersey State Museum (2001-2006). She has worked in museum education at the St. Louis Art Museum (teacher resource center), the Detroit Institute of Arts (school and teacher programs; docent and outreach programs), and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (adult public programs).

Ms. Shannon holds degrees in art history--B.A., Stanford University; M.A., the University of Chicago; Ph.D., Columbia University. Her teaching career has included positions at Rutgers-New Brunswick and Sarah Lawrence College. She has spoken at museums and colleges as well as at academic and professional conferences on such subjects as the state of museums and museum education, the influence of African art on American modernism, and the history of African-American art.

Courses Taught:
• Museology: The History and Theory of Museums
• Educational Programming for Museums
• Graduate Museum Project
• Thesis Research: Museum Education
• Thesis Development: Museum Education