Introduction

The Smithsonian Institution includes nineteen museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research centers, and follows the original nineteenth-century mission envisioned by Englishman James Smithson for the "increase and diffusion of knowledge." Serving as the US National Museum, the Smithsonian is a leader among world museums. Using the Institutional Strategic Plan, National Campaign, and Grand Challenges Consortia as case studies, we examine museum leadership and change in the digital age, fundraising campaign strategies, and pan-Smithsonian initiatives for interdisciplinary research, new collaborations, and educational outreach. Guest lecturers may include Smithsonian staff from museums and archives, education and access, finance and administration, advancement, external affairs and international relations, and business enterprises.

Meet The Faculty

Michele Delaney

Michele Delaney

Senior Program Officer for History and Culture, Office of the Provost, Smithsonian Institution

Michelle Anne Delaney is the senior program officer for history and culture in the Smithsonian's Office of the Provost/Under Secretary for Museums and Research. Delaney is leading Signature Programs expansion in the areas of understanding the American experience and valuing world cultures, with current emphasis on cultural heritage preservation, innovation, immigration, and waterways projects, and provides central administrative management and programmatic support for the nine Smithsonian American history and culture museums and research centers. Previously, Delaney was consortia director for the Smithsonian Grand Challenges Consortia for the Humanities, and curator of photography in the Photographic History Collection, National Museum of American History. Delaney chaired the editorial team for the 2013 publication Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection, and has authored and edited several photography books, and curated more than twenty Smithsonian exhibitions and related web projects. Delaney holds a BA in American studies from Manhattanville College, an MA in American studies from the George Washington University, and is a current history PhD candidate at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. Delaney serves on the advisory board of the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association and the National Daguerreian Society.

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