Reflecting on the past decade of research and academics at the Burke Museum

Museum-wide collaboration and reflection  

The first step in the review process was to conduct a thoughtful and broad self-study. Colleagues from across the entire museum came together to gather data and insight on where we are and where we should be going. Over six months, we compiled a massive 136-page document containing a decade’s worth of data spanning from 2010 to 2019.  

Our self-study shared details such as total courses taught, how many students utilized collections for coursework or independent research, how many advanced degrees were awarded from our curators’ labs, and how many publications were based on the museum collections. The Burke’s K-12 education programs, relationship-building with the community, financial picture, public programs, and work towards diversity, equity, access, and inclusion were all captured in the self-study. Additionally, each of the museum’s collections declared their strategic plans for the next decade. This level of reflection and work gave us all an incredible foundation  to help inform our future. For me, it was thrilling to record the tangible academic impact over an entire decade. Some of the highlights from the past decade include: 

  • 3,000+ publications from our staff, students, and researchers who utilized the Burke collections
  • 7,000+ students who engaged with the Burke collections
  • 54 different undergraduate classes taught by Burke curators and staff
  • 64 graduate degrees awarded to students studying at the Burke

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