Director

PhD, Educational Psychology, Michigan State University MA, English, Michigan State University

Specializations : 
interpretive planning, visitor studies, informal learning, social issues, STEM learning

University of Washington Museology Graduate Program Box 359485 Seattle, WA 98195-9485

Prior to her appointment as Director in September of 2007, Kris Morrissey was the Curator of Interpretation at the Michigan State University Museum and Director of the MSU Museum Studies Program. She is the founding editor of the journal Museums & Social Issues published by Maney Publishing. She has over 20 years experience working in museums and has taught university courses on a range of subjects, including informal learning, interpretation, new technologies, research and evaluation. She is interested in the ways museums engage, educate and listen to individuals, families, communities and society.

Morrissey was also a PI for New Directions Research, Service and Academics in Visitor Studies, a project that prepares a new generation of evaluators and museum practitioners through an innovative apprentice-styled laboratory that integrates the strengths of mentoring, fieldwork, academics and client-centered experiences. Led by the University of Washington's Museology Program and joined by partners the Woodland Park Zoo and the Learning in Informal and Formal Environments Center (LIFE), New Directions developed a model of university and community collaboration. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services 21st Century Museum Professionals Program.