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MC-Smithsonian Faculty Fellows Tout Benefits of Museum-Based Learning at Conferences

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Category: College/Campus News

Published: 2014-01-29 00:00:01.000

Five former MC-Smithsonian Faculty Fellows spoke recently at professional conferences. They shared stories from their classes that demonstrate how they incorporate Smithsonian resources and fieldtrips into their curriculum, explaining both how they used the museum artifacts and exhibits as well as how students responded to the new assignments and experiences.

R. Scott Hengen (Theatre, RV) organized a panel presentation, "Forward Fusion: Melding the Arts and Humanities with Museum-Based Learning to Energize Today's Students," for the 24th annual meeting of the Association of Faculties for Advancement of Community College Teaching (AFAACT) conference held at Prince Georges Community College, January 9-10, 2014. Scott spoke about exploring Smithsonian-based assignments in his TH208 Drafting and Painting for the Theatre course. He was joined by Bette Petrides (English, RV) who explored the concept of American identity through visual and written argument in her EN101 and 102 classes. Jay Marciano (Counseling, TP/SS) integrated his museum visits into his DS 107 First Year Seminar course where he linked the museum experiences to One Maryland One Book selections, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in 2012 and King Peggy in 2013. Hengen, Petrides, and Marciano were fellows in the 2012 cohort of the MC-Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship.

In a separate AFAACT session, "Using Museum Exhibits in Introductory Economics Classes: An Innovation with Experiential Learning," Satarupa "Rupa" Das (Economics, TP/SS) addressed how her EC 201 Principles of Economics I students benefit from museum learning. Students consider in the classroom how patent law may impact economics. Then they travel to the Smithsonian Museum of American History to interrogate the "Inventing a Better Mousetrap: Patent Models from the Rothschild Collection," exhibit. Rupa was a Fellow in the 2011; she continues to make trips to the Smithsonian with her introductory economics class as well as her classes and added them to her EC 202 Principles of Economics II course, as well.

Lincoln Mudd (Art, TP/SS) a 2013 Fellow, attended the daylong conference "Cooling the Liberal Arts, Workshop for Teaching About Climate Change" hosted by Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania January 10, 2014. His presentation to the group addressed "Museum Studies Across the Disciplines." Lincoln is a visual artist; he has just completed the 2013 cohort. He implemented museum learning into his AR221 Sculpture I course. He will be present on his work to the Montgomery College community at the upcoming MC-Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship SHOWCASE event which will be Thursday, February 20 from 2-6 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre on the Rockville Campus.

Though we often tout the benefits to students of participating in classes taught by MC-Smithsonian Fellows, another outcome of participation in the MC-Smithsonian Faculty Fellows program is enhanced engagement by the faculty! Following completion of the fellowship we observe an increase in: publishing in their peer literature, participating in professional conferences and increased desire to teach linked courses. In some cases faculty find they are ready to take on leadership roles at the college or to consider pursuing additional graduate work.

For more information about the Paul Peck Humanities Institute (PPHI) or the MC-Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship Program, please visit our website: or contact Sara Bachman Ducey, director of the PPHI, 240 567-7777 or

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