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Faculty and Staff

The program emphasizes the connection between the academic and the professional, combining classroom study and research into the history and current state of museums with recognition of the best practices in the field. All three full-time faculty have extensive experience working in the museum world, in museum staff positions, as museum board members, and as leaders in museum professional organizations. In addition, the department benefits from the experience of current museum professionals, as teachers of classes, as guest lecturers, and as supervisors of student assistantships and internships.



Dr. Julie Holcomb
Associate Professor in Museum Studies
Graduate Program Director
Mr. Eric Ames
Adjunct Lecturer in Museum Studies
Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications for ITS and University Libraries, Baylor University
Ms. Lesa Bush
Adjunct Lecturer in Museum Studies
Associate Director of Education and Programs, Mayborn Museum Complex
Ms. Rachael Nadeau Johnson
Adjunct Lecturer in Museum Studies
Collections Manager, Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute
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Ms. Joy Summar-Smith
Adjunct Lecturer in Museum Studies
Senior Vice President of Interpretation, Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute, Waco, Texas
Mr. Charlie Walter
Adjunct Lecturer in Museum Studies
Director, Mayborn Museum Complex

Department of Museum Studies

1300 S. University Parks Drive
Waco, TX 76706

(254) 710-1233