The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture recently launched a new academic programs department to better integrate the museum into the intellectual life of the university, increase outreach to professors, and expand experiential learning opportunities for students.
At the helm of this initiative is Lindsey Waugh, who joins the McClung Museum as coordinator of academic programs after working in a similar position at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. A graduate assistant from the history department and an undergraduate intern will join the department this fall.
Using the museum’s approximately 26,000 objects and millions of archaeology and natural history specimens, Waugh helps provide engaging opportunities for research and object-based teaching that enrich the learning environment at UT.
“The University of Tennessee is very fortunate to have the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture on its campus,” said Susan D. Martin, provost and senior vice chancellor. “We want to ensure that current and future members of our faculty and student body, as well as those in the local community, have access to our remarkable collections. The museum’s increased emphasis on academic programming will maximize these valuable opportunities.”
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