Master of Arts in History with a Museum Studies Concentration, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Bachelor of Arts in History and French, Centre College

Ellen Kuhn

Public Engagement Specialist

Why I Choose to Work at Academic Innovation

The people! My coworkers in Academic Innovation are awesome– they’re thoughtful, very knowledgeable, creative, and fun.

Current Roles/Previous Experience

To support President Schlissel’s strategic focus area on faculty public engagement, I build partnerships with individuals and units around the University to foster engagement projects that are grounded in mutual trust, reciprocity, and empathy. I work collaboratively to enhance existing public engagement projects; build capacity for effective and ethical public engagement; connect public engagement projects around campus to one another; and foster new conversations between university and public stakeholders.

Before joining Academic Innovation, I led the nationally award-winning Teens Make History program at the Missouri Historical Society. As a mentor and supervisor, I guided high school apprentices in developing museum theater plays, exhibits, oral history initiatives, and collections management projects, all while doing a lot of listening and learning, eating tons of pizza, debating the best emojis, and reflecting seriously together on skills-growth. Previously, I worked closely with community members and my graduate cohort on the Terra Cotta Community History Project, which documented and shared the rich stories of former residents of a segregated company town in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Ask Me to Learn About

Facilitating dialogue
Oral histories
Historical interpretation
Improv games

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