• 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 the Center for 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, Ellen builds partnerships with individuals and units around the University to foster engagement projects that are grounded in mutual trust, reciprocity, and empathy. She works collaboratively to enhance existing public engagement projects; builds capacity for effective and ethical public engagement; connects public engagement projects around campus to one another; and fosters new conversations between university and public stakeholders.

Before joining the Center for Academic Innovation, Ellen led the nationally award-winning Teens Make History program at the Missouri Historical Society. As a mentor and supervisor, she 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, she worked closely with community members and her 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:
    • Knitting
    • Facilitating dialogue
    • Oral histories
    • Historical interpretation
    • Improv games

Recent Stories by Ellen: