Whitney Baker received her MLS with an Advanced Certificate in Library and Archives Conservation from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her undergraduate work at KU (BA Chemistry and Spanish), and has held the post of Conservator for KU Libraries since 2002. She previously worked in conservation at the Library of Congress and the University of Kentucky.
Baker teaches MUSE 706, Conservation Principles and Practices, for the Museum Studies program.
Sofía Galarza Liu has worked as an implementation consultant and educator for zetcom Information Systems, Inc. providing database administrator and user training for MuseumPlus clients in the United States. In 2006 she completed Museum Leaders: the Next Generation training at the Getty Leadership Institute in Los Angeles, California. She holds an MA in Museum Studies and a BFA in the History of Art from the University of Kansas. Liu teaches MUSE 704, Museum Collection Management, for the Museum Studies program.
Steve joined the staff at the Watkins Museum in February 2011. He has had a 25-year career in museum work, with experience in collections management, exhibition development, public programming, and education. His background is in American art, history, and material culture. In addition to his management responsibilities, Steve looks forward to developing public programs, increasing museum involvement with schools and teachers, and working with members of the Douglas County Historical Society.
Steve co-teaches MUSE 704, Introduction to Collections Management and Utilization and MUSE 703, Introduction to Museum Exhibits. Steve also teaches Museum Audience Development for the Museum Studies program.
Professor Olsen is an Old World Prehistorian, specializing in zooarchaeology, the study of animal remains from ancient sites, and Arabian rock art. She was formerly the director of the Center for World Cultures at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Professor Welsh's research has addressed a range of issues including the historical and legal background by which museums have come to control culturally sensitive objects; the public representation and interpretation of culture; and concerns over the sustainability of local history museums. He has worked with native cultures in Wyoming and the Southwest, and has conducted archaeological research in Arizona and China. He earned his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania.