"Job-hunting Best Practices for the Museum Field" Panel

Friday, February 26, 2021
2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Contact Brandy Ernzen (bernzen@ku.edu) for the Zoom login information

How many times have you stared blankly at your computer screen, waiting for the right words to flow for your cover letter? What really belongs in your resume? Do you really have to personalize your application materials for every job? You've landed the big interview ... Now what? We get it. Job-hunting, especially for new graduates, is daunting. Join our expert panelists as they share tips, tricks and best practices for helping you to get noticed (in a good way!) by museum hiring professionals. Please join us, and bring your questions!

LaNesha DeBardelaben, president and CEO of the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle, Washington.LaNesha DeBardelaben
President & CEO, Northwest African American Museum (Seattle, Washington)
National President, Association of African American Museums

LaNesha’s passion is to drive success for Black museums. She specializes in organizational leadership and management, institutional programming, and strategic engagement. Prior to joining NAAM, LaNesha was Senior Vice President at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. With three masters degrees, respectively in museum studies, history, and library science, LaNesha is currently pursuing a PhD, and serves as national president of the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) Board of Directors. She has global experience with museums and libraries in Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, England, Germany, and Israel, and is involved in both the International Council of Museums and the International Women’s Forum.


Christian Kameni, program specialist at the Smithsonian Institution's Office of Fellowships & Internships.

Christian Kameni
Program Specialist
Smithsonian Institution Office of Fellowships & Internships (Washington, D.C.)

Christian J. Kameni is a program specialist in the Office of Fellowship and Internships at the Smithsonian Institution. He is passionate about increasing diversity in the museums field. He specializes in higher education administration, program management and institutional engagement. Prior to joining the Smithsonian Institution, Christian was an academic coach and program manager at the University of the District of Columbia. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Morgan State University and his master’s in higher education administration from the University of Kansas. Christian is a recipient of several prestigious awards, including a Fulbright-related grant to pursue his interest in education and research in Paris, France. He is member of several museum and education organizations including the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). He has global experiences with education and research institutions in Australia, Cameroon, England, France and Kenya.



Adrienne Lalli Hills, associate director of Studio School at Oklahoma Contemporary in Oklahoma City.Adrienne Lalli Hills
Associate Director of Studio School
Oklahoma Contemporary (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

In the newly created role of associate director of Studio School, Adrienne Lalli Hills leads strategic planning, administration, management and supervision of classes, workshops, programs and other initiatives at Studio School.

Prior to joining Oklahoma Contemporary, she held roles in museum learning and interpretation at museums across the region, including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. There, she worked with colleagues to produce award-winning interpretive content and experiences for visitors, and to reinstall collections of European and East Asian art. Committed to advancing the field of museum learning, Adrienne serves on the board of directors for the Museum Educator Roundtable, which publishes the peer-reviewed Journal of Museum Education. She has also held leadership positions with Museum Computer Network (MCN) and the Association for Art Museum Interpretation.

Adrienne received a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from the University of Tulsa. A native Oklahoman, she is a citizen of Wyandotte Nation.

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