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Department of Performing Arts & Visual Culture
Juilee Decker is an Associate Professor of Museum Studies in the Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture in the College of Liberal Arts. Trained as an art historian, her research and scholarship are at the intersection of museum studies, public history, and public art. She has a passion for objects and seeks ways to facilitate dialogues between communities and the objects, spaces, places, and practices that they hold dear.
Decker is an author, scholar, facilitator, and collaborator in the academy as well as in cultural institutions and communities. Since 2008, she has served as editor of Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, a peer-reviewed journal published by Rowman and Littlefield. In 2015, she edited the four-volume series Innovative Approaches for Museums (2015) which brought together research and practices in the areas of engagement, access, technology, collections care and stewardship, as well as fundraising and strategic planning. Her newest publication, a revision of the seminal museum studies textbook Museums in Motion: An Introduction to the History and Functions of Museums, was published in 2017. Decker has curated/co-curated numerous exhibitions focusing on art, material culture, and public history and has served as a consultant to public art projects and programs in the U.S. She serves on the Board of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House and is a juror for the Education Committee of the American Alliance of Museums. Decker earned her Ph.D. in 2003 from the joint program in Art History and Museum Studies at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art. She joined the faculty of RIT in 2014.