Faculty & Staff

Katherine C. (Kasey) Grier

is director of the Museum Studies Program and Professor in the Department of History. She is a graduate of Princeton University (1975), the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Historical Museum Studies (1980) and the American Civilization Program of the department of History at the University of Delaware (1988). An expert in material culture studies, Kasey’s career has included employment in museums and historic sites as well as universities, and she remains an active volunteer and consultant to small museums and historic houses. Her most recent book is Pets in America: A History (University of North Carolina Press, 2006 and Harvest Books, 2007). Kasey also served as guest curator for an exhibition on the history of petkeeping in the United States that toured seven venues in the United States between December 2005 and January 2009.

Armand Battisti

is a graduate of Alfred University with an MPS in Community Services Administration and Elmira College with a B.S. in Evironmental Sciences and Biology. Battisti joined UD in 2008, and was instrumental in preparing the College of Engineering its capital campaign. He shares responsibility for the $56 million fundraising effort to build the University’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory, which was completed in 2013. He previously spent nine years at Winterthur as deputy director of development and director of leadership gifts, where he successfully led several project campaigns including a multi-million dollar effort to create Enchanted Woods, the museum’s children’s garden. Prior to this appointment, he led West Chester University through its first capital campaign, Windows to the Future, raising $13 million.

Battisti’s career includes more than 30 years of institutional advancement experience with academic institutions, nonprofits and companies. His work has touched virtually all aspects of development and fundraising, including individual, corporate, foundation, planned giving, membership and government relations.

Vicki Cassman

(Ph.D. Arizona State University 1997 in Anthropology) is Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware. She is a 1985 graduate of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. Before returning to the University of Delaware in Fall 2006, she was an itinerant textile conservator, an instructor for the Textile Block for six years (1986-1991) and an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (1997-2006). She is the main editor for the book Human Remains Guide for Museums and Academic Institutions (AltaMira Press 2007). She received the 2012 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Service Award, and the 2012 University of Delaware Excellence in Advising and Mentoring Award.

Her current research interests include teaching strategies for conservation, undergraduate research, collection management, Andean Archaeology, and textiles.

Tim Goecke

is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts with an MFA in Performing Arts Design & Technology. He is currently an exhibit designer at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park. In the past, Tim has designed exhibitions for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, the Rock and Soul Museum in Memphis and many museums and galleries throughout the east coast.

Tim has also worked on event design with Coca-Cola, the US Olympics Organizing Committee, Major League Baseball, and Hasbro/Kenner New York Toyfair. His performing arts credits include work with American Ballet Theatre, HBO Productions, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Tim will be teaching Desktop Design for Museum Professionals.

Tracy Jentzsch

serves in the dual position of Staff Assistant for the Museum Studies program, and as the Media Specialist in the History Media Center at UD. Tracy received a B.A. in Mass Communications from The College of Notre Dame of Maryland, completed graduate course work in publishing at George Washington University, and her M.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of Delaware. She also earned the Museum Studies Certificate at UD. Previously she served as the assistant publisher for Trade & Culture Magazine, and worked in corporate communications for such companies as IBM, Martin Marietta Aero & Navel Systems, FM93, WPOC and Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc. Her interests are in Digitial Humanities, and Museums & Technology. Tracy is the social media manager for the MSST program and serves as the webmaster for the Musuem Studies website, and is currently serving as the Assistant Director for UD's Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center. You can follow Tracy on Twitter on Digital Humanities and Ed Tech @Tracy_Jentzsch

Rosemary Troy Krill

Working toward excellent interpretation of Winterthur Museum & Country Estate and its collections has inspired Rosemary Try Krill’s projects in education and public program since 1988. Projects have included a wide range of interpretive and visitor service activities, from developing elementary school programs, to leading visitor service operations, to reinvigorating training for Winterthur’s large corps of museum interpreters. Since receiving a master’s degree in American history and museum studies certification at the University of Delaware as a Hagley Fellow, Rosemary led education and interpretive efforts at the Monmouth County (NJ) Historical Association and the Hagley Museum in Wilmington, Delaware.

She is the author of Early American Decorative Arts, 1620-1860: A Handbook for Interpreters, due out in August 2010, from AltaMira Press. She is a member of the American Association of Museums (serving as co-chair of its Visitor Service Professional Interest Group, 2005-2008,) the American Association for State and Local History, and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums. She is a board member of the Tri-State Coalition of Historic Places in the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware region. Since 2006, she has been an adjunct lecturer in the Museum Studies Program at the University of Delaware.

Frank McKelvey

Frank McKelvey has more than forty years successful museum experience with up-to-date knowledge of museums and historic sites. He is a well-known consultant and advisor specializing in interpretation, exhibit development, collections care, and planning. He has a strong record of exhibit, restoration, and special project conception, design, and implementation. Known as a motivator of staff, volunteers, and students, and as an effective public speaker and workshop leader he has counseled over one hundred and seventy organizations. He has proven problem solving and decision making skills and experience with short and long range planning, budget and financial accountability, reporting and office management. In 1989 he founded McKelvey Museum Services to provide full-time services to the museum field. Frank received his B.A., American Studies, from Syracuse University in 1966 and his M.A., Museum Studies and Folklife Studies, 1968, from Cooperstown Graduate Programs, State University of New York.

Frank McKelvey is a curator. He has valued the central role of the artifact as a source of knowledge and as a conduit to teaching history. He has lectured widely on how to study artifacts and how to use them in history museum interpretation. His many exhibits illustrate this commitment. Frank McKelvey is a folklorist. Currently serving as Coordinator of the Delaware State Folklife Project, and with decades of intermittent experience documenting what the people say and do, he values the words of the people who did the work. This is reflected in his exhibits, restorations, and interpreter training materials, where oral history, reminisces, diaries, genre art, and historic images were used to let the people of the past speak for themselves. As principal of McKelvey Museum Services, McKelvey has consulted for over 170 museum and historic sites over the past 42 years. For each client, he selects a team of expert colleagues who, for years, have worked together and share his enthusiasm. Frank teaches the Curatorship and Collections Management course for the MSST program at UD.

Theresa R. (Terry) Snyder

is currently the Librarian of Haverford College in Haverford, PA. Formerly she was Deputy Director, Library Administration, at the Hagley Museum and Library. In her role at Hagley, Dr. Snyder was responsible for the Library’s long-range planning, personnel management, budget preparation and management, conservation and preservation, grant solicitation and administration, collections management, records management, oversight of library automation systems, exhibit planning, library publications, and scholarly outreach programs. Prior to Hagley, she served as Associate Director of the University of Pennsylvania Archives and Records Management Department and as an adjunct faculty member (American material culture).

Dr. Snyder has lectured extensively on archival and library management and on topics of her research interests, largely focusing on American history and culture during the latter half of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. She has published articles on her research interests and is working on a book related to Philadelphia retirement communities from 1870 to 1930.

Dr. Snyder’s undergraduate degree comes from Rosemont College (1982). She holds a Masters of Arts in History and a Certificate in Archives, Museum and Editing Studies from Duquesne University (1984), a Masters of Science in Information Science from Drexel University (1988), and a Masters of Arts (1994) and a Ph.D. (2002) in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mary Jane Taylor

Mary Jane Taylor is the the newest addition to the Museum Studies Staff, joining us as our internship coordinator. Mary Jane is Director of Learning and Engagement at the Museum of the American Revolution Philadelphia. She has eighteen years of experience as an educator and exhibit developer in art and history museums. Her areas of expertise include exhibition and tour interpretation, label writing and editing, visitor research, and interactive and audio tour development. She also has extensive background in creating, administering and evaluating tours and programs for teacher, school and family audiences. Mary Jane holds degrees from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware, James Cook University of North Queensland and Wittenberg University.

Mike Zarafonetis

Mike is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Haverford College, and previously worked as a web exhibit designer and digital archivist at the Hagley Museum and Library. He has a computer science degree from Kalamazoo College and a PhD in history from Auburn University, and is excited by the possibilities provided by digital tools to create both new forms of scholarship and new ways for the public to engage with the historical and cultural record.

Nicole Belolan

Nicole is a Ph.D. student (ABD) in the History of American Civilization program in the Department of History at the University of Delaware, and is pursuing a career in public history and academia. She is responsible for the IMLS Grant project, Sustaining Places. She will also be developing IMLS grant funded workshops on textiles. Follow Nicole's tweets on Material Culture @nicolebelolan

Della Keyser

Della is a second-year master's student in the history department, and she is pursuing the museum studies certificate. Della served as the editor for MuseWeekly for 2013-2014, and she is the Sustaining Places webmaster for 2014-2015.

Betsy Keene

Welcome to our newest Graduate Assistant, Betsy.

Jan 2011 Inventory S.W.A.T.

Follow the adventures of Dr. Kasey Grier, and 8 MSST Students,at the Laurel Historical Society in Laurel, DE. Together with Rachel Onuf, they will work on a complete basic inventory of the collections, along with cleaning and rehousing some collections.

It's All Adding Up:

In the past ten years, the Museum Studies Program has awarded 181 certificates to graduate students in History, Art History, Affairs/Historic Preservation, the Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture, the Winterthur Program, and other academic departments and programs at the University of Delaware.

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