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Thaddeus Papke

Pronouns:

He/Him

Availability:

Available

Full-time

Position Type:

Columbus

Ohio

United States of America

Years in the field:

6 – 10 Years

Areas of Expertise

After-School Programs, Distance/Digital Learning, Education, Exhibits development, Explainer/guide, Guest/Visitor Services, Operations, Outreach and Public Engagement, Project Management, Social Media, Volunteer Programs, Other

Coming from a diverse background in laboratory research, humanities, education, and theater, arriving at a career centered around museum education felt like a natural fit.

As a floor faculty manager at COSI I was in charge of budgeting, training, and operations for an exhibit space, our live shows, and the building's signature attractions. In practice the role expanded far beyond that to include scheduling, supply ordering, governmental safety compliance, planetarium work, script writing, social media engagement, early childhood education, animal handling, content development, volunteer mentorship and much more. Notable successes included the production of new seasonal stage shows for inside and outside of the building and the design and implementation of the grand opening moments for the inaugral COSI science festival.

Following layoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have continued to explore new means of informal education outreach through podcasting and YouTube and took courses to enhance my computer literacy and my capabilities as a project manager.