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Expert Profile


Thaddeus Papke





Full or Part-time

Position Type:


West Virginia

United States of America

Years in the field:

6 – 10 Years

Areas of Expertise

After-School Programs, Camp Programs, Development/Sponsorship/Institutional Advancement, Distance/Digital Learning, Diversity, Education, Events, Exhibits development, Explainer/guide, Grants/Foundational Giving, Guest/Visitor Services, Intern Programs, Membership Programs, Senior Leadership, Operations, Outreach and Public Engagement, Partnerships, Project Management, Professional Development, Security/Safety, Social Media, Strategic Planning, Theaters, Volunteer Programs, Youth/Teen Programs, Other

After a long stint as a stay-at-home parent, I reentered the work force in 2015 and found that working as a museum educator was the perfect place to combine my earlier experiences in the sciences, theater, and education.

After working part-time as a museum educator at COSI in Columbus Ohio, I was promoted to the position of Floor Faculty Manager, where I participated in daily operational management of the team and oversaw the budgeting, maintenance, and training for specific exhibit areas and signature museum attactions. I also developed and produced chemistry-based stage shows and productions for festivals as well as content for social media channels.

During the Covid-19 pandemic I was initially furloughed, but eventually my entire department was eliminated.

In the fall of 2021, I was hired by the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston West Virginia to be the Director of Education and Visitor Experiences.

In this position I managed a team of five full-time educators and approximately a dozen part-time educators and volunteers, developed new programs, coordinated across departments and with external partners, managed budgets and resources, rebuild the scheme for planetarium progamming, started new initiatives to serve core museum members and reach new audiences, and a great deal more.

I've relished the many hats I've gotten to wear while working in museums and am immensely proud of my part in enhancing scientific literacy in the communities to which I have belonged.

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