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Elee Wood

Campus Address: CA 419, 425 University Blvd
Phone: (317)274-7332
Email: eljwood@iupui.edu
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Director, Museum Studies Program
Associate Professor of Museum Studies and Teacher Education
Public Scholar of Museums, Families, and Learning, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis


B.A. Macalester College, 1993
M.Ed. University of Minnesota, 2001
Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 2005


Elee Wood is associate professor and director of the Museum Studies Program in the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) with a joint appointment in education, IU School of Education. In addition, she serves as the public scholar of museums, families, and learning in a joint appointment with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis working specifically on audience research and evaluation, and exhibition development. The Museum Studies Program at IUPUI emphasizes public scholarship, civic engagement, and in training professionals to serve museums and their communities. Wood’s research interests include action-oriented phenomenology, object-based learning, critical museum pedagogies, and evaluation capacity building. Elee got her start in museums as a Wizard Wing volunteer at the Milwaukee Public Museum and worked as an exhibit developer and public programs manager at Minnesota Children’s Museum. She holds a PhD in Education for Community and MEd in Youth Development Leadership from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Dramatic Arts from Macalester College. Elee Wood is an active member of the Visitor Studies Association, American Evaluation Association, and the American Alliance of Museums.

Academic Interests

museum studies, nonformal and informal learning in community, phenomenology and hermeneutics, object-based learning


Museum Education (MSTD A410, A510)
Museums and Audiences (MSTD A518)
Special Topics: Object-Based Learning
Special Topics: Museum Theatre and Live Interpretation Methods
Special Topics: Museum Education Research Methods
Special Topics: Critical Approaches to Museum Education
Learning in the Community (EDUC T550)
Education and American Culture (EDUC H440)


John Cotton Dana Award for Leadership in Museum Education, 2015 (American Alliance of Museums)
Thomas Ehrlich Excellence in Service Learning Teaching, Indiana University, 2015
Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching, 2010-present
Trustees Teaching Award, 2009, 2010
Translating Research into Practice Scholar, 2007-present
Boyer Scholar, 2008


Wood, E., Tisdale, R., Jones, T. (Eds). (Under contract). Active Collections. Walnut Creek, CA: LeftCoast Press. Anticipated publication 2017.
Wood, E., Zemanek, A., Weiss, L., Carron, C.G. (2016). Growing FLORES for the Museum. Collections: A Journal for Museums and Archives Professionals. 12(1), 7-22.
Wood, E. (2015). Defining the scope of your evaluation. Journal of Museum Education. 40 (1) 1-7.
Holzman, L. Wood, E., Cusack-McVeigh, H., Kryder-Reid, E., Labode, M. & Zimmerman, L.J. (2014). A Random Walk to Public Scholarship: Exploring Our Convergent Paths. Public , September 2014. http://public.imaginingamerica.org/blog/article/a-random-walk-to-public-scholarship-exploring-our-convergent-paths/
Wood, E. (2014). Editorial Forum: Good for Charity, Bad for Museums? Examining a Museum’s Worth. Museums & Social Issues 9(1).
Wood, E. (2014). You don’t have to be married to your work. In L. Melber,(Ed.) Teaching the museum: Careers in museum education. Washington, D.C.: AAM press.
Wood, E. & Latham, K.F. (2013). The Objects of Experience: Transforming Visitor-Object Experiences in Museums. Walnut Creek, CA: LeftCoast Press. ,
Wood, E. (2013). Museum and Civic Engagement: Children Making a Difference. In V. Golding & W. Modest, Museums and communities: curators, collections and collaboration. (pp. 217-231). London: Bloomsbury.
Wolf, B. & Wood, E., (2012). Integrating scaffolding experiences for the youngest visitors in museums. Journal of Museum Education. 37(1), 29-38
Wood, E. & Latham, K. F. (2011). The Thickness of the World: Exploring the Museum Curriculum through Phenomenology. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing.
Wood, E. & Wolf, B. (2011). When Parents Step Back is Family Learning Still Possible? Museums and Social Issues.
Wood, E. (2010). Museum Chaperones as Escort, Educator or Parent? Visitor Studies.
Wood, E. (2009). Saving Objects of Childhood. Childhood in the Past.
Wood, E. (2009). Rules for the (R)evolution of Museums. In Inspiring Action: Museums and Social Change.
Wood, E. & Latham, K. (2009). Object Knowledge: Using Phenomenology in Object Research and Museum Experiences. Reconstructions 9 .
Wood, E. & Wolf, B. (2008). Between the lines of engagement. Journal of Museum Education
Wood, E. & Cole, S. (2007). Can You Do That in a Children’s Museum? A Look at the Power of Children. Museums and Social Issues


Museums and Social Issues, editor, 2013-present
Association of Children's Museums, Research Agenda Advisory Committee
Association of State and Local History, Visitor's Voices Advisory Committee
Seminar for Historic Administration, faculty
American Alliance of Museums: Education Committee; Committee on Professional Training; Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation—board member
Visitor Studies Association: Conference Program Co-Chair 2009, Conference Committee, Membership Committee, Professional Development Task Force, 2007
Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, manuscript reviewer, 2011-present
Indiana Historical Society Indiana Experience Humanities Scholars, National Advisory Panel, 2009-2012
LeftCoast Press, Manuscript reviewer, 2009-present
Visitor Studies, Manuscript reviewer, 2009-present
Institute for Museum and Library Services, Proposal Reviewer, 2008-present

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