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Academic Programs at the McClung Museum can enrich your college courses by providing content for in-depth, experiential learning. Museum visits can be led by the course instructor, conducted in collaboration with a member of the McClung Museum’s staff, or be assigned to students as a project.

Plan a Class Visit About the Object Study Room


Ways that Academic Programs can support you:

  • Coming on your own and don’t need assistance? Support the McClung! Help us track attendance by filling out our form for course assignments that will use the museum or gallery visits that you intend to hold on your own with your class.
  • Want to ensure a quiet gallery for a visit with your whole class? Schedule in advance. We can help to avoid conflicts in the galleries that you intend to utilize. Please note that a request should be made at least two weeks beforehand and will not be guaranteed until confirmed by museum staff.
  • Looking for museum staff to lead a guided tour and discussion? We can add a different context to your visit by leading a conversation about an exhibition or talking about the inner workings of the museum. Please note that a request should be made at least two weeks before the desired date and is not guaranteed until confirmed. Also, museum staff will not host a full class in the absence of the instructor.
  • Interested in requesting objects from our collection to enhance your teaching? Learn about our Object Study Room! Then, submit a request at least four weeks in advance. Once the form is submitted, we will contact you to confirm the date and discuss any necessary accommodations or planning.
  • Excited about a specific exhibition? Academic Programs develops Faculty Teaching guides for all of our temporary exhibitions and is developing the same for permanent exhibitions. Contact us for a copy!
  • Not sure how the museum fits with your content and learning objectives?  We are here to brainstorm and help!

Tell us your plans or contact Katy Malone, Curator of Academic Programs, at katy@utk.edu or 865-974-2416 to learn more.


How do faculty members feel about using Academic Programs?

“I am still tingling with energy from the epiphanies we achieved through our examination of material objects from McClung’s Geography Awareness Week exhibit on Civil Rights. I can’t believe we were able to make so many profound connections between psychology, art, history, geography and sociology . . . the students could finally SEE how MEMORY, as maintained through objects, can function as a source of contagion . . . You more than helped me realize a pipe-dream, you have revolutionized my approach to pedagogy.” – Dr. Sally Seraphin, Psychology, Course: Motivation (PSYC320) and Honors General Psychology (PSYC117)

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