Candace Matelic, Adjunct Faculty
Candace Tangorra Matelic teaches and consults throughout the U.S. and Canada in the areas of community engagement, organizational development, change, and learning, arts administration, and strategic interpretation and program planning. She brings four decades of leadership experience to her current work, including directing National Landmark sites in Maryland and Hawaii, managing the visitor experience, interpretation and programs at museums in Michigan and Iowa, leading a children’s museum and contemporary arts organization in Santa Fe, and directing the Cooperstown Graduate Program for a decade. She teaches at Texas Christian University, University of Victoria (British Columbia), University of New Mexico, and for numerous state and provincial museum associations.
Dr. Matelic’s consulting/planning work is distinguished by helping museums, historic sites, cultural organizations, and educational organizations engage their communities as partners, and then fundamentally transform their vision, assumptions, organizational culture, and work patterns. She has presented at over 100 conferences in the US, Canada, and Europe, over 35 times as a keynote speaker or invited guest. Publications include two co-authored books and 35 articles/chapters, including a chapter on community engagement for the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) Toolkit. Dr. Matelic is an active member of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth and recently led an award-winning yearlong community engagement process for the City to help the club find its next high impact project.
Dr. Matelic holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Studies from the University at Albany, SUNY, an M.A. in History Museum Studies from SUNY Oneonta, and a BFA (Fine Arts and American Studies) from the University of Michigan.