Deborah Howes is an award-winning professor, museum leader, art historian, educator and media producer who has taught in the JHU Museum Studies program for over 10 years, including her service as the program’s founding assistant director. As the former Director of Digital Learning at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011-2015), Ms. Howes directed the museum’s online course program, including a highly successful Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and established a long-term partnership with Coursera. From 2009 through 2011 Ms. Howes served as Assistant Director and full-time faculty member in the Johns Hopkins University Museum Studies program, where she developed and taught many of the education and technology-oriented online course offerings, as well as some on-ground seminars. For the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she led her team of educators, producers and technicians to create award-winning educational materials in print, video and web formats for use both inside and outside the museum. This same team managed the creation and execution of the technical aspects of the Uris Center for Education, reopened in 2007.
Currently, Ms. Howes operates her education consulting and production firm, Howes Studio inc. (howesstudio.com) which specializes in museums. Ms. Howes regularly lectures about museums, technology, art, and education at international conferences and universities, including University Tre (Rome), University of Edinburgh, University of Melbourne, University of Chicago and New York University. She publishes widely on leading teaching strategies and tools. Ms. Howes holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in art history with honors from Wellesley College.