Patrick Norris

Patrick Norris

Patrick Norris

Patrick Norris
Dr. Patrick Norris

Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., American Studies, University of Minnesota, 1976.
M.A., Political Science, Binghamton University, 1968.
American History, Intellectual History, Museum Studies.

Office:(269) 345-5295


4312 Friedmann Hall

Mailing Address
Department of History
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5334

Professional Experience

I retired in 2010 after 32 years in museum work including 25 years as Director of the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. I have been an Adjunct Professor of History at WMU since 1986. I have taught courses and led seminars in museum studies, US history, and the history of American thought. I have also served on masters and doctoral committees and have supervised tutorial readings courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels.


I have also taught at Texas Christian University and the University of Maryland. Before coming to Kalamazoo, I was the Curator of History at the Museum of Science and History in Fort Worth, Texas, and the Director of Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.


My professional publications include a book, History by Design: A Primer on Interpreting and Exhibiting Community History (Texas Association of Museums: 1984); a book chapter, "The Long March to the New Museum," in the anthology Institutional Trauma: Major Change in Museums and its Effect on Staff (American Association of Museums: 1995); and articles for Museum News, History News, Association of Science-Technology Newsletter, and The Informal Science Review.

Community Service

I have offered workshops for the American Association for State and Local History and other museum professional organizations. I have evaluated grant projects for the Institute of Library and Museum Services, the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Michigan Humanities Council. I also chair accreditation and assessment teams for the American Association of Museums.


Department of History
4301 Friedmann Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
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