Curriculum Development

Through our work with exhibitions, collections, and programming we aspire to connect with every department and school at USC and to make USC PAM meaningful to your work and to your students. Faculty who have worked with USC PAM come from departments as diverse as Anthropology, Art History, English, and Music, and Schools as diverse as Engineering, Law, and Journalism. We also connect faculty to one another to develop projects and exchange ideas on how to incorporate museum experiences into teaching and research. We can introduce you to other faculty members who have worked with USC PAM, teaching with its exhibitions, using its collections in their research, and creating public programs.

USC PAM presents exhibitions and programs that resonate with the curriculum, research, and resources of USC. We welcome a range of involvement, from bringing your class for a guided tour, to developing courses relating to existing exhibitions.

Schedule time with our staff to learn about upcoming exhibitions and to design class visits, course assignments, and programs that integrate exhibitions into courses. In addition to papers and presentation assignments, past faculty collaborations have resulted in performances, readings, and symposia.

Lead class visits independently in our galleries, or schedule tours crafted specifically for you and your students.

For any questions please contact our Curator, Dr. Rebecca Hall.

Professional Practices

As an AAM accredited museum, USC PAM upholds field-wide best practices. We can talk to your students about our professional work from multiple perspectives, including curatorial, exhibition design, registration, and administrative leadership.

For further information, please contact our Collections Manager, Annie Lee

Academic Research

USC PAM’s collection provides an innovative and active teaching and learning resource for the University and its surrounding communities. Professors in fields as varied as performance studies, journalism, and material science visit our collection and access our online collections database to teach visual literacy, develop critical thinking skills, and draw thematic connections.

Our photography and research lab offers an intimate setting for the study and use of artwork in the museum’s collection.

For further information, please contact our Collections Manager, Annie Lee

USC Museums Student Educator Program

In this program, students are trained to facilitate conversations in the galleries and lead tours of both the permanent collection and special exhibitions at the USC Pacific Asia Museum (off-campus in Pasadena)  and The USC Fisher Museum of Art (on campus). They learn to engage visitors of all ages and backgrounds with the museums’ diverse works of art by leading dialogues and making personal connections.  

As part of this paid position, USC students get hands-on training in the latest museum education strategies, gain public speaking experience, and interact with various museum departments. They are supported through mentorship and ongoing training sessions throughout the year, focused on further developing gallery teaching skills. USC PAM’s off-campus, Pasadena location, provides students with a unique opportunity to engage with the greater communities of Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. Their work at USC Fisher allows them to engage with youth from the local USC area in a unique experience for high school students as part of the Fisher School Partnership Program. 

Application for the 2024-25 academic year are due May, 24, 2024. View full prospectus here and apply here: