An upcoming conference at the University of Toronto's Museum Studies programme: Taking Stock: Museum Studies and Museum Practices in Canada makes me think about the nature of teaching versus actually working in the museum field.

Does a museum professional who becomes a full-time instructor lose their relevance as a museum professional?  Can a professional, academic museologist be credible as an instructor in a professional program?

The conference description says as follows:

Over the past 40 years, the discipline of Museum Studies has grown beyond its foundational premise as the study of museum organization and management to become a field informed by interdisciplinarian approaches, pedagogies and techniques. Some have argued that Museum Studies has not only come of age, as an academic discipline it has moved into the mainstream. Yet for many, the very formulation of this discipline continues to be a subject of intense reflection and debate, while its relationship with the community of professional practitioners it intends to serve is complex.