Ann McCleary, PhD is a Professor of History, the Public History and Museum Studies Coordinator, and the Founding Director of the Center for Public History. She came to the University of West Georgia in 1997 to begin the Public History Program. She has over forty years of experience working in museums, historic preservation, and humanities organizations. Dr. McCleary teaches the courses in foodways, material culture, American architecture, and folklife, as well as the Public History Seminar and museum studies courses.

Keri Adams, M.A. is a Lecturer of History, the Assistant Director and Manager of the Center for Public History, and teaches courses for and mentors students in the Undergraduate Certificate in Public History program. She co-directs Center for Public History's West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail and University History Projects projects, as well as contributes to and develops other Center projects and initiatives, including National Park Service agreements and grant projects. Adams earned her M.A. in History (primary field in Public History) and the Museum Studies Certificate from the University of West Georgia in 2013.

Students taking courses in the Museum Studies Certificate program also learn from and network with professional staff at the Atlanta History Center. Dr. Gordon Jones, Senior Military Curator, serves as the Atlanta History Center Museum Studies coordinator and helps to teach two of the museum studies classes: Museum Exhibits and Museum Administration. Kate Whitman, the Vice President of Public Programs, assists with the Museum Education and Interpretation class. Other staff members share their areas of expertise with the class. 

Several other West Georgia faculty members have background, interest, and experience in public history activities and related fields, such as Dr. Keith Bohannon, Dr. Stephanie Chalifoux, Dr. Molly McCullers, and Dr. Aimee Genell of the History Program.

Our Public History track program prides itself on offering opportunities for students to work closely with our faculty and to engage in real-world public history projects and scholarship. Students build networks of professional staff through their classes and internships that will assist them in their future careers.