The University and Mystic
Seaport have signed an agreement to share resources, fund raising, and even faculty and staff.
The agreement says the museum’s maritime history resources will be available to UConn students and faculty, while the University’s library resources will be available to Mystic Seaport staff. The agreement also provides two summer internships for students in the maritime studies, coastal studies, or American studies programs at the Avery Point campus.
It was signed by Provost Peter J. Nicholls and Douglas Teeson, Mystic Seaport president.
“Connecticut is a coastal state and depends on maritime knowledge and the effectiveness of its maritime educational programs for its economic well-being,” said Nicholls. “Under this agreement, UConn and Mystic Seaport will share the goal of meeting the public’s need for information and understanding of the culture of the sea and its coastal areas.”
UConn and Mystic Seaport already collaborate on graduate programs through Mystic Seaport’s Munson Institute, which offers accredited courses through UConn, Trinity, and Wesleyan.
The new agreement extends cooperation to students at Avery Point who are in the three new programs, and also to students and faculty at other campuses interested in maritime history.
“The relationship between two leading educational institutions in southeastern Connecticut will strengthen and extend maritime studies in the years to come,” said Teeson.
The agreement also says the institutions will jointly raise funds to benefit both organizations and enable faculty and staff from both organizations to exchange places for extended periods of time. UConn has also agreed to help Mystic Seaport build its museum and library collections, which are now accessible to University faculty and students.
“The impetus for the agreement was for the two institutions to cooperate in undergraduate and graduate teaching and research collaboration. But from the first meeting, it was clear the agreement could have many dimensions,” said Helen Rozwadowski, assistant professor of history and director of the maritime studies program. “There’s a lot to be gained both for Mystic Seaport and for UConn, and we are happy to have this agreement.”