Call for Workshop Presentations for 2019 VSA Conference
Deadline: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

We need your expertise!

The Visitor Studies Association (VSA) is requesting proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with the 2019 Annual Conference. We seek workshop leaders from a broad range of fields to present half-day or full-day sessions that are lively, interactive, and offer participants the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills in studying or enhancing the experiences of visitors in a wide range of institutions.

With the theme of "Ways of Knowing", this year's conference explores the breadth of knowledge and continuing evolution of visitor studies. Although our work is generally grounded in the social sciences, we have sought to find meaning in a variety of ways and through a wide range of approaches. From research to evaluation, to facilitation and everything in between, we are tasked with answering questions that are sometimes big and sometimes small.

What might you offer?

We encourage workshop proposals that explore different facets of building the capacity of professionals in the visitor studies field, specifically in relation to the VSA Professional Competencies and the 2019 theme.  Participants in the 2018 VSA conference workshops showed enthusiasm for workshops that were structured to be participatory, focused on group dialogue, and emphasized concrete skills or resources. We try to balance more foundational workshops for emerging evaluators with workshops to develop new skills for established professionals.

Participants have shown interest in...

  • Qualitative Approaches
  • Best Practices in Leadership/Consulting
  • Audience/Program Specific Methods
  • Data Analysis + Statistics
  • Data Visualization
  • Current Research in Formal/Informal Learning
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • New Takes on Dissemination of Data

Please consider offering half-day workshops, or structure full-day workshops into two half-day workshops, one with a "101" beginner focus and the other with an intermediate/advanced "301" focus. Splitting workshop topics into beginners and intermediate/advanced will widen your workshop's appeal by allowing professionals to attend the entire day or chose the half that is most appropriate to their skill level and needs. 

Deadline for Online Submission:
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Fill out the online form here.

Questions? If you have questions or require additional information, please email the Visitor Studies Association Office ([email protected]). For general questions about the 2019 Visitor Studies Association Conference, visit here.

For your reference, you can find a form which outlines all the information required for the workshop proposal here.