We need your expertise!

The Visitor Studies Association (VSA) is requesting proposals for virtual workshops for 2022. We seek workshop leaders from a broad range of fields to present 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. 

Why offer a workshop?
VSA members hold specific, applied knowledge to studying visitors in museums and other informal learning environments. Sharing your knowledge helps strengthen our community and practice. Additionally:

  • Presenting a workshop allows you connect more intimately with VSA members;
  • Teaching others is an enlightening way to reflect on your work;
  • Leading workshops is a great skill-building experience;
  • Leading workshops is a philanthropic endeavor that supports VSA.

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. Past participants to VSA workshops have enjoyed experiences that were participatory and focused on group dialogue.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Designing studies that are culturally responsive
  • Designing studies for social justice
  • Designing studies for accessibility
  • Specific evaluation methods or analytical tools
  • IRB fundamentals
  • Protocols for conducting research with schools
  • Data visualization
  • Creating and sustaining cross-institutional studies
  • Grant writing

How might you structure the workshop?
VSA is open to offering a style of workshop that best suits the needs of the topic proposed. We can support single or multiple sessions of varying time blocks. In the proposal form, we ask you to suggest what might work best for your topic.

Submissions will be reviewed quarterly. Please submit your proposal by one of the following dates for consideration: June 4, July 26, and October 26.

Fill out the online form here.
If you have questions or require additional information, please email the Visitor Studies Association([email protected]).

Workshop leaders will receive:
20% of revenue from registration fees

 SAMPLE Submission Form