2018 Conference Sessions

Thursday, July 19, 2018, to Saturday, July 21, 2018

To register for the 2018 VSA Conference, click HERE.

 

Thursday Sessions - July 19, 2018

Larger Than Life: Evaluating Museum-Wide Initiatives 
Gretchen Haupt, Alexander Lussenhop, Allison Cosbey

Paper
10:45am - 12:00pm
Recognizing Youth and Educator Identities Around Computational Thinking

Leigh Ann Mesiti, Alana Parkes, Aki Shibata-Pliner

Panel
10:45am - 12:00pm

Study and Improve Visitor Experience Using Timing and Tracking
Karen Wise, Beverly Serrell

Panel
10:45am - 12:00pm

Evaluation of Design Thinking in Museum Settings
Scott Burg

Paper
10:45am - 12:00pm

Making a Dino Dance: Integrating a User-Centered Design Process Into A Natural History Museum
Barry Joseph

Paper
10:45am - 12:00pm

Relevancy, Transparency, Trust: SCIENCES Project for Community Engagement in Chicago
Linsa-Anne Kelly, Kate Livingston, Jennifer Matiasek

Panel
10:45am - 12:00pm

Becoming Affect Aware: Ethics, Empowerment, and Emotion Detection
Sarah May, Gabrielle Schlichtmann, Sunewan Paneto, Kim Ducharme

Panel

10:45am - 12:00pm

Fireside Chat
Deborah Perry

Fireside Chat
1:45pm - 3:00pm

Measuring Visitor Motivation, Expectations, and Satisfaction
Sheri Levinsky-Raskin, Amanda Thompson Rundahl, Kanani Hoopai 

Rountable
1:45pm - 3:00pm

Blending Both Worlds: Walking the Evaluator-Practitioner Path
Elizabeth Bolander, Patience Baach, Marcus Harshaw

Rountable
1:45pm - 3:00pm

Reconceptualizing Science Literacy: Moving Towards Richer and More Meaningful Measurement of STEM Literacy
Monae Verbeke

Rountable
1:45pm - 3:00pm

Data Neutrality: The Role of Evaluation in the #MuseumsAreNotNeutral Movement
Anna Lopez, Kathryn Owen, Sena Dawes 

Roundtable
1:45pm - 3:00pm

Ant Adaptation: A Complex Interactive Tabletop Museum Game
Kit Martin

Paper
1:45pm - 3:00pm


Doomsday at the Science Museum: Measuring Visitor Understanding in an Exhibit About Nuclear Weapons & Climate Change

Jana Greenslit

Paper
1:45pm - 3:00pm

Formative Evaluation of Facilitated Play Engagement with Early-Childhood Learners
Brian Slattery, Erin Shoffstall

Paper

1:45pm - 3:00pm 

Friday Sessions - July 20, 2018

What's Next? Visitor Journeys at the Clyfford Still Museum
Tanya Treptow, Katherine Gean, Sonia Rae

Panel
10:15am - 11:30am

What Research Tells Us About Supporting Engagement in Science
Marta Beyer, Rachel Bonnette, Emily Howell

Panel
10:15am - 11:30am

Reconciling Public Trust with Museums, Non-Profits, and Evaluation
Renae Youngs, Sarah Cohn, Vidhya Shanker

Panel
10:15am - 11:30am

Walking the Talk: Visitors' Understanding of Zoos/Aquariums' Conservation Efforts
Jennifer Rigney, Amy Niedbalski, Manda Smith

Panel
10:15am - 11:30am


The Evolution of Evaluation to Support Community Engagement

Sarah Lee, Elizabeth Bolander, Ken Morris

Working Group
10:15am - 11:30am


Program Evaluation Practice and Capacity in the Canadian Art Museum Sector: Findings from a National Study of Museum Practitioners

Agnieszka Chalas

Paper
10:15am - 11:30am

 
Tracking Youth Trajectories Through the STEM Career Lattice
Su-Jen Roberts, Sarah Dunifon

Paper
10:15am - 11:30am


Eliciting Teen Voices and Stakeholder Values Using Most Significant Change

Cassandra Solomon-Filer

Paper
10:15am - 11:30am

 

Fireside Chat
Judy Koke

Fireside Chat
1:45pm - 3:00pm


Say the Unspoken: Fostering Dialogue for Emerging Professionals

Jason Allen, Lauren Wilson, Taline Kuyumjian

Roundtable
1:45pm - 3:00pm 

Collective Insight: Strategies for Culturally Responsive Evaluation Capacity Building
Lisa Trahan, Patricia Montano, Kate Westaby, Angie Ong, Jill Stein

Working Group
1:45pm - 3:00pm

Talking About Teens: Evaluating Museum Programs that Target Teens
Jennifer Borland, Alison Mroczkowski, Preeti Gupta

Roundtable
1:45pm - 3:00pm

Big Questions About Food Security - The BigPicnic Project
Theano Moussouri

Paper
1:45pm - 3:00pm

Exploring Empathy: Lessons from Challenging Exhibitions 
Kirsten Madsen, Silvina Fernandez-Duque, Juli Goss, Rebekah Sobel

Panel
1:45pm - 3:00pm


Engaging Undergraduate Students in Audience Research 

Nicole R. Rivera, Fran Mast, Jennifer Matiasek

Panel
4:00pm - 5:15pm 

Digital Experiences in Art Museums: Visitor Preferences, Participation, and Impacts
Maia Werner-Avidon, Laura Brown, Hannah Ridenour, Shiralee Hudson Hill

Panel
4:00pm - 5:15pm

 Bringing Our Values to Work 
Kate Livingston, Cecilia Garibay, Jeanine Pollard

Panel
4:00pm - 5:15pm

Who's Not Here? Defining Audiences, Broadening Methods, Changing Relationships
Leigh Ann Mesiti, Sarah May, Juli Goss, Maddie Smith

Panel
4:00pm - 5:15pm

Parents as Partners in Supporting Early Childhood STEM Learning
Scott Pattison, Sasha Palmquist, Maureen Callanan, Graciela Solis

Panel
4:00pm - 5:15pm

Understanding and Assessing Visitor Attention
Ross Loomis, Stephen Bitgood

Panel
4:00pm - 5:15pm

 

Saturday Sessions - July 21, 2018

Gathering Data to Inform Equity-Focused Organizational Change: Methodological Implications
Evelyn Ronning, Gretchen Haupt

Panel
9:45am - 11:00am

Researching with a Field-Wide Perspective
Kari Nelson, Nicole Rivera, Michelle L. Nguyen, Sarah Brenkert

Panel
9:45am - 11:00am

What's the Benefit of Single-Visit Art Museum Programs to Students?
Amanda Krantz, Missy Higgins-Linder, Stephanie Downey

Panel
9:45am - 11:00am

Outside In: Learning from Community Voices in Visitor Studies
Cecilia Garibay, Leticia Perez Castellanos, Veronica Garcia Luis, Rebecca Teasdale

Panel
9:45am - 11:00am

Timing and Tracking Revisited
Mary Ann Wojton, Joe Heimlich

Paper
9:45am - 11:00am

Critical Appraisal: What's the Value?
Cathy Sigmond

Paper
9:45am - 11:00am
 

The "Unsafe" Museum: Negotiating Difficult Heritage
Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Alexandra Bounia, Jennifer Carter, Kate Flinner

Paper
9:45am - 11:00am  

The F-Word: Failure and Failing Towards Success
Mary Jackson, Taline Kuymjian, Jennifer Rigney, Kathryn Owen

Panel
11:15am - 12:30pm

How Informal Learning and Science Communication Define and Assess Identity
Kevin Crowley, James Bell, Martin Storksdieck, John Besley

Panel
11:15am - 12:30pm

Design-Based Research in Informal Education: Examples, Promise, and Pitfalls
Elizabeth Kollman, Marcie Benne, Marjorie Bequette, Joyce Ma

Panel
11:15am - 12:30pm

Visitor Perceptions on the Well-Being of Animals in Captivity
Manda Smith, Jerry Luebke, Mary Jackson, Nick Visscher

Panel
11:15am - 12:30pm

Visitor Insights Driving Change and Practice
Caitlin Ballingall, Marina Guiomar, Erica Maganti, Keith Snode

Panel
11:15am - 12:30pm

To register for the 2018 VSA Conference, click HERE.