The Visitor Studies Association (VSA) activities are supported by volunteers. All active VSA members are eligible to join a committee.

To express interest in joining a committee, please select them in your Profile via your member dashboard.


Conference Committee

Led by Jason Allen, Conference Committee Chair

The Conference Committee coordinates the planning of the Annual Conference. From the Theme development, Keynote Speaker selection, Silent Auction, and April Awardee and Student Scholars.

Membership Committee

Led by Hannah Ridenour LaFrance, Membership Committee Chair

The Membership Committee assists with and provides insights on membership offerings and initiatives such communications, feedback, resources and benefits, and member retention and recruitment. The committee is responsible for spreading the word of opportunities afforded with VSA membership throughout the fields of academia, museums, cultural institutions, and other sites of informal learning.

Professional Development Committee

Led by Amanda Krantz, Professional Development Committee Chair

VSA’s Professional Development Committee is a team of VSA members committed to offering relevant Professional Development opportunities to VSA members throughout the year. We also consider ourselves the premier resource for visitor studies training (for VSA members and non-members).

VSA offers a variety of PD opportunities and is always expanding our work to fill the PD needs of our members and the visitors studies field.

Green Team

Led by Josh Gutwill

The VSA Green Team works to reduce the environmental impact of the association, particularly its annual conference. During in-person conferences, we've created Green Actions that people can take to reduce their carbon, plastic and water footprints. However, our main focus has been on developing engaging, fun, social activities during virtual conference in order to facilitate comfortable, authentic networking. Our goal is for VSA's conference to permanently shift to an every-other-year-virtual model, thereby cutting in half the association's carbon dioxide emissions from travel.