Professional Development


The Western Museums Association (WMA) is excited to announce the opening of Registration for the 2014 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas! During WMA’s 79th convening, Las Vegas’ museums will be illuminated as we learn new skill sets and grow professionally by exchanging with our museum colleagues. Las Vegas is a place that is known for rebirth, and continues to provide new experiences. One thing is...
By Joseph Govednik
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attended the 2013 Annual Meeting
For the last several years I made the annual pilgrimage to the western city hosting the Western Museums Association (WMA) Annual Meeting with great anticipation. My first exposure to the WMA Annual Meetings was back in 2007 in Oakland, where I was a graduate student at nearby...
By Emily Schmierer
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attended the 2013 Annual Meeting
Emily Schmierer


The Western Museums Association (WMA) 2013 Annual Meeting, Drive On! Museums and the Future in Salt Lake City was my first professional museum conference. I am a graduate student in the University of Washington (UW) Museology graduate program, and have worked...
The Western Museums Association (WMA) provides enrichment and forums for communication and interaction to museum professionals. The Wanda Chin Scholarship program helps fund participation and travel to the WMA 2014 Annual Meeting by professionals who might otherwise not be able to attend. Scholarships are available to members of the field at the student, incoming professional and mid-career...
The Western Museums Association (WMA) 2014 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas will be here before you know it! The WMA is happy to announce the official Request for Proposals for the 2014 Poster Presentations Session. The goal of the poster session is to showcase how museums are changing perspectives and are moving to “Expect the Unexpected,” the theme of WMA 2014 Annual Meeting. This Poster Session is...
By Jessica Horowitz
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attended the 2013 Annual Meeting
Jessica Horowitz


Every year, the Western Museum Association (WMA) 2013 Annual Meeting provides valuable learning experiences through its sessions and events. For me, this conference provides the chance to step back and observe the overall field and gain a greater...
By Sue Lafferty
“I made some incredible connections! I reconnected with old friends and felt great to be able to mentor the newcomers during the conference.”
“I came away with a renewed enthusiasm for a career in museums and ideas to enhance the mission of my institution.”
“I am always so impressed by the spirit of community and reflective practice you and your team are able to cultivate at these...
By Susannah Dowds
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attended the 2013 Annual Meeting
Susannah during her 2013 internship at the Anasazi State Park Museum in Boulder, Utah


Two days before the Western Museums Association (WMA) 2013 Annual Meeting, I was the only grad student in the Northern Studies offices at midnight. In my last minute packing I remembered that...
By Meris Mullaley
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attended the 2013 Annual Meeting
How many times have you thought, “If only I knew then what I know now, I would have done [blank] differently.”
While perpetual second-guessing is not a productive way to live and work, my recent career change from field archaeologist to museum educator has given me the...
By Jessica Brier
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attended the 2013 Annual Meeting
This year, I had the privilege of participating in the Western Museums Association Annual Meeting for the first time. It was also my first presentation at a conference, as well as my first visit to Utah. This thoroughly novel experience was made possible by the support of the...

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