Research Study: Collecting Responses to Museum Salary Spreadsheet

In May of 2019, an anonymized spreadsheet was passed around the museum world, allowing contributors and non-contributors alike to see how much museum workers are paid in various geographical areas and types of museums.  The research team for this study (see below) is interested in how and in what ways this spreadsheet may or may not have changed the actions, feelings, thoughts, and/or beliefs of museum educators. They want to understand the effects of the spreadsheet in the immediate aftermath of the survey and, longitudinally, as time has passed. 

If you have not heard of the salary spreadsheet, the full version can be found here.

The research team has taken the liberty of condensing the spreadsheet to reflect data submitted by museum educators and have created charts and graphs that interpret this material.  These can be found here.

Your participation in the study is entirely voluntary and anonymous.  The survey should take 10–15 minutes, is a mix of quantitative and qualitative questions, and is mobile-friendly (though it looks better on a computer).  When you click the below link, you will first need to read through an Informed Consent form and choose if you will participate or not by electronically indicating your consent.  The survey will be live until February 15, 2020.

The link for the survey is here: https://smu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cLQaufQDp8PTPoh

Your time and thoughts are greatly appreciated.  The team hopes to make these findings available in the near future in a museum education-directed publication.

Thank you for participating!  

If you have any questions about the study you may contact Laura Evans at Laura.Evans@unt.edu. Any questions you have regarding your rights as a research subject, or complaints about the research may be directed to the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance at the University of North Texas at 940-565-4643, or by email at untirb@unt.edu.

The research team:

Laura Evans, PhD, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Art Museum Education Certificate at the University of North Texas

Anne Kindseth, Education Programs Manager at the Meadows Museum of Art

Andrew Palamara, Associate Director of Docent Learning at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Anne Lenhart, Master of Arts Administration/Masters of Business Administration, SMU, 2021

A.R., an anonymous museum educator

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