TLA Survey Provides Guidelines for the Future
In an effort to “take the pulse” of our membership and to continually improve the organization, the TLA Membership Committee sent out a survey in September.
Some highlights of the survey results are:
- Most of our respondents are employed full time at academic research institutions.
- More than half of our survey respondents have been members of TLA for more than five years.
- While most are satisfied with their TLA membership, a significant number of respondents indicated a desire for TLA to move away from the New York centric model.
- Our respondents noted that Performing Arts Resources and networking opportunities were the two most valuable things offered by TLA, followed by professional development, conferences and public events, and the listserv.
- An overwhelming majority indicated that they use Performing Arts Resource to support their teaching and/or research.
- Our respondents have a desire for more online sessions and remote ways to participate.
- The new TLA web site received good ratings among those who have visited.
Thanks go out to Laurie Murphy who distributed the survey and compiled the results and to Megan Wacha who put together a results summary.
The Board will use these results to influence program planning and to guide the future of the organization. Discussions have already begun on how to work on the areas of opportunity highlighted by the survey.
As always, we value our members’ input and hope that you will continue to forward ideas and suggestions to us throughout the year. No need to wait for a survey to let us know how we can best serve you!
Membership Committee Chair