Formed in 1969, the Museum Education Roundtable fosters professionalism among museum educators by encouraging leadership, scholarship and research in museum- based learning. MER provides leadership in professional development for a broad and diverse audience of museum practitioners and educators. Through its publications, programs, and active communications network, MER:
- Supports professionalism among peers and others committed to excellence in museum-based learning,
- Encourages leadership, scholarship, and research in museum-based learning, and
- Advocates the inclusion and application of museum-based learning in general education and life-long learning.
MER publishes the Journal of Museum Education, the only journal printed in the United States that is devoted to the theory and practice of museum education. Written by museum and education professionals, JME articles explore innovations in the field of museum education, teaching strategies for use in museums and other informal learning environments, visitor research, and evaluation.
MER hosts an annual program each year in Washington, DC, and a member’s reception at the AAM annual conference. In addition, MER partners with regional groups to present programs that offer networking opportunities and discussions around issues of the JME.
MER is a volunteer, non-profit organization incorporated in Washington, DC, lead by a Board of Directors from across the country. Board members are nominated to represent diversity in the field, both in content and geographic location. Terms of service for the Board of Directors are three years, with one renewable term. The terms of service are staggered with new members joining the Board each year. This means that we are always looking for new qualified and enthusiastic nominees to rotate onto the Board. If you would like to nominate someone (including yourself) for service on the MER Board, please contact the MER staff person and she will pass your request for information on the the nominations task force chair.