DIMENSIONS Spring 1999

MEET MICHAEL MATULKA

As a research study assistant at the University of Washington, Michael Matulka finds the travel, testing and interviewing to be the most interesting aspects to his work. What most people ask when finding out that he has done the same test with over 500 study participants is, "Aren't you bored with this work?" Matulka's response is "Not at all." What may seem to be a boring, repetitive job to some, is actually a very interesting process of change and constancy. To explain this rather contradictory statement, Matulka says, "Whereas each test is given in the same exact procedure for each individual, each testing situation, whether it's in someone's home, work, library or senior center, provides a different environment. In addition, each person is unique and brings their own perspective to each test."

Having come to the University from freelance interviewing for a variety of projects, Matulka has found the atmosphere at the UW to be "very stimulating. There are always a lot of different research projects going on at any one time, so the intellectual climate is always challenging." Matulka's training began with an associate's degree in emergency medicine, and he worked as a paramedic. Matulka then earned a B.S. in Urban Studies and Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 1985.

In his spare time, Matulka spends time with his wife and two- year-old son. Family is of utmost importance to him, and gives him much personal fulfillment. He also enjoys doing his own handy-man work on his new home.


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