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Joan Tisch Teaching Fellowship

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Posted by: Whitney Museum of american Art
Deadline: Sat, June 15th, 2024

The Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows Program offers graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in art history and related fields the unique opportunity to work directly with the Whitney Museum’s collection and audiences within a community of academic support. Participants in the program design specialized tours both in-gallery and virtual on the Whitney’s collection and special exhibitions for Museum visitors, public program audiences, and senior audiences. Fellows meet for workshops for feedback and support on their scholarly work and for training in teaching, communication and presentation skills, and other professional development topics. Teaching Fellows also have the opportunity to develop topical talks and multi-session courses on their areas of specialization for special members groups and the public. 

This selective program offers an invaluable opportunity for students to develop skills for public speaking without notes, communicating sophisticated ideas in a clear and organized fashion, and finding their own authentic voice. Alumni of the program, who have gone on to a range of prestigious positions in museums and academia, often reference how these skills benefited them throughout their careers.

Candidates must be graduate students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in art history or a related field, ideally finishing their coursework or working toward the completion of their dissertation. Students specializing in areas covered by the Museum’s collection are given special consideration, but this is not a prerequisite for selection. We are seeking diverse perspectives on American art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including Latinx and American Indigenous perspectives. We are especially looking for candidates who are able to offer tours in both Spanish and English.

The Teaching Fellows Program offers a stipend of $600 per month to support the learning opportunities of the program, in addition to $150 per hour for private and specialized tours and $110 for shorter public tours. Fellows also have the potential for further pay for multi-week courses, special programs, membership lectures, and other projects. Fellowships are ideally for a period of three years, with a minimum commitment of two years. During this period, Fellows are expected to live in or near New York City and be available for working in person at the Museum leading tours and programs each week. We are currently accepting applications for the fall of 2024. 

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Posted on Mon, April 15th, 2024
Expires on Sat, June 15th, 2024

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