JOAN TISCH TEACHING FELLOWS PROGRAM
The 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 and lecture to museum visitors, public program audiences, and senior audiences. Fellows meet for periodic workshops for feedback and support on scholarly work and for training in teaching, communication and presentation skills or other specialized topics. More advanced Teaching Fellows may also be invited to develop special lectures and multi-session courses 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, finishing their coursework or working toward the completion of their dissertation. We are seeking diverse perspectives on American Art of the 20th and 21st Century. Specializing in areas covered by the Museum’s collection is helpful, but is not a prerequisite for selection. 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. Fellows are paid $125 per hour for private and specialized tours; $100 for public tours; $75 for workshop participation; and have the potential for further pay for multi-week courses, colloquia and other projects.
We are currently interviewing for a position to start in the fall of 2018.
To apply, please send the following to TischTeachingFellows@Whitney.org:
1) a statement of purpose, describing why you are interested in the program and how you see your skills and experience contributing to what we do
2) a CV
3) a letter of reference or contact information of a reference
The Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art is supported by a generous gift from Steven Tisch.