Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman-Joan Whitney Payson Fellowship – Yale University Art Gallery

The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman–Joan Whitney Payson Fellowship is a full-time, one-year fellowship, with the possibility of renewal for a second year, intended for an emerging professional with an advanced degree who is considering a career in museum education or academic engagement. Reporting to the Bradley Associate Curator of Academic Affairs and working closely with colleagues and collaborators across and beyond Yale University, the fellow will gain broad, hands-on experience in interactive and interdisciplinary teaching with objects; university-level outreach and curricular programs; and the execution and evaluation of educational offerings for diverse audiences.

The focus of this fellowship is to explore university-level curricular engagement at the Yale University Art Gallery and to help develop innovative teaching resources and related materials, including for the museum’s new website. The fellow will participate in the rigorous Wurtele Gallery Teacher training program and learn from museum educators about art-based pedagogies and the Gallery’s global collections.

Emerging scholars with an advanced degree in art history, visual studies, museum studies, education, or a related academic field, as well as a strong interest in interdisciplinary approaches to teaching with collections, are encouraged to apply. We welcome and encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups in the field of museum education.

At least one year of experience teaching with objects in a museum setting is required. Residence in the greater New Haven area for the term of the fellowship is required. The fellow is expected to work on-site at the Gallery five days per week. Some evening and weekend work is required. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication, interpersonal, research, and writing skills; a demonstrated ability to communicate with museum staff, faculty, students, and the public in a knowledgeable and professional manner; an ability to connect with diverse audiences; and an ability to take initiative and anticipate actions needed. Skills in digital-content development would be especially welcome.

Applicants must submit a CV with the names and contact information of three references and a cover letter that addresses the candidate’s interest in the fellowship.

Submit applications (in PDF format) to: Sydney Skelton Simon, the Bradley Associate Curator of Academic Affairs, sydney.simon@yale.edu.

Application deadline: March 26, 2023

Expected start date: August 1, 2023

Salary range: $45,000–$57,000, commensurate with education and experience; a competitive benefits package, including health insurance. For more details, see https://postdocs.yale.edu/postdocs/benefits. In addition, the Gallery offers a professional development and conference travel stipend of up to $1,500 per year and up to $1,000 reimbursement for relocation costs.

This position is generously endowed by the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Fund for Education and the Joan Whitney Payson (1903–1975) Fund.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

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