Postdoctoral Fellowship, Art History - Mississippi Museum of Art and Millsaps College

  • 11 Feb 2021 2:56 PM
    Message # 10084828

    POSITION:  Postdoctoral Fellowship, Art History

    REPORTS TO:  Director of Academic Affairs, Mississippi Museum of Art, and Chair of the Art Department, Millsaps College

    STATUS:  Full-time, two-years beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year, to be  shared equally between MMA (Mississippi Museum of Art) and Millsaps College

    Job Summary

    The Mississippi Museum of Art and Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, jointly seek an art historian for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship beginning in August 2021. The fellow will teach one class at Millsaps each fall and two classes each spring, and work with the Museum’s curatorial department on exhibition projects.

    The fellow will create academic opportunities for students to study content areas being presented at the Museum or those being researched for future exhibitions. Hands-on exhibition projects, as well as research papers, will be assigned to the fellow’s students, again extending the academic and professional collaborations beyond the classroom. As the joint appointment is evaluated, both institutions will collaborate on incorporating any insights from the initial experience to continue supporting the ongoing and lasting partnership between the museum’s curatorial expertise and the college’s academic offerings. Demonstrated experience in museum and academic settings is required and combined curatorial and teaching experience is preferred. A list of essential job functions is below.

    Essential Functions

    • Working with museum educators to develop interpretive tools and public programs.
    • Teaching one class in the Fall of 2021 and two classes in the Spring of 2022 at Millsaps College
    • Training Millsaps College student interns to work at the MMA and the Hall Art Gallery at Millsaps.
    • Providing general curatorial assistance in the planning and organization of the Permanent Collection Exhibition, New Symphony of Time (NSOT), including scholarly research and logistical support in the preparation of loan requests, interpretive materials, related public programs, and other exhibition-related materials.
    • Developing a strategy for taking the Permanent Collection and research program for New Symphony of Time to a higher level of activity.
    • Developing scholarly initiatives in collaboration with the curatorial department for NSOT.
    • Researching artists for consideration into acquisition plan
    • Providing support to the Chief Curator as needed

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • PhD in Art History and a minimum of 2 years of related museum or gallery work, including the curation of at least one museum exhibition.
    • Familiarity with art techniques, care of works of art, cataloguing systems, and collection storage.
    • Must be able to teach American art, with a preference for modern and contemporary or regional art history.
    • Computer skills in basic word processing and database programs.
    • Evidence of effective teaching experience (sample syllabi and/or student evaluations).
    • Ability to teach online if necessary.
    • Ability to work with faculty, students, colleagues, volunteers, and the public.
    • Effective academic and popular writing skills 

    Physical Demands and Work Environment

    The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Some duties may require long periods of standing and walking as well as frequent reaching and kneeling, pushing, pulling, carrying, lifting, and moving objects 5 pounds or more. Work may be performed indoors and outdoors in different weather conditions.


    • This position is full-time (40 hours per week) and will be exempt/salaried.
    • The salary will be within budgeted levels depending on experience.
    • The position is eligible for the Museum's benefits package on the first of the month following 30 days of full-time employment. Benefits include paid time off (vacation, sick, holiday, jury duty, bereavement), and medical and dental benefits.

    Selection Process

    We are preferentially seeking applicants who have some level of art historical knowledge and/or expertise in a field which is generally of relevance to the collections of the Museum and the curriculum of the College’s art department.

    Fellows will be approved by a search committee consisting of the Museum’s Deputy Director of Art and Programs, Chief Curator, Director of Academic Affairs and Millsaps College’s Chair of the Art Department and professors of art history and studio art.

    Application Process

    Application materials should include a letter of application, contact information for two references, current CV (Curriculum Vitae), statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching experience (sample syllabi and student evaluations, if available), and a writing sample, sent by email to Dr. Redell Hearn, Director of Academic Affairs, Mississippi Museum of Art,, and to Dr. Elise Smith, Professor of Art History and Chair of the Art Department, Millsaps College, The search committee will begin reviewing complete applications on February 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent on a completed background verification.

    About the Mississippi Museum of Art

    The Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The Museum is a private not-for-profit and is not a department or agency of the state or federal government.

    The Mississippi Museum of Art is more than an art museum in Jackson, Mississippi. It is a museum of Mississippi – a museum that connects Mississippians to our culture, our history, our communities, and to each other. It is a museum informed by the legacy of our past and emboldened by a vision of a future without division.

    We believe it our responsibility to the community to explore and examine every facet of the Mississippi story. The Mississippi Museum of Art is committed to curating a shared space for every Mississippian – a brave space where we can all find wonder, peace and a voice. 

    We pride ourselves in being a visitor and community-focused art museum and garden in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. The Museum employs a collaborative staff that works to ensure the exhibitions, programs, operations, and community outreach fulfill the mission, vision, and core values of the institution. We are committed to building a culture of inclusivity that includes continued professional development opportunities at all levels of the Museum. 


    The Mississippi Museum of Art connects Mississippi to the world, and the power of art to the power of community.


    Committed to honesty, equity, and inclusion, the Mississippi Museum of Art is a leader in engaging art, artists, and participants in the critical work of reckoning with the past, connecting with each other in the present, and envisioning a future without division.

    Core Values

    ·         Warm Welcome + Inclusion. The Museum will model open hospitality for all people and will demonstrate inclusiveness at all levels of its operations and programs.

    ·         Honesty + Diversity. Honoring diverse viewpoints, histories, and lived experiences, the Museum will be a place for honest conversations that respect difference in the service of increased understanding and empathy.

    ·         Local Relevance + National Distinction. The Museum pursues deep investigations into Mississippi’s cultural history and produces programs of high quality and relevance that attract new national partners seeking to explore the relationship between Mississippi and the world. 

    ·         Artworks + Artists. Museum programs will honor the primacy of artistic objects as sources of meaning and will include, when possible, meaningful opportunities for participants to have personal experiences with visual artists.

    ·         Excellence + Equity. Museum programs, exhibitions, and collections will place artistic value as critical, while simultaneously dismantling traditional hierarchies of genre and style.

    ·         Trust + Authority. The Museum values academic scholarship and accuracy; and, at the same time, it trusts the voices of people who have lived experiences that deepen the meaning of its exhibitions. 

    Employee Values

    A successful member of the Museum’s team will be mission-driven, welcoming, inclusive, respectful, empathetic, ambitious, will bring a level of excellence to their work, have a high respect for artists and artistic integrity, and will collaborate within their department and with other departments.




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