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
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.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
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.
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 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, and to Dr. Elise Smith, Professor of Art History and Chair of the Art Department, Millsaps College, email@example.com. 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.
· 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.
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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