William Reese Company Teacher Fellowship | 2020
Job Description
Crystal Bridges - Bentonville, AR
Position Summary

Position Overview

The Reese Teacher Fellowship is open to all high school educators. Applicants may be affiliated with a public, private, or charter school. Fellows will be selected on the basis of their project’s potential to enrich high school curriculum based on an interdisciplinary connection between American art and another subject topic by using primary sources from the library’s rare book and archives collections. Creative research projects that seek to enhance traditional teaching methods and engagement are encouraged.


The Reese Teacher Fellow is expected to spend one month at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. A computer and work station within the Crystal Bridges Library will be provided during the fellowship term. The Reese Teacher Fellow will be awarded $5,000.00 disbursed to the recipient as income to cover expenses, including travel and lodging. To support their research, Reese Teacher Fellows will have access to the art and library special collections of Crystal Bridges as well as the library at the University of Arkansas in nearby Fayetteville.


Applications will be accepted through April 20, 2020 and must consist of:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • project proposal- include details on subject to be explored, alignment with curriculum standards, and resources to be used from Crystal Bridges collection
  • 2 letters of recommendation- one of the two from your school principal, if possible


Please upload cover letter and all supporting documents as one file. Please include your name as a footer on each page of each document.


Expected outcomes will include:

  • copies of any publications and lesson plans
  • volunteer presentations and workshop participation
  • final report to Crystal Bridges and the donor


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.

  • Physical demands: The position requires verbal and written conversation with others and use of hands to manipulate, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. Vision abilities required by the job include close vision and color perception. Ability to work at a work station.
  • Work Environment: Work will be performed in an office environment, museum spaces, and in communities served. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. Position may require some independent overnight travel for research, professional meetings, and other travel as necessary to fulfill responsibilities of the position.
Application and Additional Information



To be considered for this position, please apply through this posting. Applications must be complete and include a resume and cover letter.


No phone calls please.


The successful candidate will be required to pass a routine background and consumer credit check and drug screen.




Crystal Bridges is committed to creating an institution that reflects the diversity of our region and nation. We are especially mindful of those in our community impacted by inequity due to ability, language, class, age, gender, religion, sexuality, race and ethnicity, and are working diligently to address perceived and real barriers that keep anyone from fully experiencing the museum as a guest, volunteer, or employee. To achieve true reform, we must have a diverse, highly qualified team. Crystal Bridges is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

We actively encourage minority candidates to apply for this position.


Museum Overview:

Crystal Bridges is a museum of American Art located in Bentonville, Arkansas. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting and preserving outstanding works that illuminate the American heritage and artistic possibilities.


We are passionate about transforming lives through experiences that encourage the discovery of new ideas, expanded dreams and inspired actions.


As an employee at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, you will be empowered to think creatively, ask questions, and make suggestions to help move the institution forward.