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Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

The statement of research interests should be no longer than a 1-page description/summary of research interests as pertains to the discipline of art history, with specific attention to professional research projects (including internships), and academic work. The writing sample should be approximately 10 pages, preferably a research paper, and illuminate the candidate’s knowledge of art history and/or museum practice.

Posting Details

Posting Details

Title Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow
Posting Number S00396JP
Department Museum of Art
Job Summary

The Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship offers curatorial training and the opportunity to strengthen the academic role of the Museum’s collections, facilitating the use of original works of art by faculty and students. Responsibilities include:

• Supports collective and one-on-one curricular engagement with museum objects
• Promotes faculty engagement with the collection through introductory and ongoing workshops designed to develop curricular opportunities
• Facilitates object-based class sessions in the Museum’s dedicated art-study classroom
• Organizes teaching exhibitions with students and faculty across the disciplines, acknowledging and encouraging new directions in research, scholarship, and dissemination
• Contributes to the curatorial agenda and programming of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art
• Curates and organizes scholarly exhibitions and writes associated publications
• Conceives and implements programming (lectures, symposia) related to exhibitions and the Museum’s permanent collection
• Supports the Museum’s digitization efforts.

This is a three-year appointment with an expected start date of summer 2018. This position offers a competitive salary and benefits, as well as an annual travel and research fund.

Education/Skills Requirements

A recent Ph.D. in art history is required. Applicants who will receive their Ph.D. by June 30, 2018 will also be considered.

Broad knowledge of art history and interest in a career in the museum field desired. Proven ability to work on multiple projects within a collaborative and deadline-driven environment. Strong research, writing and public speaking skills essential.

Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents

A minimum of one year working in a museum environment and demonstrated experience with object-based learning are required. Experience with digital humanities preferred.

Standard Work Days and Hours

Usually Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 5:00, although occasional evening and weekend work is required.

About Bowdoin

Bowdoin College is a highly selective liberal arts college, enrolling approximately 1,800 students. Through a need-blind admissions policy, the College meets 100% of students’ demonstrated financial need with no loans. 32% of students identify as students of color, an additional 5% are international, and 45% receive financial aid. Bowdoin is a dynamic living and learning community committed to fostering pluralism, building intentional community, and nurturing a commitment to the common good.

The College seeks academically and culturally diverse faculty and staff, welcoming applicants from diverse backgrounds, and/or who have experience working collaboratively with diverse populations. Bowdoin is set in the coastal New England town of Brunswick, Maine. Brunswick, a town of 22,000 residents, brings together elements of both city and country living including cultural offerings, a variety of restaurants, and four season activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Bowdoin’s historic 215-acre campus, comprising 120+ buildings, is a brief walk to downtown Brunswick, and is 25 miles from Portland and about 120 miles from Boston.

Shift N/A
Employment Category Full Time Year Round
FTE 1.00
Benefits Eligible Yes
Pay Type Salaried
Background Check Package Requirements Faculty/Administrative
Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Bowdoin vehicle or off road vehicle, rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job? No
Is a pre-placement physical required for this position? No
Posting Date 12/18/2017
Applications Accepted Until 03/02/2018
Open Until Filled No
Type of Posting Internal/External
Special Instructions to Applicants

The statement of research interests should be no longer than a 1-page description/summary of research interests as pertains to the discipline of art history, with specific attention to professional research projects (including internships), and academic work.

The writing sample should be approximately 10 pages, preferably a research paper, and illuminate the candidate’s knowledge of art history and/or museum practice.

EEO Information

Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses. 

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Research Interests/Research Plans
  4. Writing Sample
Optional Documents