Reese Teacher Fellowship

Reese Teacher Fellowship

The William Reese Company
Teacher Fellowship

The William Reese Company Teacher Fellowship seeks to enrich high school curriculum by encouraging research into the development of interdisciplinary connections between American art and core curriculum subjects of language arts, history, social studies, and the sciences. Administered by the Crystal Bridges Library, the Fellowship is designed to encourage creative research projects that draw on the assets of the Library to create arts-integrated curriculum that will enhance traditional teaching methods and student engagement.

The fellowship was established by William Reese, owner of the William Reese Company of New Haven, Conn, which works with collectors and institutions in the acquisition of rare books and manuscripts as well as in collection development.

  • The Reese Teacher Fellowship is open to high school educators affiliated with a public, private, or charter school. 
  • Each of the one-month residential fellowships includes a $4,000 stipend which will be disbursed to the recipient to cover transportation and housing costs during the recipient’s residency at Crystal Bridges. Reese Teacher Fellows will arrange for their own housing. A computer and work station within the Crystal Bridges Library will be provided.
  • Fellows will have access to the art and library special collections of Crystal Bridges as well the University of Arkansas Libraries in nearby Fayetteville. 
  • Curriculum subject areas may be language arts, history, social studies, or sciences.
  • Projects should contribute to the understanding of a topic as it intersects with American art. 

Expected outcomes will include:

  • Copies of any publications resulting from the research
  • Volunteer presentations and workshop participation
  • Final report to Crystal Bridges and the Fellowship donor

Fellows will be selected on the basis of their project narrative and the potential to enrich high school curriculum based on an interdisciplinary connection between American art primary and secondary print resources and a subject topic. Creative research projects that seek to enhance traditional teaching methods and engagement are particularly encouraged.

Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2014. Qualified applications will be reviewed by a committee representing Crystal Bridges’ library, education, and curatorial departments, and one external reviewer. The selection of the Reese Teacher Fellow will be announced in April for a summer 2014 residency.

Applications should consist of:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Project-based narrative, including how the project aligns with applicant’s state core curriculum standards
  • Bibliography of primary and secondary resources
  • 2 letters of recommendation (to be sent by the author directly to Reesefellowship@crystalbridges.org)
  • Letter of approval from school principal and/or superintendent

Email application materials to Reesefellowship@crystalbridges.org.

Direct inquiries to Reesefellowship@crystalbridges.org.