Reese Teacher Fellowship

Reese Teacher Fellowship

The William Reese Company Teacher Fellowship

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 primary and secondary print resources and a subject topic. Curriculum subject areas may be language arts, history, social studies, or sciences, and should contribute to the understanding of the topic as it intersects with American art. Creative research projects that seek to enhance traditional teaching methods and engagement are particularly encouraged.

The Reese Teacher Fellowship will be a residential appointment and the recipient is expected to spend one month at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, where the residency will be based. The Reese Teacher Fellow will be awarded the total fellowship of $4,000. The award will be disbursed to the recipient as income to cover the stipend plus expenses, including travel and lodging. Fellows will arrange for their own housing. A computer and work station within the Crystal Bridges Library will be provided. 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 should be submitted by February 28, 2016 via email to [email protected] or mail to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Attn: Library, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, AR, 72712. Qualified applications will be reviewed by the fellowship committee and the selection of the Reese Teacher Fellow will be announced in April.



Applications will be accepted through February 28, 2016 and consist of:

  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • project proposal; including how the project aligns with your state core curriculum standards
  • bibliography of primary and secondary resources to be used from Crystal Bridges’ collection
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • letter of approval from school principal and/or superintendent

Expected outcomes will include:

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

Previous Fellowship Project

Realms of Fin and Feet and Wing 

This resource offers interdisciplinary curriculum materials to integrate early American natural history documents and works of art into World History, American History, British Literature, American Literature, and Biology.

By 2014 William Reese Company Teacher Fellow, Anne Greenwood