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

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

Expected outcomes will include:

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

FAQ

Who qualifies for application?
The program is open to The William Reese Company Teacher Fellowship is open to high school educators of language arts, history, social studies, or the sciences. Applicants may be affiliated with a public, private, or charter school.
Does my project have to be object oriented?
We invite applicants working on object-based (a work of art at Crystal Bridges) projects; however, we highly encourage interdisciplinary connections between American art primary and secondary print resources and a topic as it contributes to the understanding of a topic as it intersects with American art. Creative research projects that seek to enhance traditional teaching methods and engagement are particularly encouraged.
How long is the term?
Terms are 4 weeks consecutive during a period of time chosen by the Reese Teacher Fellow and agreed upon by program committee members. Typically, residency weeks would fall between the first week of June and the first week of August; however, the Museum is open to considering consecutive four weeks during other times of the calendar year.
What resources are available to Scholars?

Fellows will have open access to the Crystal Bridges Library catalog and subscription databases. The Crystal Bridges Library is open stacks, internally circulating, so any books you retrieve from the shelves will need to be checked out to you and remain in the Museum. Access to Crystal Bridges manuscripts, archival materials, and artist files will be available by appointment with the Library.

If you would like to search our online library catalog, it is available through the “Library” page on our website or via this shortcut: http://library.uark.edu/search~S2. If you would like to broaden your search to include the University of Arkansas catalog, simply change the default search setting from “Crystal Bridges Library” to “All Libraries.” We advise that you bring a laptop computer or tablet. The Library has computers for use during all library hours when the Museum is open. You will be able to access this network on your laptop throughout the Museum.


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