Reese Fellowship

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 and another subject topic by using primary sources from the Crystal Bridges 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 $4,000, 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

Applications should be submitted by February 28, 2017. Qualified applications will be reviewed by the fellowship committee and the selection of the Reese Teacher Fellow will be announced in April.

 

Apply for the Reese Fellowship

Applications will be accepted through February 28, 2017, 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.
  • Two letters of recommendation: one of the two from your school principal, if possible

Expected outcomes will include:

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


FAQ

Who qualifies for application?
The program 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.


Past 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