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Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows

The Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows Program offers the opportunity for advanced graduate students to work directly with the Whitney’s collection and audiences within a supportive community of their peers and museum educators.

Ph.D. candidates teach from the Whitney’s collection and special exhibitions by giving gallery-based tours and courses and learn how to make their specialized academic knowledge relevant and accessible to general audiences.

Emerging scholars learn to teach directly from art objects with comfort and confidence, deepen their understanding of American art and culture, and develop effective communication skills. During the solitary process of dissertation writing when young scholars need financial as well as academic and emotional support, Teaching Fellows find camaraderie and community at the Museum and receive remuneration as well as validation for their teaching.

Candidates must be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Art History or a related field, finishing their coursework or working toward the completion of their dissertation. Fellowships are for a period of three years.

The Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art is supported by a generous gift from Steven Tisch.