American Folk Art Museum Logo

Teachers College & American Folk Art Museum: Teaching Fellowship Program

The American Folk Art Museum Teaching Fellows Program provides the opportunity for graduate students to work with and learn from the American Folk Art Museum’s encouraging community of arts professionals and museum staff, as well as from its collection, special exhibitions, and audiences.

This program is offered to currently enrolled graduate students at Teachers College. Accepted candidates will teach from AFAM’s permanent collection and special exhibitions by giving thematic, gallery-based tours and learn how to make their unique academic knowledge engaging and accessible to the museum’s diverse and growing audience.

As emerging educators, teaching fellows will learn to work directly from art objects with confidence; strengthen their teaching pedagogy; deepen their understanding of visual culture, American history, and the continuum of folk and self-taught art; and develop effective communication skills. Teaching Fellows will be an integral part of the museum’s work environment within the education department.

Candidates must be currently enrolled in a graduate-level program in art education or a related field, finishing their coursework or working toward the completion of their advanced degree. Teaching Fellow positions are open for a full academic year, from Fall 2019 to Spring 2020.

A weekly commitment (whether gallery teaching, researching remotely or in the museum library, or attending periodic training meetings) of 1 to 3 hours is expected.

A modest compensation will be offered in the form of a stipend each semester.

The American Folk Art Museum is the premier institution devoted to the creative expressions of self-taught artists, past and present. Since 1961, the American Folk Art Museum has been shaping the understanding of art by the self-taught through its exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. As a center of scholarship and a showcase of the creativity of individuals whose singular talents have been refined through experience rather than formal artistic training, the museum considers the historical, social, and artistic context of American culture. Its collection includes more than eight thousand artworks dating from the eighteenth century to the present—from compelling portraits and dazzling quilts to powerful works by living self-taught artists in a variety of mediums.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to with “AFAM Teaching Fellowship” in the subject line.

IMPORTANT: Please inform your academic advisor before you apply for this Fellowship to assess whether (a) this is a good fit for your program and (b) you may be able to earn academic credit for your work at AFAM.