Andrew W. Mellon Academic Coordinator (Intern) - 18356BR

Andrew W. Mellon Academic Coordinator (Intern)

Spencer Museum of Art
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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Position Overview

Interns will participate in a full range of professional staff activities. All interns will assist with a variety of departmental duties in order to gain broad understanding of museum operations, including attending various staff meetings and assisting at the visitor services desk.

Job Description

The Academic Coordinator serves as an interface between the Spencer Museum of Art and the University of Kansas, connecting students and faculty with the museum and its collection. A highly collaborative position, primary responsibilities include the development and implementation of curriculum-structured gallery experiences, opportunities for object based teaching and learning, dynamic programming for University students and faculty, and extracurricular initiatives with the Museum. The academic coordinator also works on special projects based on current needs.

  • Develop and conduct class sessions that support specific curricular objectives across a wide range of disciplines, in consultation with faculty and SMA colleagues.
  • Expand participation among faculty and students, including departments and organizations, that have not traditionally used the museum’s resources, as well as among those who have. This includes co-developing activities for participating in university-wide outreach events, as well as tabling.
  • Assist Deputy Director staff training programs for faculty and lead workshops for graduate students in object-based teaching, and with development of new museum-based courses and other projects.
  • Participate in and organize departmental programming, which includes working with both KU students and the local community, as well as museum partners.
  • Work with curatorial and research colleagues to develop collaborative initiatives that support the museum’s essential role in the academic agenda of KU and campus life.
  • In collaboration with PPER staff, develop tools for evaluation and assessment of SMA academic initiatives.
  • Collaborate with SMA and KU faculty, students and staff to create and implement interpretive materials and public programs that support and advance the diversity, equity, inclusion and access priorities of the Museum and KU.
  • Support the development and promotion of online teaching resources for faculty and students.
  • Maintain and update the online curricular resource database, including related assessment duties.
  • Conduct research related to academic programs, including other campus museums.
  • Maintain familiarity with current exhibitions/events/objects on display.
  • As appropriate, participate in related project-based meetings, departmental meetings, as well as SMA staff meetings.
  • Participate in intern meetings and activities, including collaborative intern project.
  • Attend related lectures and other events on campus and in the community.
  • In coordination with deputy director, supervise and delegate projects for a student assistant when applicable.
  • Perform other duties and special projects as specified.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be a University of Kansas graduate student seeking a master's or Ph.D. degree.
  • Enrolled in six credit hours of graduate coursework or at least one hour of thesis/dissertation (approval form from graduate program required).
  • Demonstrated computer competency (Office, Outlook, databases, web skills).
  • Strong written and oral presentation skills as demonstrated by application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Interest in object-based teaching and learning.
  • Teaching experience at the post-secondary level.
  • Background developing/supporting programming for diverse audiences.
  • Familiarity with academic departments at the University of Kansas.
  • Specialized skills in design, desktop publishing, and/or social media.
  • Experience with digital initiatives and/or humanities projects.
  • Flexibility, creativity, initiative, and dedication to social justice.
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with museum staff, university faculty, students, and artists.
  • Interest in a museum career is taken into consideration.
  • Flexible schedule and be available to work weekends and after hours if needed.
  • Acceptance of Federal Work Study (for eligibility please fill out a FAFSA form through the KU Financial Aid Office).

Additional Candidate Instructions

Please provide the following information in your application materials (CV and cover letter), attached as one document, PDF preferred.
  • The Spencer Museum of Art currently has multiple internship opportunities available beginning August 2021 through July 2022. Please rank in order of preference which internship you prefer to be considered for.
  • Museum or related career goals.
  • Educational experience in relevant fields of study.
  • Work experience.
  • Brief writing sample (5 pages or less).
  • Language skills.
  • Other skills such as computer use or database experience.
  • Provide telephone number and email address where you can be reached.
Additional Information:
  • This position is also eligible to participate in the university health insurance program. Visit for more information.
  • This position is an 11 month appointment (24 pay periods) appointment beginning August 9, 2021 and ending July 9, 2022.
  • Students may apply for one or more positions.
  • Students who previously have held an SMA internship are also eligible to apply again for the same internships or different internship.
  • Interns are also eligible for a $1,000 travel stipend contingent upon available funding.
  • SMA interns qualify for in-state tuition and fee rates.

Statement on Diversity & Inclusion

As a premier international research university, the University of Kansas is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that nurtures the growth and development of all. KU holds steadfast in the belief that an array of values, interests, experiences, and intellectual and cultural viewpoints enrich learning and our workplace. The promotion of and support for a diverse and inclusive community of mutual respect requires the engagement of the entire university.

Contact Information to Applicants

MaryCelka Straughn
785 864 6796


Jennifer Talbott
785 864 0135

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Work Schedule

20 hours per week, schedule to be determined by Supervisor.

Anticipated Start Date


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