Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Integrated Arts Research Initiative Gradua - 10827BR

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Integrated Arts Research Initiative Gradua

Spencer Museum of Art
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Integrated Arts Research Initiative:

With the Integrated Arts Research Initiative, the Spencer Museum of Art (SMA) at the University of Kansas (KU) proposes to transform the art museum into an active hub for collaborative research between the arts and other disciplines. Research generated by the initiative will foster reciprocal exchange and the production of knowledge driven by scholars from multiple disciplines. By providing opportunities for motivated KU students and faculty to participate in deeper and more sustained interactions with the Museum, IARI will deepen engagement with university audiences and collaborators. IARI is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

IARI Fellow Description:

The Spencer Museum of Art (SMA) is seeking a full-time KU graduate student to serve a one-year term (11-month appointment) as a Graduate Research Fellow during the 2018-19 academic year in conjunction with the Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI). The IARI Graduate Research Fellow will work with SMA academic staff on research projects that develop through a collaborative exchange of ideas, integrate different disciplinary methods, and connect with the goals and/or resources of the art museum. For the 2018-19 IARI Graduate Fellow, the Museum specifically seeks a candidate with interest in social histories broadly conceived, with a possible focus on decolonization, social justice, or how forms of knowledge include or exclude particular experiences. The position will also be responsible for assisting in the management of a major museum publication.

  • The IARI Graduate Research Fellow will contribute to the development and promotion of a collaborative, interdisciplinary research culture at the Museum and KU.
  • Collaborate with SMA academic staff and may work with faculty and undergraduate research fellows.
  • Opportunity to work with an invited creative specialist and/or visiting scholar in conjunction with the project.
  • Give a presentation to Museum and KU audiences
  • Contribute to the Museum’s online research platform in the form of blog entries, video, images, PDF publications, and the like, depending on the research project and process.

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).
  • Fluency in spoken and written English as evidenced by application materials and interview.
  • Demonstrated computer competency (Office, Outlook, databases, web skills).
  • Strong writing and editing skills, as evidenced by application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with museum staff, university faculty and students.
  • Familiarity in the visual arts and/or research that integrates the arts.
  • Experience with collaborative interdisciplinary research across the arts, humanities, sciences, or social sciences.
  • Willingness to engage with ideas beyond one’s field of expertise.
  • Flexibility, creativity, and initiative.
  • Demonstrated interest in multiple or interdisciplinary fields of inquiry.
  • Must have a flexible schedule and be available to work weekends and after hours if needed.

Additional Candidate Instructions

****Deadline to apply is Friday, February 23, 2018.

Application Process:

Please provide the following information in your application materials (CV and cover letter), attached as one document, PDF preferred.
  • Museum or related career goals.
  • Educational experience in relevant fields of study.
  • Work experience and research and/or your interest in collaborative interdisciplinary research (limit of 500 words).
  • Brief writing sample (limit 2,500 words) or other scholarly product.
  • Other skills such as computer use, video production experience, database experience, etc.
  • Provide telephone number and email address where you can be reached.

Additional Information:
  • This position is an hourly, approximately 20 hours/week, position for 24, 2-week pay periods.
  • This position is also eligible to participate in the university health insurance program. Visit for more information.
  • 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 or different internships.
  • Interns are also eligible for a $1,000 travel stipend.
  • SMA interns qualify for in-state tuition and fee rates.

Contact Information to Applicants

Applicants may contact Joey Orr, Curator for Research, or Jennifer Talbott with questions. Please complete all areas of the application, including all application questions. Applications will not be accepted without all questions answered.

Advertised Salary Range

$15 per hour or $600 bi-weekly.

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