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This unique opportunity will appeal to candidates who thrive in a cohesive, team-based environment, and who are excited by the possibilities of working in a large, research-based university while also understanding its challenges.  For full consideration please provide a resume, with cover letter, describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position requirements. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

This is a limited term appointment with a duration of 24 months.

Job Summary

The purpose of the position is to provide early career experience in museum education related to academic classes in a university setting, mentored and supervised by the Andrew W. Mellon Manager for Academic Outreach and Teaching. This is a challenging and varied position which serves schools and disciplines across the University of Michigan, a leading research university. The Academic Teaching Fellow will work with faculty and instructors to prepare for class visits to UMMA’s exhibitions and collections. S/he will also prepare for and lead class visits in the galleries and study rooms. In addition, under the supervision of the Manager for Academic Outreach and Teaching, s/he will manage the UMMA study room and study case calendars. S/he will coordinate with the Chief Registrar to assist in organizing the weekly schedules of the art handlers. Additionally, s/he will will be trained in art handling by the Collections and Exhibitions department to provide backup support for art handling when needed.

As described, this position is supervised by the Manager of Academic Outreach and Teaching under the general direction and supervision of the Deputy Director for Education, with additional oversight by the Chief Registrar for Collections and Exhibitions when assisting with the management of the Art Museum’s collections and object files. The Academic Teaching Fellow supports use of the UMMA collections by instructors, students and visiting scholars. Towards this end, s/he coordinates activities related to physical access to the collections in the Object and Paper Study Rooms, plans for and contributes to digital access to the UMMA collections, and collects and reports statistics and data on use of these systems.

This position also assists the Chief Registrar, who supervises the art handlers, in recruiting, training and managing the schedules of the part-time art handlers, under the supervision of the Manager for Academic Outreach and Teaching. 


The Academic Teaching Fellow will work with faculty and instructors to prepare for class visits to UMMA’s exhibitions and collections and teaching in the exhibition galleries, collections galleries, and study rooms.

Assists the Andrew W. Mellon Manager of Academic Outreach and Teaching to reach out to faculty and instructors and works directly with faculty and instructors to facilitate their use of UMMA collections in teaching and learning in the UMMA Study Rooms and on-line.

Manages access to the collections by faculty, students, UMMA curators and other staff, outside scholars and staff, coordinating with the Collections and Exhibitions department and adhering to prescribed guidelines for appropriate access. Manages the study room schedule with Manager of Academic Outreach and Teaching.

Master user of CollectiveAccess and The UMMA Exchange: trains new staff or research assistants in using CollectiveAccess as requested, including for special projects.

Manages staffing of study rooms by planning for and coordinating with the Chief Registrar on the scheduling of Art Handlers, as well as managing the use of the Object and Print Study Rooms, utilizing computerized scheduling software.

Manages the maintenance and upkeep of the Study Room spaces in close coordination with Collections and Exhibitions department.

Working with the Collections and Exhibitions department, may assist with access to curatorial and artist files, while preserving confidentiality of sensitive records and the security of the files themselves.

Manages the maintenance of the CRC reservation calendar and appointments, including for workspaces and computers in the CRC.

Creates reports about teaching and learning at UMMA and contributes to data collection, reports, grants, or other documents which inform key stakeholders. 

Other duties may include but are not limited to: 

Partnering with the Andrew W. Mellon Manager of Academic Outreach and Teaching and Senior Manager of Museum Technology to ensure integration of CollectiveAccess, UMMA Website and The Exchange. Perform tasks related to improving or supervising others in improving the optimal use of collections by UM faculty and students, K-12 learners and the general public, such as by creating finding aids, portfolios, and demonstration projects in The UMMA Exchange.

Participate in staff work groups or other Museum-wide initiatives as requested.

Assists with the creation of digital or print learning resources, and/or collections research, as time allows, on projects jointly identified by Education and the Collections and Exhibitions department.

Required Qualifications*

A Bachelor’s degree and demonstrated experience and strong ability in teaching appropriate to a university setting.   Must have well-developed attention to detail and organization, strong administrative skills to coordinate and manage multiple projects and meet deadlines, and possess the flexibility and desire to work in a team environment. Should have excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to assess multiple facets of a project and problem solve as needed. Must be able to learn and use digital databases and online resources as well as mastery of word-processing, spreadsheet and other common workplace digital platforms.

Desired Qualifications*

Advanced degree and university or museum teaching is highly desired.  Additionally, since UMMA collaborates and teaches with diverse faculty across all schools and units, we are seeking an applicant with strong curiosity and interest in an adventurous and creative approach to finding relationships between art and other disciplines.

Experience in art-handling a plus, however, UMMA is prepared to train the person selected to both handle art safely and to be highly aware of the behaviour of others around art objects in the study rooms.

Applicants should have the ability to work successfully in a team environment as well as independently. They must be reliable, dependable and able to function in a matrix environment.

Familiarity with and/or experienced with collections management databases as well as word processing, spreadsheet and calendar/communications software packages, and web-based art resources such as ArtSTOR and Art Full Text.

Facility with Excel, Google documents, spreadsheets and producing data visualizations.

Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Museum of Art seeks to transform individual and civic life by promoting the discovery, contemplation, and enjoyment of the art of our world.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.