Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows

New York, NY
Whitney Museum

We are pleased to announce an exciting update to the Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows Program at the Whitney Museum. In order to better support advanced graduate students pursuing their Ph.D., the Program offers a $500 base pay per month during the entire three-year position in addition to paying Teaching Fellows for the tours, programs, talks or classes they lead. The unpredictability of both academic and museum life during the Covid pandemic has underscored the instability inherent in the lives of many graduate students and the need to provide a source of consistent support. This also allows the students to better take advantage of the educational opportunities offered by the program, while the part time commitment allows graduate students to continue with their coursework or finishing their dissertation during their tenure. 

The Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows Program offers graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in art and art history the unique opportunity to work directly with the Whitney Museum's collection and audiences within a community of academic support. Participants in the program design specialized tours and lecture to museum visitors and public program audiences. Fellows meet for periodic workshops for feedback and support on scholarly work and for training in teaching, communication and presentation skills, career advice, or other topics. More advanced Teaching Fellows also have opportunities to propose additional topical lectures and multi-session courses for special members groups and the public.

This selective program offers an invaluable opportunity for students to develop skills for public speaking without notes, communicating sophisticated ideas in a clear and organized fashion, and finding their own authentic voice. Alumni of the program, who have gone on to a range of prestigious positions in museums and academia, often reference how these skills benefited them throughout their careers. 


Candidates must be graduate students 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. Students specializing in areas covered by the Museum's collection are given special consideration, but this is not a prerequisite for selection. We are seeking diverse perspectives on American Art of the 20th and 21st Century, including Latinx and American indigenous perspectives. We are especially looking for candidates who are able to offer tours in both Spanish and English.


The Teaching Fellows Program is restructured for 2022, offering a base pay of $500 a month to support the learning opportunities of the program, in addition to per tour pay of  $125 per hour for private and specialized tours and $110 for public tours. Fellows also have the potential for further pay for multi-week courses, special programs, membership lectures, and other projects.  

Fellowships are ideally for a period of three years, with a minimum commitment of two years. During this period, Fellows are expected to live in or near New York City and be available for working in person at the museum. We are currently accepting applications for someone to start in the fall of 2022.  

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


EEO Statement

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.             

COVID guidelines

The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority.  As such, the Whitney Museum is requiring all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated and boosted with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you’re new to arts and culture administration, returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or take the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in the arts and culture space and what you hope to bring to this role.





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