Ackland Digital Content Fellowship
Term: AY 2021-22
Eligibility: Doctoral students in humanities and humanistic social sciences enrolled in a degree program in one of sixteen departments in the College of Arts & Sciences*
Application Due: Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Supervisor: Carolyn Allmendinger, Director of Education and Interpretation
The Ackland Art Museum is UNC-Chapel Hill’s local museum with a global outlook. Our location and programs bridge campus and community. We’re free, open, and accessible to all. We empower you to get close to art – the familiar, the unexpected, the challenging – and connect with the complexity and beauty of the wider world. We provide experiences that spark insight into ourselves, each other, and the world.
Our mission is the art of understanding.
Our invitation to you is to “look close, think far.”
The Ackland is one of the campus units that reports to the Vice Provost for Academic and Community Engagement.
The Fellowship Project
The 2021-2022 Ackland Digital Content Fellow will work in the Museum’s Education and Interpretation Department, whose audiences include University faculty, staff, and students, K-12 teachers and students, and community members and organizations. We offer our audiences a range of programs and resources to help them engage with the Museum’s diverse collections and special exhibitions. Learners of all ages can find opportunities to research, enjoy, and be provoked and inspired by art from around the globe.
The Ackland Digital Content Fellow will focus on video resources, including editing recordings of live public programs for use as learning resources and designing and creating new video content, adapting these resources for use by varied audiences in multiple contexts, including class assignments for University and K-12 students and individual study by web and gallery visitors of all ages and different levels of familiarity with art. Video resources will be informed by the Ackland’s guiding principles for our education and interpretation programs: we encourage people to look closely at works of art and employ varied approaches suited to visitors of varied ages and motivations; we help visitors understand more about artists’ materials and techniques; we encourage multiple perspectives; and we encourage visitors to respond in creative and thoughtful ways.
The Fellow will work closely with the Ackland’s education and interpretation staff, including the Learning Resources Coordinator, Head of Public Programs, Head of K-12 and Community Programs, and Head of Academic Programs and University Projects.
*Due to COVID, in-person experience may be limited and safety measures will be taken into account when designing fellowship activities and goals.
Applicants must submit a cover letter explaining their academic background and professional qualifications, as well as their goals for professional development through this fellowship; a C.V.; and a letter of support from an advisor in their department or their Director of Graduate Studies. The completed application should be submitted to the HPG website no later than the end of the day on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.
Queries which are not answered in the FAQ may be directed to Ashley Melzer, HPG Initiative Director. Open interest meetings (at this link) will be held on Tuesday, August 24 at 4pm, Friday, August 27 at 12pm, and Wednesday, September 1 at 5pm. Email the director to setup a different time or ask a question.
*Eligible graduate programs will be affiliated with American Studies; Anthropology; Art & Art History; Classics; Communication; Dramatic Art; English & Comparative Literature; Geography; Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures; History; Linguistics; Music; Philosophy; Religious Studies; Romance Studies; and Women & Gender Studies. Graduate students within the College of Arts & Sciences who are not affiliated with one of these programs, but are pursuing a course of study which makes significant use of humanities methods or content, may write to Ashley Melzer to petition for eligibility. Graduate students in programs outside of the College of Arts & Sciences are not eligible.