Research Fellow, American Art – Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College

Job no: 492968
Work type: Staff (Temporary)
Location: Winter Park, FL
Categories: Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Division: Academic Affairs

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Service Months: Starting in January 2020 (12-month period)
Position Summary: The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College has received a multi-year grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to develop, research, digitize and display the American collection. The goal is to fully integrate the collection with both the teaching mission of the museum and with contemporary efforts to refine and widen the definition of American art. This will be accomplished through three interrelated projects:

  • Research and digitization
  • Curricular integration
  • Collection development plan and installation

The American Collection includes ca. 1,600 works dating from the 18th through the 21st centuries, offering a broad representation, with areas of strength in 19th-century landscape, early modernism, and contemporary art. Acquisition priorities in the last five years have prioritized artists of color and women, helping diversify our holdings. Although in the last few years we have made progress in researching and publishing parts of the collection (Art Encounters: Selections from the Cornell Fine Arts Museum was published in early 2019; the contemporary collection is being documented by Art for Rollins, 3 volumes of which have been published to date), there are still significant gaps in research.

The Research Fellow will work with the Bruce A. Beal Director and members of the curatorial team to conduct in-depth and contextual research of the American collection. Twin goals are: to help re-position the collection for a broader audience, with research (including images, provenance, exhibition history, artist biographies, interpretation and bibliography) made available online to better integrate it in cross-disciplinary teaching. One of the deliverables of the project will be discipline- and class-specific portfolios which will facilitate teaching with objects in the collection.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Expertise in American art (ABD or recent Ph.D. preferred) with a preference for a research focus in the 19th or 20th century.
  • Experience teaching at the college level or curatorial experience in a university art museum a plus.
Special Instructions to Applicants: To apply, please submit an application and upload the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Writing Sample (no more than 1000 words)

Screening of applications will begin immediately.

The fellowship is for a 12-month period starting in January 2020; the hourly pay rate is $35.00 plus travel expenses.

The Research Fellowship of American Art at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum is a one-year, non-residential fellowship position. Apart from a few weeks in residence in Winter Park, research can be conducted in any city providing that the fellow has access to major research libraries for American art.

This is a temporary position working less than 1,000 hours/year. There are no benefits associated with this position.

Our Values:


Rollins seeks to foster and to model a campus environment that is welcoming, safe, and inclusive to all of our administrators, faculty, staff, and students. We view differences (e.g. nationality, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, physical ability, learning styles, perspectives, etc.) not as obstacles to be overcome but as rich opportunities for understanding, learning, and growth.

Through its mission, Rollins College is firmly committed to creating a just community that embraces multiculturalism; persons from historically under-represented minority groups are therefore encouraged to apply. Rollins does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, age, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical characteristics, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law, in its educational programs and activities.

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