Mellon Post-MFA Fellowship in Studio Art

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 24, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Mellon Post-MFA Fellowship in Studio Art

The Art Department at Williams College invites applications for a two-year Mellon Post-MFA fellowship in Studio Art with a focus on Craft and Material Studies, beginning July 1, 2021. We welcome applicants from candidates who have completed their MFA within the last five years in addition to those who will have their MFA in hand by the start date of the appointment.

The successful candidate will be appointed full-time for a term of two years and will have a teaching load of one course each semester. The salary for this position is $55,000 per year. The fellow will also be provided with full benefits including health and dental insurance, a studio, plus an allowance of $3,000 per year for research and professional travel. Information about the Williams Art Department can be found at .


We seek an individual with a rich understanding of material practices in fields including, but not limited to fiber, wood, stone, metal, clay, and glass. An expansive practice that includes decolonial and indigenous perspectives on tradition, craft, and aesthetics is encouraged. Likewise, a successful candidate will further ways of thinking about connections between art-making and sustainability, and how these elements intersect with geography, people, tradition, dignity, availability of material and labor, culture, and the importance of the handmade. The ability to help foster dialogue between art historians, artists, and students through these elements towards creating broader understandings of materiality and its place in history is a bonus.

We especially welcome applications from groups traditionally underrepresented in the academy. Williams is an institution that places a high value on undergraduate teaching; consequently, we strongly prefer applicants who can demonstrate a capacity for excellent teaching and a commitment to working effectively with a student population that is broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religious views, socioeconomic status, and more.

Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted via lnterfolio at and should include the following:

  • A cover letter that includes the specifics of your interest in this position, information about your teaching philosophy, and how you would enhance educational experiences and work effectively with a student population that is broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. (limit 2.5 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Brief descriptions of two proposed courses that include how you would address sustainable practices within the classroom. (limit 1 page)
  • A portfolio consisting of no more than 15 images and or media samples with brief descriptions inserted below each image. The images should have a resolution of 72 dpi and a maximum measurement of 1024px on the longest side. Before uploading your images into Interfolio, please organize them and include descriptions in PowerPoint, Keynote or Google slides and export the portfolio into a PDF file that is not more than 100 MB. This PDF file may then be uploaded into Interfolio. Before submitting, please review the images for consistency of image size and legibility. (Each file size must be under 10MB.) To include video and audio files use YouTube and Vimeo links, please limit videos to under three minutes in duration.
  • The names and contact information for three references. Only finalists will be asked to provide written recommendations at a later date.

Please send the requested information only. Extra materials will not be considered. All materials should be addressed to Amy Podmore, Chair of the Mellon Search, and must be submitted through Interfolio, following this link . Fax and email applications will not be accepted. Inquiries should be sent to Amy Podmore at [email protected] .

Position begins

July 1, 2021

Application deadline

Completed applications submitted by March 30, 2021, will receive full consideration. All offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a background check.

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Williams is a coeducational liberal arts college located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. The college has built its reputation on the teaching and scholarship of its faculty and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2000 students. Please visit the Williams website ( ).

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.