Recruiting the Ford W. Bell Fellow for Museums & P-12 Education

Deadline is Monday, March 14, 2016

Do you believe museums can change the world? Do you want to make learning in the US more equitable, enriching and effective? If so, you may be just the person the Alliance is looking for.

We live in a fractured landscape in which education is unequally distributed. Many children languish in schools that have dropped “amenities” such as arts education, physical activities and enriched resources to focus on the test. The education gap is widening as enriched resources such as one-on-one mentoring, arts education and project-based learning are accessible to only a small fraction of our youth.

The American Alliance of Museum envisions a brighter educational future—a vibrant landscape of learning in which every child has a personal learning plan that draws on resources throughout the community and on the web. And museums are an important part of that landscape, offering the kind of self-directed, passion-based, immersive, project-based learning that is so critical for 21st century education.

As the Ford W. Bell Fellow for Museums & P-12 Education you will help build the next era of learning—one in which museums play a starring role—by spending two years working with museums, educators, schools, futurists and learners to:

  1. Spread the Word (compiling and sharing information needed to guide planning and decision making by museums, educators and learners)
  2. Disrupt Conventional Dialogue (promoting ideas that disrupt conventional thinking about education and expanding our conception of the educational landscape)
  3. Create Systemic Change (instigating innovative experiments that could increase the role museums play in education


Read the position description

Enter the CFM Future Fiction Education Challenge (entering the challenge is part of the application process: this is a chance for you to demonstrate your passion, imagination, and communication skills).

Apply by sending a cover letter and resume to hr@aam-us.org with the subject line Ford Fellow Application.

  • Be sure to include the title of your Future Fiction Challenge entry in your cover letter so we can match it to your application.