Gallery Teaching Program

Snite Museum Gallery Teacher

Supervisor: Bridget Hoyt, Curator of Education for Academic Programs

Gallery Teachers are undergraduate students who support both the Museum and select partner departments (Writing and Rhetoric, Romance Languages, and Moreau First Year Experience) by teaching through art when classes visit the Snite Museum. All gallery teachers participate in a gallery teaching practicum, held on Friday afternoons, that explores teaching and learning through works of art. Ideal candidates are confident and outgoing, curious and eager to learn, and committed. Gallery Teacher positions are open to Notre Dame undergraduates from all academic disciplines. No knowledge of art history or experience teaching is assumed.

The commitment ranges from 2-6 hours per week with some weeks heavier than others. Students are paid for all classes taught, time spent in the Practicum, and any work done outside of the Museum to prepare for either. Although this position has a relatively small time commitment, it requires an outsized commitment to the Museum’s teaching mission.

The Gallery Teaching Program is committed to equitable and inclusive practices within the internal cohort structure, in our pedagogical methods in gallery teaching, and in the selection of works of art we teach with. 

Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement lesson plans that support the learning goals of visiting classes
  • Conduct independent research on works in the Museum’s collection to make connections to course content
  • Meet with faculty members, when necessary, to discuss class visits
  • Participate in all sessions of the Gallery Teaching Practicum as an engaged member of the cohort of gallery teachers

Requirements:

  • Demonstrated interest in museums, art, and/or teaching (although no knowledge of art history or experience teaching is assumed)
  • An academic and co-curricular schedule conducive to participation in the program
    • Availability on Friday afternoons from 2:00–4:00 p.m. to participate in the Gallery Teaching Practicum
    • Availability to teach during standard meeting times for classes
  • Demonstrated fluency or near-fluency in a language if applying for a French, Italian, or Spanish gallery teaching position
  • Commitment to the program for a full academic year (with the potential to be renewed for additional academic years)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; timely with correspondence

Experience that will be gained:

  • Familiarity with and experience implementing contemporary museum education pedagogies
  • Deep understanding of select works of art in the Snite Museum’s collection
  • Growth in teaching skills through regular observation and feedback from fellow gallery teachers and supervisor
  • Participation in an intensive, supportive, and committed learning community of gallery teachers

Applications are due by 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 1st. Please contact Bridget Hoyt at hoyt.14@nd.edu with any questions.