Apply to be a Fellow

Emerging Arts Administrators Fellowship  |  Applications due May 31, 2017

2017 Fellows Application Form

The National Council of Arts Administrators offers up to six Emerging Arts Administrators Fellowships for attendees to the annual conference each year. Applicants do not need to be a current administrator. Fellowships are targeted for those early in their academic career or anticipating an administrative appointment. Fellowships cover conference registration fees and a one-year membership. Fellows will be paired with members of NCAA, who will act as mentors for the conference. A post-conference written report on the experience is required. Upon receipt of the report, fellows will be given the opportunity to present at the following NCAA annual conference.

NCAA is a dynamic forum for the introduction and dissemination of ideas and strategies of concern to today’s arts administrator. The Council likewise provides an important platform for networking and professional support among individuals, and thus has the potential to be an important catalyst for the cultivation and development of new administrative professionals. This award is not open for self-nomination and nominators do not need to be NCAA members. NCAA asks that the applicant’s home institution consider subsidizing the candidate’s travel expenses should he/she be offered the fellowship. Acceptance is not contingent on such a subsidy. The criteria for award selection includes appropriateness of the Emerging Fellowship relative to stage of the candidate’s career, quality and clarity of candidate’s statement including  what they intend to achieve as a result of the fellowship. Additionally, how said candidate adds to the diversity of NCAA’s membership in terms of geography, ethnicity, gender, and/or type of institution will be considered.

Some Quotes From Recent Fellows:

"The conference used the wonderful range of venues in Philadelphia to provide a healthy balance of both informative seminars and social events. As a new department chair, I found it helpful having an immediate group of peers and mentors to consult about administrative issues." 
Peter Eudenbach . Associate Professor . Chair, Old Dominion University 

"As an emerging administrator, it is of great value to be paired with an experienced administrator with whom I can discuss strategy and situations as they arise. Beyond the wonderful group of people that make up the membership of NCAA, the conference in Philadelphia brought together insightful talks about important topics that demand critical attention at all levels of education today. The programming was a thoroughly enjoyable mix of cultural explorations, informative talks and discussions, good food, and warm fellowship. I look forward to active participation in this organization for years to come."
Anne Stagg . Associate in Art .  Florida State University

"The NCAA conference stands out as both substantive and an ideal place to meet colleagues from arts institutions across the country. It is big enough to meet new people each year while intimate enough for attendees to deepen connections with people they’ve seen in previous years. The Philadelphia conference had a strong social justice component and the sessions and tours were informative and well considered. I valued the insights and experiences shared by the conference participants and look forward to next year’s conference. Thank you for selecting me as a 2016 NCAA Fellow."
Jeannette (Jen) Guillemin . Director ad interim . School of Visual Arts . College of Fine Arts . Boston University 

"I also want to thank the organizers of the conference itself, the speakers were amazing and the venues we visited thought provoking. We dove right into issue of inclusion and diversity in schools of art and design in ways that felt real, no glossing over hard issues or critical self-reflection about our discipline. I think everyone admitted that they cried, or almost cried, at least once during the conference! At the same time that people were thoughtful and critical, suggestions were made, experienced shared, the people I spoke to all left inspired, with a seed of an idea about what they might do in their home institutions." 
Mariah Doren . Assistant Dean of Curriculum and learning . Parsons School of Design

Attending the conference as a fellow was a much-needed life-ring thrown to me to help with the transition from faculty to administrator. The advice and mentorship provided in the few short days of the conference helped immensely and provided a network of support that I knew I could count on in the coming semesters. Being matched with a faculty mentor was an added bonus that facilitated one-on-one discussion of issues specific to my situation. Finally, it is invaluable to be involved with a broad network of supportive arts administrators with a wealth of experience ready to be shared. I deeply appreciate the opportunity and honor of being a 2016 NCAA fellow. Thank you."
Matthew Albritton . Visual Arts Program Head . NKU School of the Arts

"It was a real pleasure to attend the previous year in Boston and meet so many arts administrators from universities around the country. In that first experience, I felt a warm welcome by my peers and learned a tremendous amount from the speakers and panels. As a NCAA Fellow I felt even more connection to the conference this year. Peers I met last year felt like old friends this time around, especially since I had seen several of them at other conferences in between and have kept in contact with them via email over the year. Providing a platform for making connections of this sort is a vital function of NCAA and has allowed me to learn much from others in administrative roles at institutions across the country."
Troy Richards . Interim Associate Dean of the Arts . University of Delaware