Instructional designer needed (part-time)

Smarthistory is searching for an instructional designer for a grant-supported project to create learning content (quizzes, discussion questions, lesson plans, and content summaries) for Seeing America, an ambitious, ground-breaking initiative to develop a free, comprehensive, multimedia learning resource developed and distributed by Smarthistory together with a consortium of leading museums.

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. (ABD will be considered) in art history or a related field and have extensive teaching experience (ideally in the area of American art history). Candidates will have experience with instructional technology and online publishing using content management systems such as WordPress. Experience with online teaching is a plus.

He/she will work closely with Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker on a range of activities including developing quizzes, discussion questions, lesson plans, and content summaries aimed at high school and college-level students studying American art history and American history and will be required to attend a one-day convening at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (travel costs will be covered).

The instructional designer will work as an independent contractor and can be remote, although residence in the New York City area is a plus. Hours are flexible. The instructional designer will be paid at a rate of $50 per hour. We expect the instructional designer to work approximately 200 hours between September and the end of January (with the most of the work falling in December 2017 and January 2018). This work may be extended.

Applications must include the following material:

  1. a cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the position and experience relevant to instructional design
  2. a current curriculum vitae including education, employment, honors, publications, and courses taught
  3. a copy of a published paper or writing sample
  4. names and contact information for three references


Cite this page as: Smarthistory, "Instructional designer needed (part-time)," in Smarthistory, July 31, 2017, accessed January 17, 2019,