Subject Matter Expert - Graduate Curriculum [Contractor, Remote]

Curriculum · Osage, Iowa
Department Curriculum
Employment Type Contractor
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation Compensation is commensurate with education and experience.

Subject Matter Expert - Graduate Curriculum | The Profession | 

The Art of Education University is seeking exceptional educators to develop and write content for courses within our graduate program. Subject Matter Experts are selected based on subject matter knowledge, writing ability, and experience in the field. SMEs must be able to look critically at the needs of the course and scaffold material while keeping in mind the principles of andragogy. Subject Matter Experts must have K-12 art experience or studio art experience, strong writing and communication skills, technology proficiency, enthusiasm and knowledge of trends and best practices in art education, and the ability to adhere to strict deadlines. We review applications on a rolling basis. If we have an opportunity that we feel you are a good fit for, we will reach out. [Project Based, Contracted, Remote] 

Curriculum Department | What We Believe | 


We develop a relevant, rigorous, and engaging curriculum that is directly applicable to art teachers everywhere.


We believe that great learning is...

  • Relevant, flowing naturally from pedagogy to classroom application.
  • Engaging and inspiring, blending curiosity and fun.
  • Creative and exists through personal reflection and practical application opportunities.
  • Rigorous, substantive, and void of busy work.
  • Personalized, creating a pathway from learning to everyday life.
  • Taking place within a community, in a continuous fashion, over a lifetime.

The Art of Education University | Who We Are | 


Our mission is simple, driven, and inspiring: We grow amazing art teachers by providing rigorous, relevant, and engaging professional development at every stage of their career.


AOEU is an innovative and fast-growing institution of higher education serving art teachers around the world. In 2019, we became the first homegrown graduate university in the state of Iowa in 50 years and the world’s first “university for life,” serving art educators throughout an entire lifetime of learning.

The Art of Education University serves tens of thousands of students, readers, and customers around the U.S. and in over 40 countries. Our Magazine is read more than 800,000 times each month, our events are attended by over 4,000 art educators annually, and we serve over 2,000 graduate students each year. 


Our culture is at the heart of our success as an institution.  We approach each day with our pillars as guiding principles: 

  • Abundance Mentality
  • Adult Culture
  • Communication
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Ownership
  • Pace and Change
  • Pro-Business
  • Truth-Seeking
  • Whole Person 

We believe that your success is our success.  You will always know where you stand and will be challenged to continuously grow and stretch yourself. 


The Details | Subject Matter Expert | 

Essential Functions

  • Scaffold course content utilizing a backward design process
  • Develop formative and summative assessments
  • Develop interactive discussion board prompts that tie to course objectives and relevant reading and research
  • Create necessary course documents 
  • Collaborate with Learning Experience designer to make sure rigor and relevance of course meet AOEU needs
  • Maintains timely and effective communication with Learning Experience Designer
  • Maintains project deadlines


  • Attends required training and meetings

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Must be comfortable in a technology-focused environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and highly organized 
  • Must be able to prioritize work in order to meet task deadlines
  • Proficient with technology including word-processing and Google Docs
  • Ability to learn quickly and receive constructive feedback on project development
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision as well as a member of a team
  • Must have excellent customer service skills
  • Dependable, flexible, and comfortable in a virtual working environment
  • Able to thrive in a positive, team-oriented manner with a variety of people
  • Able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions in order to refine and improve content development

Work Environment

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The duties of this position are typical of those performed in a home office setting with normal ranges of temperature.  The majority of tasks will be performed while sitting at a desk.


  • Position requires considerable concentration and focus throughout the day.
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift items such as laptops, monitors, and the like.
  • When traveling: 
    • The ability to lift or push your suitcase.
    • Ability to carry/lift up to 25-50 lbs of presentation materials for customers or for conference presentations, etc.


  • Ability to view computer screens for significant periods of time.  The Art of Education University is an online university.  Therefore 95-98% of one’s time will be on or using technology.
  • Ability to use a laptop keyboard with accuracy.
  • Ability to hear at normal levels and through electronic devices such as laptops, earbuds, phones, and the like.

Position Requirements


  • Master Degree in Art or Education or commensurate experience as a professional artist. 


  • 2- 4 years related experience
  • Experience with D2L’s Brightspace or other LMS systems as a means of content delivery preferred
  • Curriculum development experience preferred


  • Secure and reliable access to the Internet with the capability to support audio and video calls required



Structured as a part-time, contract position.  Compensation is commensurate with education and experience.  Payment is issued on the 15th of the month after the project has been completed. This contract is estimated at 5-10 hours per week.


Applicants residing in Colorado, Connecticut, Nevada, and New York, may reach out to our Team & Culture Coordinator, Lauren Guilfoyle ( for compensation information as it relates to pay transparency laws. 



Individuals interested in applying for the position of Subject Matter Expert role need to complete the application form which includes submitting a work sample. The work sample prompt that will be provided in the application is as follows:

  1. Utilize the Magazine & Media section of or an outside source to select a topic and find 1-3 resources. 
  2. Develop a “week” of content based on your chosen topic. Content must include: 
    1. A weekly objective or learning target
    2. Discussion Board Prompt
    3. Assignment or formative assessment that ties to the topic
    4. List of resources with links to the original article or document.
  1.   Submit your work sample as a PDF or Google Doc (make sure permission are       

            set to “anyone with a link”)

Candidates are selected on a project by project basis based on experience, writing ability, and subject area qualifications.

Finalists will participate in an interview with the Lead Learning Experience Designer.

All applicants and candidates will be notified of the status of their application for the position.


  • Subject Matter Expert is ongoing and we review applications on a rolling basis. If we have an opportunity that we feel you are a good fit for, we will reach out.

    How to Apply | This Is Me | 


The Art of Education University is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. The Art of Education University will not discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of actual or perceived age, race, color, national origin/ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related conditions), physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed service member status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws. The Art of Education University is a participant of E-Verify.

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    Osage, Iowa
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    Compensation is commensurate with education and experience.