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Humanities Instructor Positions

Information for Prospective Instructors

CTY Online Programs seeks part-time instructors to work from home. Please read the general information on this page, and click the Current Job Openings link for available positions.

A Brief History

The Online Programs Humanities group was formerly the Expository Writing Tutorial (EWT) and Young Students Writing Tutorial (YWT). The EWT began in 1983 with assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The YWT began 10 years later to serve students younger than 7th-grade age.

In 1997, we merged the programs as part of Online Programs. More recently, with the introduction of Language Arts (Grammar Matters, Art Meets Science, Young Readers' Series, Young Adult Readers' Series critical reading courses), Visual Communication and Visual Literacy, and Music, the Writing Program has begun growing into a Humanities Program. More than 44,000 students worldwide have taken part in this unique experience.

How the Courses Work

For Writing courses, instructors comment on students' writing, noting what works and what needs work, mixing praise with constructive criticism. Students apply these extensive comments to subsequent assignments. Students and instructors also carry on a meta-cognitive conversation about writing and the experience of writing. The work is done in three formats: email, web-based, and flexi-paced. Frequency of contact varies from about bi-weekly (email) to daily (web-based) to extended periods of silence (flexi-paced).

In Grammar courses, the focus of Building Blocks and From Structure to Style is on meta-cognitive discussions regarding how grammar affects writing. Since some assignments require substantive grammatical changes that may not improve the prose, the quality of the writing is less important than the quality of the thinking about writing. Both courses contain 5 lessons, requiring 5 instructor responses. All courses are web-based format with frequent contact (no less than every other day).

For the Critical Reading courses, discussion of the readings is the primary focus. Instructors act as guides on the side. Students produce short creative writing assignments for each lesson. The Art Meets Science Series contains 5 lessons requiring 5 instructor responses. All courses are web-based with frequent contact (no less than every other day).

Students do not receive grades unless especially requested by parents or schools. Instead, instructors write a one-page evaluation of each student's progress at the end of the course.

Term lengths for students:

  • Writing Series -- 20 weeks (academic year), 12 weeks (early summer session), 16 weeks (Intensive Midsummer), up to 9 months (flexi-paced).
  • Language Arts -- 10 weeks (academic year), 12 weeks (early summer session), and 5 weeks (Intensive Midsummer).
  • AP Language and Composition -- 30 weeks (full academic year) and 12 weeks (intensive spring and summer session).

Time Commitment

The instructor's time commitment varies with experience and course format. Only those able to consistently commit time will be considered.

  • Email -- Writing Series Only
    Typically, each student requires 80 minutes per assignment every 10 to 14 days (academic year), every week (early summer), or per assignment (flexi-paced). (See also Intensive Midsummer Session).
  • Web-based -- Writing, Reading, Grammar
    SubjectTotal Hours Per StudentTime Per Student Per Week - Academic YearTime Per Student Per Week - Early SummerTime Per Student Per Week - Intensive Midsummer
    Writing1236 minutes (20 weeks)80 minutes (10 weeks)2 hours (6 weeks)
    Building Blocks (Grammar)745 minutes (10 weeks)45 minutes (10 weeks)75 minutes (5 weeks)
    Art Meets Science (Critical Reading)530 minutes (10 weeks)30 minutes (10 weeks)1 hour (5 weeks)
    From Structure to Style (Grammar)101 hour (10 weeks)1 hour (10 weeks)2 hours (5 weeks)

    Instructors in this format are not responsible for creating lessons: these are provided.

  • Special circumstances
    Our Intensive Midsummer Session is particularly demanding. This is also when many new hires work.
    Our Flexi-Paced courses start on a set date, but students develop with their instructor a schedule to complete the course within the next nine months. The schedule can be as short as 10 weeks (needs permission from program manager) or as long as all nine months.

Employment Process

We hire the majority of our instructors during late spring, and those instructors typically work during our summer sessions. To be included in the first round of consideration, it is best to get your complete application to us by March 1. We occasionally hire at other times and will keep all applications on file in case other hiring needs arise. You will be notified of a decision on a rolling basis. A criminal background check is part of our employment process.


We begin reviewing new applications.

March - MayWe conduct telephone interviews for new applicants, review incoming applications, and continue to recruit as needed.
May-FebruaryBecause our staff comes from such an outstanding pool, occasionally positions become available as people receive fellowships or full-time employment. Consequently, the hiring process continues throughout the year. Applications are kept on file for a minimum of one year and are reviewed as openings arise.

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