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How to Apply

For full consideration, applicant should submit one PDF file no later than 11:59pm 1/31/17 containing:

1.       Cover letter outlining qualifications, specifically listing GSI/TA experience and experience as a teacher of record

2.       Names and email contact information of two professors who can provide a recommendation on your behalf (preferably from classes you have taught); the Department will send a recommendation form for them to complete on your behalf (will be due by 1/31/17)

3.       Current CV indicating PhD completion date

Email the application as a complete PDF file to and indicate “Marsh Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow” in the subject line.

Job Summary

The Department of Communication Studies seeks applicants for a one-academic year position as the “Howard R. Marsh Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow”.

This is a 100% effort academic year position for the period September 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018.  The position requires a 3/3 course load (fall and winter). Teaching may be spread over a combination of lower-level required courses, upper-level elective courses, and a graduate student instructor seminar.  Courses will be assigned in consultation with the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies.   


The Marsh Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow will have access to department research resources and is encouraged to participate in the intellectual life of the department, but the position requires no research.  Selected candidate is expected to attend course meetings, hold office hours and handle routine matters related to instruction. The selected candidate will hold the university official title of LEO Lecturer I.

Required Qualifications*

To be considered, applicants MUST have earned a Ph.D. by the start date of the appointment (9/1/17). Preference will be given to individuals who have earned a doctorate degree in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan within the past two years and who have completed the degree by the start date of the appointment. Preference will also be afforded to those who have a record of balancing teaching and research throughout their graduate career. 

Desired Qualifications*

  • Extensive experience as graduate student instructor (GSI)/teaching assistant (TA) in the Department of Communication Studies is preferred
  • Breadth of experience at the 100, 200, 300 level as well as experience with writing intensive courses
  • A record of excellence as a GSI/TA

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Selection Process

Selection will be made by the end of February 2017. Applicants for the position will be evaluated by the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies, the Department Executive Committee, and the Chair of the Department. 

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.