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How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit their CV through the UM Jobs portal ( In addition, please include a cover letter as the first page of the CV addressing your specific interest in the position to Professor Deborah Goldberg, Faculty Co-Director, M-STEM Academies, 2003 Kraus Natural Science Building, 830 N. University, Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1048.

Course Description

The University Courses Division in Undergraduate Education at the College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts is seeking to hire three (3) Graduate Student Instructors at an estimated 75% appointment to teach one of three lab sections for University Course 170, Special Topics, “Case studies in Interdisciplinary Science,” during Summer half - term 2017 (July 1, 2017 -August 31, 2017). This class is intended only for incoming freshman who are part of the M-Sci Academy summer transition program.  The labs will focus on introductory physics, chemistry, biology, and statistics, relevant to understanding   environmental problems in Lake Erie, as well as student research projects.


Estimated effort is 75%. Primary instructor for a lab section of up to 24 enrolled students each of an interdisciplinary course designed to introduce students transitioning from high school to college to a range of science and math topics and how these can work together to understand a single system.   Duties include working with the course coordinator and with visiting researchers to implement computer, lab and field activities on a wide range of topics, including water chemistry, microbiology, GIS analysis, ecology, and water current modeling; assigning and grading homework assignments, creating and grading regular quizzes and exams; holding office hours; responding to student questions and concern;, and collaborating with an undergraduate academic facilitator to help with grading and working with students to learn the material.  

Required Qualifications*

Graduate student in good standing in any science field ; preference will be given to graduate students who have previously taught introductory courses in any of the natural science departments at UM. 

Desired Qualifications*

Outstanding teaching evaluations and faculty recommendations and a commitment to equity and inclusion in the classroom.

Contact Information

For information beyond what is included here, please contact Professor Deborah Goldberg, Faculty Co-Director, M-STEM Academies,, 734-763-1732.

Decision Making Process

This posting will remain open through March 1, 2017.  Applications will be reviewed and the position will be assigned by the Instructor and the Faculty Co-Director, M-STEM Academies, Professor Deborah Goldberg. Considerations include academic qualifications, prior teaching experience, and faculty member’s stated teaching preference.

Selection Process

Complete applications received by the due date will be reviewed by the hiring committee. 

GEO Contract Information

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This position, as posted, is subject to a collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees' Organization, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO 3550.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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