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Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and writing sample as a single PDF document through the UM Jobs portal by April 15, 2017.

Course Description

The English Language Institute (ELI) of the University of Michigan is seeking a Graduate Student Instructor at a 35% appointment to serve as a Consultant in ELI’s Graduate Writing Clinic for both Fall and Winter of the 2017-2018 academic year, with possibility of a 15% Spring 2018 half-term appointment.  Reappointment for multiple year-long appointments are available for consultants with satisfactory job performance. Writing Clinic Consultants offers international graduate students and visiting scholars at the University of Michigan support in developing their written work such as research papers, dissertation chapters, and journal articles. This support is provided in the form of individual appointments that are scheduled through an online sign-up system. Writing Clinic Consultants’ hours are determined by the instructional fraction according to the GEO contract guidelines. This position may qualifies for a tuition waiver.


A Writing Clinic Consultant on a 35% appointment is on-site at the ELI for a minimum of 16 hours per week one-on-one with international graduate students throughout the Fall and Winter terms to discuss their writing. The purpose of these sessions is not to provide copy-editing, but to work on organization, flow of ideas, and other macro writing issues, and to help participants identify and learn to self-correct their own language issues. Writing Clinic Consultants are expected to use non-directive techniques to help writers achieve their own goals, suggest writing strategies, diagnose writing problems, review misunderstood or missing information, and listen, with the goal of helping participants gain a perspective on their writing and how to improve it. Consultants are expected to use un-booked Clinic time for walk-in appointments, to assist with program maintenance duties, and to engage in professional development activities.

Writing Clinic Consultants submit a weekly appointment schedule agreed upon in consultation with the ELI Director for posting on the online sign-up system, to be adjusted as necessary to meet student demand. Consultants are also responsible for maintaining an ongoing, accurate attendance record of Clinic appointments, and for completing a Client Report form after each session. Newly-hired Consultants participate in several pre-service training/orientation meetings and ongoing mentoring and feedback sessions with senior ELI writing faculty. Consultants are also expected to attend ELI faculty meetings which do not conflict with other academic or professional obligations, and they are encouraged to otherwise participate in life of the department as their schedules permit.

Required Qualifications*

Candidates must be currently enrolled in a University of Michigan graduate program. Excellent oral and written communication skills, familiarity with the conventions of academic writing across disciplines, and an ability to work independently are also required.

Desired Qualifications*

Preferred qualifications include: 1. Prior experience teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language at the university/graduate level; 2. Prior experience working with the writing of graduate students, particularly international students, in an academic context; 3. An advanced degree in Applied Linguistics, TESOL, Composition/Rhetoric or related field.

Additional Information

The English Language Institute was established in 1941 as the first university-based English language research and teaching program of its kind in the United States. The ELI is an independent unit of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts which provides language, academic, and intercultural support to members of the University of Michigan community.

The core of ELI’s offerings consists of a full range of credit-bearing English for Academic Purposes courses for international graduate students. We also offer a comprehensive program of language and pedagogy courses for prospective and current graduate student instructors (GSIs), ESL/EFL teacher education courses for undergraduates interested in teaching English in local communities or abroad, and full-time summer intensive programs for students who have been accepted into degree programs at the University of Michigan or other US institutions of higher education.

Additional ELI support services include writing and speaking clinics which provide international graduate students and GSIs with one-on-one language and academic support; courses for visiting scholars, researchers, faculty, staff, and post-docs; and a volunteer Conversation Circles program which provides opportunities for international students to practice speaking English in an informal setting and for domestic U-M students to learn about other cultures.

Contact Information

For any questions about the position, please contact: Angelo Pitillo, Director, English Language Institute,

Decision Making Process

All applications will be reviewed by the ELI Director and Writing Clinic Faculty Mentor, who will select finalists for interviews. Hiring decisions are made by the ELI Director. Anticipated Decision Making Date: May 31, 2017.

Selection Process

Selection criteria include teaching experience and other training or experience relevant to the work of the ELI Graduate Writing Clinic. Estimated date for offers to be extended: May 31, 2017. Applicants may request the status of their application from the program at any time.

GEO Contract Information

The University will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, familial status, parental status or pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, height, weight, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, HIV antibody status, political belief, membership in any social or political organization, participation in a grievance or complaint whether formal or informal, or any other factor where the item in question will not interfere with job performance and where the employee is otherwise qualified. The University of Michigan agrees to abide by the protections afforded employees with disabilities as outlined in the rules and regulations which implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions. In the event that an Employee does not receive his or her preferred assignment, he or she can request a written explanation or an in-person interview with the hiring agents(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.

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.