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This position is interdependent with posting 141190 to teach, generally, two courses during the academic fall and winter terms. Candidates who do not have a tenure track faculty appointment at the University of Michigan must apply for both positions.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science and the Arts seeks an academic director for its Health Sciences Scholars Program (HSSP). HSSP is an interdisciplinary residential learning community for primarily first and second year undergraduate students interested in exploring the health sciences.  The program offers students shared coursework, experiential learning through job shadowing, interactions with health science school faculty and students, and service opportunities.

In its 15th year, HSSP has provided over 1500 undergraduates the opportunity to explore the health sciences through its curriculum and co-curricular programming, including a two-semester course introducing students to the complex political, social, environmental and biological forces that impact healthcare access, healthcare quality and health, and to the wide range of professions in the health sciences.  This leadership position reports to the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.


The Academic Director provides the intellectual vision for the program, in collaboration with the Director of Student Development and Community and the LSA Dean’s Office.  This position is responsible for curricular planning, development and innovation, and academically focused experiential learning. Regular teaching in the program is integral to the position; teaching one course both Fall and Winter terms is typically expected. Additional periodic teaching may be possible, to be determined in consultation with the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education. (Non-tenure track applicants should see the interrelated Lecturer position).

The Academic Director will expand and sustain active partnerships with the health science schools and with health science faculty in LSA to ensure broad faculty involvement in the academic program. Outreach to other existing and potential campus partners and community organizations is also expected, to provide HSSP students opportunities for engagement with a broad spectrum of health science and health care professionals.

This position works with students, faculty, and staff in providing classroom and experiential education about contemporary health science issues and fields. A strong, collaborative partnership, including open communication and proactive coordination, with the Student Development and Community Director is required to be successful in this position.  Recruitment and retention of a broadly diverse student cohort, program admissions, and creation of an inclusive and equitable living/learning environment are responsibilities this position shares with other HSSP staff. Strategic planning, program evaluation, and alumni relations are additional responsibilities, in consultation with the Director of Student and Community Development.

The Academic Director meets regularly with the HSSP staff and the Director of Student and Community Development to ensure optimal coordination, integration of the academic and residential programming, and support for students in crisis.

The Academic Director position is part-time and includes a 22% effort each fall and winter term for teaching the core first year course. The level of effort for the administrative responsibilities is open to discussion with candidates and their home academic departments. 


Required Qualifications*

  • Terminal degree in health science field or Ph.D. in related field
  • Clinical experience in health care delivery and/or health care research
  • Capability to create and execute curricular and co-curricular programs relevant to program aims
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and student support skills
  • Administrative skills in academic planning and scheduling
  • Commitment to effective partnership between academic and student affairs
  • Strong leadership, team-building, and consultative skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work on teams

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience working with social justice and ethical issues in health care
  • Current faculty appointment in one of the university's health science schools or colleges
  • Demonstrated success in working with and participating in academic programs about the health sciences
  • Ability to develop and oversee program and learning outcomes assessment
  • Experience working with university administrators at a variety of levels
  • Ability to build consensus and to compromise

Work Schedule

Standard hours will vary based on LEO Lecturer and/or Instructional appointment as well as home unit appointment as applicable.

While this position is posted as part-time, please note that the level of effort is open to discussion with candidates and their home academic departments.  HSSP also has a small operational staff to manage the program day to day and to work hands-on with student leaders to ensure an engaged, supportive student community. 

Underfill Statement

This position may be under-filled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Additional Information

Note: This is a three-year term appointment with possibility of renewal.

Review of applications will be done on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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