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Please email a cover letter, CV, and a list of three references as a single PDF file to You may also mail your application materials to Jim Hetrick, Department of Natural Sciences, 114 Academic Support Center, 4901 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn, MI 48128.

Job Summary

The Department of Natural Sciences is seeking applicants for a part-time instructor position to staff one section of ASTR 131, Introductory Astronomy Lab, in the Summer 2017 Half Term Session 2, which begins Wednesday July 5 and ends Friday August 18.  The instructor will have full responsibility for all aspects of this laboratory course, which carries a 50% appointment.  Enrollment of up to 24 students can be expected.  The course has classroom and observing components.  The class is scheduled to meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7:00-9:45 pm, on the UM-Dearborn campus. Observing sessions require dark skies and typically run later in the night.  In the past, one observing session per fortnight has been typical. The ASTR131 course description can be found online in the Undergraduate Course Catalog (; for more information about astronomy at UM-D, see

Required Qualifications*

The applicant must have a Masters or Ph.D. degree in astronomy or a closely related field. Applicants must be proficient in the use of small telescopes – five rooftop-mounted 8-inch reflecting telescopes are used for night-time observations.  Preference will be shown to those with teaching experience at the college level.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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