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Job Summary

The School of Information is a spirited community of scholars and researchers who comprise the foremost educational institution in social engagement information and computing. UMSI offers academic programs at the doctoral, master’s and undergraduate level.

We are seeking a part-time (10 hours a week) skilled instructor for an introductory statistics course within our master’s level curriculum. UMSI master’s students pursue careers as user-experience engineers and Web designers, data analysts and web analytics specialists, information policy analysts, librarians and archivists, entrepreneurs, consultants, records managers, and information architects.

Description of course

SI 544: Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis:  The purpose of this class will be to provide students with a basic understanding of statistics, including the ability to describe various populations and draw inferences about them. It should also sharpen students’ ability to read and interpret data, and judge others' claims about data. The course is useful to a wide variety of students both as preparation for more advanced courses and as a means to professional advancement. Specifically, skills to be developed are: 1. Abilities to characterize population data intuitively for oneself and others. 2. Ability to draw conclusions and novel inferences from population data. 3. Ability to check assumptions of others' claims and debug their putative "facts". 4. Ability to look for correlations while controlling for confounding effects. 5. Overall, the chief objective is to demystify the process of inquiry into what isn't known.  Students are expected to use R in this course.

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Serve as the primary instructor for one course offered within our master’s level curriculum: SI 544, which will be offered during the Fall 2017 semester. Confirm syllabus, prepare and deliver lectures, design and grade assignments and tests, respond to student questions in office hours and via email, and assign final grades.

Required Qualifications*

Master’s degree or higher.  Teaching experience at the college level.  Significant, relevant professional work experience required if candidate does not have a Ph.D.  Effective instructional skills as indicated by course evaluations or other evaluative information. Ability to use R for statistical computing.  Strong organizational and communication skills.

Desired Qualifications*

Earned Ph.D. or degree expected within 12 months in a field related to course content. Graduate level teaching experience. Experience teaching similar courses that involve research design, quantitative data analysis, and data manipulation.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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