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How to Apply

All applicants should send an email to poliscigsi@umich.edu with the following information:

Name

UMID

Umich Email Address

Program of Study (including name of the school or college, program name and/or level of study)

Previous Experience (Please provide a summary of any teaching experience you may have)

Cover letter outlining your qualifications and interest in our GSI position

Current CV

If you have been a GSI for a department other than Political Science, please attach copies of your teaching evaluation summaries

Please indicate your permission for the Department of Political Science to view a copy of your UM transcript for hiring purposes.

Please also ask that a letter of reference be emailed polscigsi@umich.edu that speaks to your experience as a teacher and/or your potential as an instructor for this course.

All applications are due no later than July 26, 2017.

Course Description

The Department of Political Science is currently seeking applications for the position of Graduate Student Instructor for POLSCI 340 - "Government and Politics in Western Europe" for the Fall 2017 semester. This position 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.

The POLISCI 340 class is a course in comparative politics of advanced industrialized (western European) countries. The course uses elementary game-theory to investigate post-world-war II Western European politics: social and political forces, and political institutions. Particular emphasis is given to the study of four W. European countries: The United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Germany. Current developments and comparisons with the United States will be considered in the context of the course. The approach is rational choice institutionalism, where the different actors are behaving optimally given the prevailing institutions. Knowledge of as many areas as possible from comparative politics, institutional analysis, game theory are necessary for this position. 

The lecture for this course meets Monday and Wednesday 10-11:30 AM.  Discussion sections meet on Wednesdays 12-1, 1-2, and 2-3 PM. 

Responsibilities*

This is a 50% GSI position with an average weekly work expectation fo 20 hours per week throughout the Fall 2017 term. The GSI selected for this class is expected to provide general pedagogical support for the course which includes (but is not limited to) attending the lecture, teaching discussion sections, grading and commenting on papers and exams, and meeting with enrolled students during office hours. The GSI will also be required to have regular meetings with the course faculty member to discuss lesson plans.

Required Qualifications*

All applicants must be graduate students at the University of Michigan.

Desired Qualifications*

The most successful applicants will have completed a graduate course in political science, previous experience as a GSI with favorable student evaluations, and/or previous experience teaching in political science. Knowledge of as many areas as possible from comparative politics, institutional analysis, game theory are necessary for this position.

Contact Information

All applicants are welcome to request the status of their application at any time by contacting Nicole Rutherford, Academic Program Manager, at nicolmba@umich.edu.

Decision Making Process

All employment decisions will be made by the director of graduate studies in the Department of Political Science.  Doctoral students in Political Science will be given first priority for available positions. In the event that positions remain open after all eligible and qualified Political Science doctoral students have been hired, then the Department will move to any existing pool of external applicants. GSIs from outside the department will be selected based on the quality of their past teaching experience, the strength of their references, and also on how well their past coursework and teaching experiences have prepared them to teach the course topic of any open positions.

Selection Process

Applicants can expect to hear about initial decisions on or around August 4. All applicants are welcome to request the status of their application at any time by contacting Nicole Rutherford, Academic Program Manager, at nicolmba@umich.edu. While we do our best to maintain original placements, sometimes the need arises to move GSIs from one assigned course to another. Assignments may change up to the first day of classes.

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.

Information for the Office of Institutional Equity may be found at hr.umich.edu/oie/contact.html and for the University Ombuds at www.umich.edu/~ombuds/.

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.