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Interested applicants should submit their CV through the UM Jobs portal ( In addition, you should submit a copy of your course schedule, printed from Wolverine Access, through the UM Jobs portal.  Combine all paperwork into one document to be submitted through the UM Jobs portal.

Course Description

The Residential College at the College of LSA is seeking a Graduate Student Instructor at an estimated 50% appointment to teach a Junior Seminar for the Social Theory and Practice program titled “Knowing Climate Change:  Diverse Environmental Epistemologies for a Warming World”.  To teach this course, the candidate will have to provide curriculum for the course that accomplishes the following goals:


  • Recognizing diverse sources of climate information while examining the role of governments, nonprofits, researchers and private citizens in creating and legitimizing knowledge about our climate.
  • Developing student skills in relation to climate change that include academic reading across disciplines, digital literacy, broadcast planning for radio / podcasts, and science communication.
  • Interacting with community partners both inside and outside the classroom to monitor environmental websites and data repositories with the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI)


Duties include leading discussion and/or lab sections. Other duties include grading assignments, quizzes and final exams. Depending on the type of course a GSI is assigned to teach they may also be required to hold office hours. Duties vary depending on the type of course (i.e. lab versus discussion).

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor's degree in a subject relevant to the course materials; strong communication and organization skills are required.  English proficiency, based on ELI-OET, where applicable.

Desired Qualifications*

Enrollment in a graduate program based in Climate Science and Ice Dynamics. Extensive coursework (both at the undergraduate and graduate levels) in a variety of Social Science disciplines that are complementary to those being discussed in the course.  Previous experience in higher education instruction desired.

Contact Information

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Decision Making Process

This posting will remain open through October 26, 2017.  Decisions will be made based on knowledge, experience, and past teaching record.

Selection Process

Complete applications received by the due date will be reviewed by the hiring committee.

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.