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How to Apply

Applicants must apply and submit material through the site.  Include as one PDF document:

  1. A cover letter addressing
    • interest and qualifications for the course(s) you wish to teach and
    • the section times you would be available (see below for available sections)
  2. A resume or curriculum vita
  3. Unofficial UM transcript
  4. Previous UM teaching evaluations, as applicable

Course Description

The Philosophy Department is looking to hire GSIs in Winter 2018 for the following positions, based on anticipated staffing needs due to enrollment:

  • 1 GSI to lead two discussion sections for faculty-led lectures in PHIL 101 (Introduction to Philosophy); and
  • Up to 3 GSIs to lead two discussion sections each for faculty-led lectures in PHIL 355 (Contemporary Moral Problems); and
  • 1 GSI to lead two discussion sections for faculty-led lectures in PHIL 366 (Introduction to Political Philosophy). 

Please see full descriptions of the courses in the LSA Course Guide:">



  • Attend all course lectures (101: TTh 9-10 am; 355: M 4-6 pm; 366: TTh 12-1) and exams (TBD)
  • Run two discussion sections, times TBD from already-scheduled list (please see Course Guide)
  • Hold at least 2 hours of office hours each week
  • Grading of assignments per lead faculty instruction
  • Additional items listed in fraction calculation form

Required Qualifications*

  • Currently enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Michigan
  • Available to teach at least two of the scheduled section times for any given course
  • Completed basic courses or have experience in philosophy
  • Speak English or meet the minimum threshold for the Oral English Test at the University of Michigan

Desired Qualifications*

  • Current PhD student in LSA
  • Previous experience teaching courses in philosophy
  • Previous experience as a GSI with favorable student evaluations

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.

Contact Information

Jean McKee, Graduate Coordinator,

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.

Decision Making Process

The instructor of the courses will make the hiring decisions, possibly in consultation with Department Chair.  Decisions will be made on or around December 1, 2017.

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed and decisions made based on knowledge, experience, and past teaching record.

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 and for the University Ombuds at

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.