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Job Summary

The Residential College Semester in Detroit Program is seeking to hire a part time Intermittent Lecturer to teach one course on Detroit: Then and Now, for the Spring 2018 semester.  This position will be a 66.67% position for teaching one three credit course in the spring semester.

Course Description

This course will explore the history of Detroit and the southeast Michigan region during the twentieth century.  It will track important social, economic, and political transformations in the city’s history: the persistence and impact of racial and ethnic conflicts; the ways in which class conflicts have shaped the urban landscape and the workplace; the impact of immigration on Detroit’s social and political development; the interplay between the auto industry and the urban environment; the on-going struggles over political power and for control of the city; and the changing ways the city is represented, both among its citizens and in the broader American consciousness.  The course will investigate into Detroit history, designed to clarify how the city’s past has created the conditions and circumstances of the present.  Thus, while the course is organized chronologically and will include an overview of industrial expansion in the early 20th Century, the emphasis will be on the period during and after World War II, when Detroit, like many other American cities, underwent a series of interlocking changes in social structure and political economy that have had a continuing impact on contemporary problems and possibilities.  


The candidate will provide instruction for a class of approximately six to twelve undergraduates in an interdisciplinary liberal arts program. Additional duties include participation in college- and program-wide activities, including attending student exhibitions and program meetings.  The instructor will provide written evaluations for Residential College students enrolled in the course.

Required Qualifications*

Minimum: PhD in History or a related field.  Previous teaching experience is required.

Desired Qualifications*

The successful candidate will demonstrate expertise and background in the history of Detroit through the 20th and 21st Century.  An expert in Detroit history must also be demonstrated.  Establishing a practice of social justice appropriate to the years in the field of the candidate is expected.

Work Locations

Please note that this course will be taught at the Detroit Center (3663 Woodward Ave., Suite 150, Detroit, MI  48201) through the Semester in Detroit program.

Additional Information

66.67% appointment in Spring 2018

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.

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.

Selection Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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