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Course Description

Honors 242: Controversy in Scientific Discovery


Throughout history, scientific advancement unaccompanied by controversy has been rare. From the nature of the carbocation in organic chemistry to the role of humans in global warming, experimental protocols, data interpretation, and intellectual contributions have been the source of significant disagreement among scientists and in the broader community. Here we will examine controversial discoveries in the last 60 years, putting the central findings on trial in the classroom. This will include an evaluation of the scientific ideas as well as a survey of the changing role and nature of scientific discourse from the 1950s to the present day. Further, we will investigate the influence of institutionalized discrimination on the perception of discoveries by both the scientific community and society at large. As part of the Honors Core Curriculum, this course introduces Honors students to the fields, questions, and methodologies of the Natural Sciences. The course will include significant writing, as it satisfies the First-Year Writing requirement.

Responsibilities*

The GSI hired for this position will lead a discussion section of the larger faculty-led lecture course, and will work closely with the faculty member to achieve the teaching and learning outcomes of the course.

Required Qualifications*

Good standing in a Ph.D. program in a relevant department.

Desired Qualifications*

Candidacy in a Ph.D. program in a relevant department; experience teaching introductory science courses at UM or other college or university.

Contact Information

Contact Dr. Lisa Broome at lbroome@umich.edu with questions. Applications are due by May 31, 2018 but all positions may be filled by then.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Honors Program Associate Director who will make a hiring recommendation to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Honors Program Associate Director who will make a hiring recommendation to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

GEO Contract Information

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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.