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Job Summary

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy invites applications for a Lecturer III position in Expository Writing.  
This is a nine month appointment, covering for a faculty member on a year-long leave. This appointment would begin September 1, 2018 and run through May 31, 2019.  This is a full-time, benefits-eligible appointment.

The Ford School is one of the nation’s foremost policy schools, housed at one of the world’s great public universities. We lead research that illuminates public policy challenges and opportunities. We prepare future policy leaders and analysts for dynamic careers in the public and private sectors in the U.S. and around the world. We work with policymakers to inform and improve local, state, national, and international policies. We foster dialogue and understanding about the most pressing policy challenges and opportunities of today. 

The Ford School has earned a reputation for academic rigor and excellence; a strong and growing commitment to diversity; and a collegial, welcoming, and stimulating interdisciplinary community.  We are housed in Joan and Sanford Weill Hall, a celebrated facility in the heart of the University of Michigan’s central campus in Ann Arbor. To learn more about the Ford School’s mission and activities—including our academic programs and research —please visit  


Responsibilities include serving as a tutor to both graduate and undergraduate students on a half-hourly and hourly basis, coaching the writing of policy memos, policy analysis briefs, research papers, and all other assignments. The position also requires teaching small, workshop-based, half-semester courses on professional policy writing to graduate students; conducting policy writing–relevant seminars; assisting Career Services staff in advising students throughout the internship and job application process; and working closely with faculty to evaluate, revise, and improve the writing assignments in graduate and undergraduate courses. 

In addition, the Writing Instructor will handle routine administrative matters and may be asked to serve on Ford School committees and to develop curricula for new seminars and courses on topics related to policy writing.

Required Qualifications*

The candidate must hold a master's-level degree in creative writing, professional writing, or a closely related field. 

Desired Qualifications*

Experience as a writing instructor at the college level is strongly preferred. 
Experience teaching the writing of public policy using materials from the discipline is preferred.

Union Affiliation

This appointment would be governed by the collective bargaining agreement between the University of Michigan and the Lecturers’ Employee Organization.  

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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