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How to Apply

  1. Interested applicants should submit their CV through the UM Jobs portal at In addition, please include a cover letter as the first page of the CV addressing your specific interest in the position.  Please address your cover letter Professor Lisa Disch, Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science.
  2. Applicants MUST also identify courses that they prefer to teach, and rank these preferences by completing this online form.  Applications without ranked preferences will not be considered.

Indicating a preference to teach a course does NOT guarantee that you will be assigned to teach that course. Also by indicating a course as a preference, you are also indicating that you are available to teach all sections of that course, and attend all lectures if necessary.

Course Description

GSI positions are available for the following courses. Full course descriptions and schedules for the following courses (including sections) can be found on the LSA Course Guide.

Regular GSIs

All positions are full, or .50, appointments unless otherwise specified. Instructor name is listed next to course title.

PS 101 - Intro to Political Theory (Disch) - .50 and .60 positions available

PS 111 - Intro to American Politics (Mickey) - .50 and .60 positions available

PS 140 - Intro to Comparative Politics (Gallagher) - .50 and .60 positions available

PS 160 - Intro to World Politics (Morrow) - .50 and .60 positions available

PS 300 - Quantitative Empirical Methods of Political Science (Franzese)

PS 319 - Politics of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights (Brandwein) - .35 and .50 positions available

PS 320 - American Chief Executive (Lowande)

PS 329 - Mass Media and Political Behavior (Valentino)

PS 353 - Arab-Israeli Conflict (Tessler)

PS 355 - Democracy and Development in Africa (Pitcher) - .35 position

PS 368 - Modern Warfare (Zhukov)

PS 369 - Politics of International Economic Relations (Osgood) - .35 and .50 positions available

PS 389 - Topics: "The Latino Vote" (Ostfeld) - .35 position

PS 391 - Intro to Modelling in Political Science (Page)

PS 514 - Social Science Computer Programs

PS 598 - Mathematics for Political Scientists (Osgood) - this is a .60 position

PS 599 - Statistical Methods in Political Research (Shiraito) - this is a .60 position

Courses that meet LSA Upper Level Writing Requirement (ULWR)*

PS 326 - American State Government (Bednar)

PS 381 - Political Science Research Design (Burns)

PS 389 - Topics: "The Supreme Court and Constitutional Law" (Chen)

PS 407 - Marxism and 20th-Century Radicalism (Tyler)

*These assignments require concurrent enrollment in a 1-credit hour course during the Fall 2018 term.


Each of the following are .25% appointments.

PS 317 - Constitutional Law: Cases and Controversies (Adside)

PS 354 - Government and Politics in Southeast Asia (Hicken)

PS 372 - International Security Affairs (Joshi)

PS 389 - Topics: "Interest Groups" (Hicken)

PS 389 - Topics: "Campaigns and Elections" (Rivers)

PS 389 - Topics: "International Legal Theory" (Winkler)

PS 486 - Public Opinion, Political Participation, and Pressure Groups (Hutchings)


GSI Positions for Sectioned Courses

GSIs selected for the classes listed above are expected to provide general pedagogical support for the course, which may include, but is not limited to: attending lecture, teaching discussion sections, grading and commenting on papers and exams, and meeting with enrolled students during office hours.  The number of sections a GSI with a full appointment (a 0.5 position) will be asked to teach depends on the structure of a course. Most appointments for undergraduate courses include two or three hour-long sections of 20-25 students per week in a full 0.5 appointment.

*GSI Positions for Upper-Level Writing Requirement Courses
Some courses in the department meet as lectures, without discussion sections, but have a GSI in place to support the course’s role in fulfilling the College of LSA’s Upper-Level Writing Requirement (ULWR). ULWR courses require a significant amount of writing and revision, classroom instruction on writing in the discipline, and careful attendance to writing issues when discussing course assignments and in grading and commenting on papers. Duties for GSIs in ULWR courses may include, but are not limited to: attending lecture, grading and commenting extensively on papers and exams, and holding office hours to support students in developing their writing skills.  First-time GSIs in ULWR courses must also enroll in the Sweetland Center for Writing’s WRITING 993: Teaching Writing in the Disciplines, a one credit seminar, for fall.

GSI Grader Positions
Some courses are offered as lectures that do not have discussion sections and do not fulfill the ULWR. These classes are usually sized around 80 students and employ GSI Graders to support the course’s pedagogy in a manner similar to GSIs, except that they do not teach discussion sections and may or may not be required to attend lecture. Each GSI Grader position is a .25 appointment.

GSIs and GSI Graders are expected to be on campus and available to work no later than Tuesday, September 4, 2018, the first day of classes.

Required Qualifications*

All applicants must be graduate students at the University of Michigan in good academic standing.

First-time GSIs teaching an LSA course are required to attend GSI CRLT GSI Teaching Orientation on August 27 and 28, 2018. 

Students who are holding a GSI position for the first time in Political Science are required to concurrently enroll in POLSCI 993 GSI training course, which will meet on selected Fridays throughout the Fall 2018 semester from 3:00-5:00PM.

 *Students who will be a GSI in a ULWR course for the first time in any department must also enroll in WRITING 993. Additionally, if the language of instruction at a student's undergraduate institution was not English, the student must be evaluated by the English Language Institute (ELI) for English proficiency and either pass the GSI-OET or have this test waived by the ELI before they can be eligible for a GSI appointment in Political Science.

Desired Qualifications*

The most successful applicants will have completed a graduate course in political science, have previous experience as a GSI with favorable student evaluations, and/or previous experience teaching in political science.

Contact Information

All applicants are welcome to request the status of their application at any time by contacting Kimberly Smith, Political Science Graduate Program Coordinator, at or (734)764-9598.

Decision Making Process

All employment decisions will be made by the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science.  Doctoral students in Political Science within their funding commitment from the department will be given first priority for available positions.  In the event that positions remain open after all eligible and qualified Political Science doctoral students have been hired, then the Department will move to any existing pool of external applicants.  GSIs from outside the department will be selected based on the quality of their past teaching experience, the strength of their references, and also on how well their past coursework and teaching experiences have prepared them to teach the course topic of any open positions.

Selection Process

The Department expects to extend initial GSI placements to Department of Political Science doctoral students on or around June 1, 2018. External applicants can expect to hear about initial decisions on or around June 8.  While we do our best to maintain original placements, sometimes the need arises to move GSIs from one assigned course to another.  Assignments may change up to the first day of classes.

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 agent(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.

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.