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How to Apply

Applicants must apply and submit material through the department’s application portal.  Applicants should be prepared to include the following information via PDF upload:

  1. A cover letter explaining your interest in this position, relevant teaching experience, and teaching evaluations if available.   If you are not a native speaker of English, please also include relevant information about your language experience.
  2. A resume or curriculum vita
  3. Unofficial UM transcript; previous undergrad transcript
  4. Previous UM teaching evaluations, as applicable

Job Summary

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

  • 1 GSI to lead four lab sections for ASTRO 101  (.50 position)
  • 1 GSI to lead two lab sections for ASTRO 102 as well as grade ASTRO 104 (.50 position total)
  • 1 GSI to grade ASTRO 106 (.50 position)
  • 1 GSI to grade ASTRO 107 and ASTRO 115 (.50 position total)
  • 1 GSI to lead one lab section for ASTRO 201 (.50 position)

Course Description

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


  • Attend all course lectures (see course guide for times) and exams (TBD)
  • Run one or two lab sections, times assigned 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 three of the scheduled section times for any given course, as applicable based on the course format (time(s) will be assigned after hiring process is completed)

Desired Qualifications*

  • Previous experience teaching courses in astronomy
  • Previous experience as a GSI with favorable student evaluations

Contact Information

Jean McKee, Student Services Manager,

Decision Making Process

The instructor of the courses will make the hiring decisions, possibly in consultation with Director of Graduate Studies.  Decisions will be made on or around August 27, 2018.

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed and decisions made based on knowledge, experience, and past teaching record, as well as the needs of the department.

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.

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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.