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A cover letter is required for consideration for positions and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your interest in the GSI position, the course number and mention relevant coursework/experience. Applications that do not include this information may not be considered. Include names and contact information for two references and teaching evaluations from prior GSI positions if available.

Course Description

GSI for HBHE 503- Introduction to Health Behavior Theory and Approaches for Fall 2018. This course is designed to provide an introduction to the psychosocial determinants of behavioral risk factors that affect health for non-HBHE students. This course meets a BIC requirement. The position will be at 0.25 FTE, a 10-hour/week position that includes full tuition coverage, a stipend and health benefits. The course is a hybrid of in-class and online instruction. The in-class meeting is scheduled for Thursdays from 3:30-5:30pm.  

By the end of the course students will be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of health behavior as a product of individual, interpersonal, community, societal and cultural influences;
  2. Describe how social and behavioral factors influence health outcomes and contribute to health disparities;
  3. Identify psychosocial theories, concepts, models and frameworks from a range of social and behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice;
  4. Apply social and behavioral theories and frameworks to public health interventions and their evaluation;
  5. Describe benefits and challenges of translating theory-informed interventions into public health practice.  



  1. Assist in assembling instructional materials.
  2. Prepare, administer and grade course assignments.
  3. Prepare and facilitate class activities (online and in-class) designed to clarify and reinforce concepts presented in lecture.
  4. Attend weekly meetings and view lectures.
  5. Assist students with course material and assignments as needed. 

If you have not held a GSI position at UM previously, you will be required to attend CRLT GSI Teaching Orientation on Monday, August 27 and Tuesday, August 28, 2018. This is a condition of employment.

Required Qualifications*

Graduate student in good standing in Public Health, strong professional communication skills.

Desired Qualifications*

Ideal candidates have a strong background in health behavior theory and its practical application, including completion of HBHE 600 or equivalent; strong professional communication skills; excellent time management skills; an interest and/or experience with online or hybrid instruction; strong motivation to develop and improve teaching skills; flexibility in working to adapt the course to a new format. Outstanding recommendations; commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our community and especially equity and inclusion in the classroom.


Contact Information

Candy Ellis, HBHE Department Administrator, 3762 SPH I, 2029.

Decision Making Process

Faculty will review applications and indicate their ranked preferences. They are also asked to indicate whether they regard any applicants as unqualified and why.

Please do not contact faculty directly regarding the status of your application.

Selection Process

After faculty review, candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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. Upon request, any applicant denied employment will receive, within fourteen (14) calendar days, a written explanation of the reasons for denial of employment, and/or an in-person interview with the hiring agent(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time. 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.