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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your CV. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Applications and supporting materials must be submitted through the UM jobs website. To be considered for this LEO Lecturer I position candidates should submit a single attachment (in PDF format) to this posting with the following required materials:

  1. Letter of Application (no more than two pages)
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Statement (no more than five pages; includes teaching philosophy and experience)
  4. Evidence of Teaching Excellence
  5. Two sample syllabi from previously taught courses

In addition, please submit an application letter explaining your qualifications and teaching philosophy, a current CV, and evidence of teaching excellence to:

Scott Hwang, Interim Faculty Co-Director

c/o Lori Sherman (

The Program on InterGroup Relations

College of Literature, Science and the Arts

University of Michigan

1214 S. University, 2nd Floor, Suite B

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-2592

Job Summary

The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) at the University of Michigan invites applications for one or more part-time LEO Lecturer I’s to teach 1or more courses in Winter 2019.  IGR courses are housed in the Applied Liberal Arts (ALA) division of the College and are often cross-listed with Psychology and Sociology.

The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) is a nationally recognized social justice education program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As a joint venture of the College of Literature, Science, and Arts (LSA) and the Division of Student Life, IGR works proactively to promote understanding of intergroup relations inside and outside of the classroom, particularly using dialogue as a unique methodology.  Multidisciplinary courses offered by IGR are distinguished by their experiential focus, teaching philosophy, and incorporation of dialogic models of communication. IGR offers a sequence of courses that fulfill a minor in Intergroup Relations Education.

Course Description

ALA 320--Processes of Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation (SOC 320, PSYCH 310): This is the first course in a two-course sequence designed to give students a foundation in awareness, knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to effectively facilitate multicultural group interactions including structured intergroup dialogues. The topics of this course include social identity group development; prejudice and stereotyping and their effects on groups; difference and dominance and the nature of social oppression; culture, cultural cues, and judgments; basic group facilitation skills and their applications in a multicultural setting.

The course develops basic group facilitation skills through theoretical and experiential learning on topics such as group dynamics, conflict intervention, intergroup communication, and community building. Students will engage in discussions, activities, and readings focused on prejudice, stereotyping, privilege, oppression, social identity, group development. There are two weekend retreats required for this course.

ALA 321--IGR Practicum: This practicum follows "Training Processes in Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation" (ALA 320) and requires applied work in facilitating intergroup dialogues.  Students participate in weekly seminars and frequent instructor/coach consultations to:

  • Discuss and prepare work for weekly dialogue sessions
  • Strengthen facilitators’ own understanding of intergroup relations
  • Discuss theory and practice of group observation, conflict intervention, intergroup communication, and community building
  • Continue facilitators’ own personal growth and development in the intergroup dialogue process

This practicum focuses on helping students develop and improve their skills as dialogue facilitators.  This will be done in the context of the belief that facilitation skills can be used throughout life to create positive social change.  Effective facilitators are effective social change agents.  Moreover, by debriefing their actual dialogue experiences, facilitators can deepen their learning about identity, discrimination, privilege, and social justice. There is a weekend retreat required for this course.


The candidate will provide classroom instruction to undergraduate students in an interdisciplinary liberal arts program. Lecturers are expected to attend course meetings, hold office hours, and handle routine matters related to instruction. Additional duties include participation in college- and program-wide activities.

Required Qualifications*

The candidate must hold a terminal degree in Psychology, Education, Sociology, Social Work, or in a closely related field. A Ph.D. is preferred. The candidate must have experience with teaching courses devoted to intergroup relations theory and intergroup dialogue pedagogy as well as working with a variety of culturally and ethnically diverse populations. The successful candidate is likely to have substantial experience in intergroup dialogue pedagogy, social justice education, and experiential teaching. 

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Selection Process

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2018. Review of applications will begin immediately after the deadline and continue until the position is filled.

Applications will be selected based upon demonstrated subject matter expertise, successful performance in the classroom, ability to complete administrative tasks competently, and the needs of the department. The selection criteria for decisions will be made based on the strength of the required and desired qualifications, with focus on strength of past teaching experience and breadth of exposure to the subject matter in the field. 

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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