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1) a cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for the position and teaching history


2) a resume or curriculum vita   Name the .PDF file as follows: Last name.First name.Course number. For example: Doe.John.Environ305

Verify your own course schedule against the schedule for the course to which you are applying as a grader. All graders are required to attend the lecture and discussion times as posted. This role has a work expectation of 15 hours per week.


Course Description

Food Literacy for All:   Environ 314/EAS639.038/URP610/URP402

Instructor: Lesli Hoey

Concurrent food, energy, water, climate, and biodiversity crises, and a global rise in obesity amidst widespread hunger and undernutrition, have focused public attention on the deficiencies and complexities of the global food system.  Yet, a diversity of emerging ‘alternative’ food systems demonstrates their potential to be nutritionally productive and socially and environmentally sound.  Transforming food systems will require coordinated efforts across disciplines and scales, drawing upon diverse academic and practical perspectives, and understanding how value systems shape food and agriculture.  Linking theory and practice is essential, involving the full range of actors moving food from farm to fork.

This course offers a unique opportunity for students to gain an interdisciplinary introduction to the food system through a weekly lecture series bringing high-profile speakers to campus from policy, academia, and grassroots movements.  Designed as an academic-community partnership, the course is led by a UM faculty member (Hoey) with a leader in food justice in Detroit (Hebron), along with the manager of the UM Sustainable Food Systems Initiative (Fink Shapiro).  Students will develop competencies in food-systems sustainability, including systems thinking, community engagement, creativity, and analytical abilities.

Students will write regular reaction postings in response to the lectures and several short essay assignments over the term. These are essays based on the lectures and additional scholarship by the students. The course may have 100-150 students (based on 2017 and 2018 enrollment).  Students will also be offered extra credit opportunities by participating in Detroit-based events over the term in order to learn from perspectives and experiences of the Detroit community partners.  Students will be evaluated based on attendance, participation, and writing assignments.

An optional 1 credit seminar (EAS501/Environ 465/URP402/URP610.002) will involve weekly discussions and further analysis of each week’s topic and presentation. The grader is not responsible for grading students enrolled in the seminar.


  • Grader for multiple student exercises, providing feedback on content and writing quality, with instructor oversight.
  • Available to meet with students as needed throughout the semester (specific weekly office hours not required)
  • Attend all lectures
  • Complete all readings
  • Manage student attendance and participation through i>clicker
  • Communicate with instructors on a regular basis.

Required Qualifications*

  • Basic competency in Word and Excel as well as in using course websites.
  • Applicant must be in good standing as a graduate student at the University of Michigan. If the language of instruction at a student’s undergraduate institution was not English, he/she 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 gaining eligibility for a GSI appointment in LS&A.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in evaluating and critiquing writing
  • Experience in courses about the global food system
  • Experience with the 2017 or 2018 course is ideal, so that the grader is familiar with the course structure and expectations.

Additional Information

If you have questions about how to apply for the position please email Lilly Fink Shapiro ( or

Contact Information

Instructor Email: Lesli Hoey,

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Decision Making Process

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

Selection Process

A committee comprised of the Associate Director and the Department Administrator reviews the faculty recommendations to determine and move forward with selection preferences where possible. The Associate Director determines appointments where no clear selection is possible.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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