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Mandatory: Please submit an application cover letter that addresses the following questions.

1. Why do you want to teach with the Global Scholars Program?
2. What inspires your interest in working as a GSI for a course centered on global social justice issues?
3. What academic and life experience do you have with issues of global social justice and intercultural dynamics?
4. Describe a) your teaching experience and b) either your dialogue facilitation or project management experience.

Please upload the following in ONE document when applying online.
1. Your cover letter answering the questions above
2. Your curriculum vitae/resume

Please send the following directly to Nita Shah at
1. Your undergraduate academic transcript and course evaluations from any courses taught
2. A letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member who can speak to your relevant experience and qualifications

Application Deadline:  March 10, 2019

Course Description

The Global Scholars Program (GSP) is a living-learning community, and students in their first year of of the program are required to enroll in ALA 210 Defining Critical Global Issues (2-credits in the Fall) and ALA 211 Addressing Critical Global Issues (2 credits in the Winter). This posting is for ALA 210.                                                                      

These signature courses for first-year GSP students center on identifying global social justice problems and designing and maintaining interventions. In the Fall term (ALA 210), students will study the development of human rights claims-making and struggles and learn and apply core concepts from areas such as political economy, public policy, international cooperation, public health, and peace studies. We will critically examine the socio­political complexities of how problems arise, are identified as problems, and are categorized as needing solutions.                                                                       

Students will attend one weekly lecture session with the instructional team (Lead Instructor + 2 GSIs). Additionally, students will meet once a week in small Collaborative Groups (CGs) to process content from the lecture and readings, to undertake experiential learning activities, and to engage in dialogues touching on a broad range of students' personal experiences with topics we cover. CGs are comprised of approximately 10 students, each of which is peer­-facilitated by two returning GSP student leaders. The expectations for CGs include developing a safe space where students can discuss and engage the sometimes emotional and personal dynamics of global disparities through dialogue with the understanding that opinions and values vary but a commitment to understanding one another's personal and social contexts is key to working and learning effectively together. Fall/Winter GSP students are placed in the same CG for both terms in order to maintain as much continuity within groups as is possible.


Each of these two GSI positions is a 50% appointment. GSP GSIs are part of a dynamic instructional team that meets weekly to plan the lecture sessions and implement the course objectives. GSIs share responsibility for grading, managing course platforms (Canvas), and leading active learning strategies. While the two GSIs have some common responsibilities in relation to the weekly lecture session, each of the GSIs will have specific responsibilities that differentiate them into two roles: a Collaborative Group Curriculum Coordinator and a Global Engagement Internship Coordinator.                                                                       

Collaborative Group Curriculum Coordinator: First-year GSP students are required to attend a weekly Friday lecture and a weekly Collaborative Group meeting (the CGs described above). Coordinating the CG curriculum entails: 1) providing leadership and creativity to the design of weekly CG meeting agendas and supplementary materials, 2) centralizing all correspondence related to CGs, including navigating scheduling and interpersonal challenges, communicating reminders and updates to CG members and leaders and updating the rest of the GSP staff on related matters, and 3) actively coaching, checking in with, and supporting Peer Facilitators (PFs) to ensure quality facilitation of the CG curricula.                                                                    

Global Engagement Internship Coordinator: A major feature of the first-year curriculum is the year-­long Global Engagement Internship (GEI), an intensive experiential learning project involving research and designing tools to take action on a designated global social justice issue with a partner organization (domestic or international nonprofit). The internship builds throughout the year and culminates in a presentation at the annual GSP symposium in April. The GEI provides students the opportunity to work together in diverse groups, deepen their research skills, and engage in an action-­oriented intervention. Coordinating GEIs involves: 1) making initial contact and maintaining relationships with the  partner organizations, 2) collaborating with the organization to develop a year-long project proposal that will ensure steady and on-time achievement of goals, 3) centralizing all correspondence related to the project, including communicating/grading related assignments, communicating with non-GSP campus partners, and 4) actively training, checking in with, and supporting Peer Facilitators to ensure the students’ successful completion of the GEI.                                                                      

Note:­ Interested candidates will apply to the GSI position, not to a specific role. Preferences will be invited and skill sets will be assessed during the interview process, and role decisions will be communicated when offers are extended.

Required Qualifications*

Currently enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Michigan. Outstanding ability to teach and evaluate undergraduate students. Knowledge of issues of global social justice and intercultural dynamics. Experience in international relations, social justice education and/or experiential learning. Strong communication and student support skills.                                                                       

Availability for weekly Friday course lectures (1:00 - 2:30), weekly meetings with student leaders, instructional team, and GSP staff. Some evenings and weekends.

Desired Qualifications*

The Fall and Winter courses follow in sequence and are highly interconnected. For this reason, we strongly prefer candidates who would be interested/available in serving in this GSI position for both Fall and Winter semesters.

Contact Information

Nita Shah at

Decision Making Process

All applications will be submitted for review to GSP staff. After review of applications, a short list of interviewees is developed and interviews are conducted. Each candidate is interviewed by two GSP staff and one GSP student leader using a protocol of questions. Applicants are updated on their status throughout the process.

Selection Process

Selection criteria include merit, teaching experience, and experience working in global social justice education. Decisions will be made and offers extended by April 11th 2019.

GEO Contract Information

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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.