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Course Description

Honors 240: "Wellness" - Summer 2019

This course is an introduction to social-scientific research through the concept of “wellness.” We will explore the meaning and many dimensions of wellness, past and present. For example, wellness today is understood to include emotional, spiritual, social, and even financial elements, in addition to physical health. We will also carefully study claims made about wellness, from popular culture (think social media, television, “fitspiration” blogs) to varieties of clinical practice (think dietitians or therapists) and to the sciences (think medicine, public health, psychology, sociology). Our focus will range from the individual to the social and systemic. For example, we will consider what motivates — or fails to motivate — individuals to improve their wellness. Should schools really decide your PE grade on the basis of your Fitbit data? But we will also explore the social, political, and cultural factors that foster — or impede — wellness in populations, groups, or even countries. For example, are people in the cold and dark Finland really the happiest people in the world, as some recent data claim, or is the increase in wealth historically the reason people become healthier around the world? 

This fast-paced, seven-week course will satisfy the First-Year Writing Requirement. Short readings will range from popular media to scientific articles. Writing assignments will involve writing about the same information in different styles, revising previous work, and experimenting with some “new media” such as podcasts or videos. Individual students get to pursue projects close to their own interests, but the course will also involve significant collaborative work, particularly in the classroom.

Responsibilities*

The GSI hired for this position will lead a discussion section of the larger faculty-led lecture course, and will work closely with the faculty member to achieve the teaching and learning outcomes of the course. Each GSI will lead a discussion section of the larger course. Each GSI is also expected to participate in the instruction during lecture as students work with hands-on in-class activities. Regular meetings of the entire teaching team for the course will provide general guidance, lesson planning, and assignment norming.

Required Qualifications*

Good standing in a graduate or professional program in a relevant department.

Desired Qualifications*

Candidacy in a Ph.D. program in a relevant department; experience teaching introductory courses at UM or other college or university.

Contact Information

Contact Dr. Lisa Broome at lbroome@umich.edu with questions. Applications are due by April 30, 2019 but all positions may be filled by then.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Honors Program Associate Director who will make a hiring recommendation to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Honors Program Associate Director who will make a hiring recommendation to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

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 hr.umich.edu/oie/contact.html and for the University Ombuds at www.umich.edu/~ombuds/.

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.