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Job Summary

Program Description:  
The Promise Scholars Program at the University of Michigan—Flint was created to allow an admissions pathway for students whose previous academic performance did not meet standard admission. However, through their interview process have showcased their potential to succeed academically. Promise Scholars are students who are passionate about obtaining their bachelor’s degree here at the University of Michigan-Flint. Broadly, the Promise Scholar Program is designed to provide an environment that supports 4-year graduation success. To support all students throughout their undergraduate experience, the Promise Scholars program is designed to increase persistence and retention, provide academic enrichment opportunities, and offer holistic success coaching. Promise Scholars begin their experience at the University of Michigan-Flint through the Success Institute which takes place during the summer after their senior year.
Position Description: Math Seminar Instructor
The Math Seminar Instructor provides instruction to support Math skill development and readiness for College Algebra/Intermedia Algebra. These seminars aim to provide the space to unpack student’s understanding and attitude towards Math while providing foundational skills for success in College Algebra. Special curricular considerations will be placed on student’s understanding attitudes perspectives and prior experience with math courses (current attitudes towards math), procedural fluency of the Laws of Algebra and Number Behavior, and Mathematical Thinking (conceptual understanding of problem solving and logic). Instructors will design a five-week curriculum offered 4 days a week for incoming college freshmen, approximately 50 freshmen.   Instructors report directly to the Program Manager.  Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to explain interest in role and key experiences.


  • Prepare instructional materials to seamlessly shift from math attitudes and perceptions, Laws of Algebra and Number behaviors, and mathematical thinking the course of 5 weeks.
  • Responsible for creating a Pre and Post assessment for data purposes.
  • Provide students with weekly feedback, meet with key Promise Scholar staff concerning student progress.
  • Provide constructive feedback for individualized student growth in key challenge areas.
  • Adapt pedagogical approaches as needed to ensure student engagement and participation.
  • Address and refer student disciplinary, crises, and personal issues as needed to campus offices.
  • Maintain professional relationships and boundaries with students.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree required; prior teaching experience in Math or related subjects.
  • Must exercise a strengths-based approach in being sensitive, respectful, and understanding of the need of economically and academically disadvantaged, ethnically diverse students.
  • Must possess the commitment and stamina to participate constructively in potentially stressful interactions and situations during the summer program.
  • Awareness of student conduct and academic integrity policies.
  • Can fully commit to the time requirements of the role during Summer 2019 (July 8 – August 8).

Desired Qualifications*

  • Prior teaching in college level Algebra and/or ACT and/or SAT Math instruction.
  • Demonstrated commitment in serving underrepresented students.
  • Prior experience addressing student conduct and conflict mitigation situations.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to think critically and problem solve swiftly and responsibly.
  • Passionate in supporting student persistence.

Additional Information

  • Offers are contingent on background check clearance and academic status verification.
  • This is a grant funded position.



Background Screening

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

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