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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: English Seminar Instructor

The English Seminar Instructor provides instruction to support English reading comprehension and writing development. With special emphasis on the nature of communications—speaking, writing, reading—instructors will design an seven-week curriculum offered 2 days a week for incoming college freshmen, approximately 50 freshmen. Student’s prior experiences and perceptions towards English language, mechanics, and communication will provide the undertone for instruction.   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 English communications and mechanics, reading strategies, and writing skill development over the course of 7 weeks.
  • 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 English 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 7– August 9, 2019).

Desired Qualifications*

  • Prior teaching in college level English and Writing sections and/or ACT and/or SAT English and Writing 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

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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