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How to Apply

Interested applicants must complete both of the following steps:

  1. Apply to Job Opening ID#170649 through the U-M Jobs portal.
  2. Email a cover letter, CV, and a sample of their academic writing as a single PDF document to

Who We Are

The English Language Institute was established in 1941 as the first university-based English language research and teaching program of its kind in the United States. The ELI is a unit of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts which provides language, academic, and intercultural instruction to members of the University of Michigan community.

The core of ELI’s offerings consists of a full range of credit-bearing English for Academic Purposes courses for international graduate students. We also offer a comprehensive program of language and pedagogy courses for prospective and current graduate student instructors (GSIs), ESL/EFL teacher education courses for undergraduates interested in teaching English in local communities or abroad, and full-time summer intensive programs for students who have been accepted into degree programs at the University of Michigan or other US institutions of higher education.

Additional ELI support services include writing and speaking clinics which provide international graduate students and GSIs with one-on-one language and academic support; courses for visiting scholars, researchers, faculty, staff, and post-docs; and a volunteer Conversation Circles program which provides opportunities for international students to practice speaking English in an informal setting and for domestic U-M students to learn about other cultures.


For any questions about the position, please email


Course Description

GSI position to serve as a consultant in ELI’s Graduate Writing Clinic.  A 25% appointment is available for both Fall and Winter terms of the 2019-2020 academic year. Continuing appointments for future academic years are available for consultants with satisfactory job performance.

Graduate Writing Clinic Consultants offer international graduate students and visiting scholars at the University of Michigan support in developing their written work, including course papers, dissertation chapters, and journal articles. This support is provided in the form of individual appointments that are scheduled through an online sign-up system. Writing Clinic Consultants’ hours are determined by the instructional fraction according to the GEO contract guidelines. This position qualifies for health benefits and a 100% tuition waiver.



The purpose of Writing Clinic sessions is to work on organization, flow of ideas, and other macro writing issues, and to help participants identify and learn to self-correct their own texts. Un-booked Clinic time is used for walk-in appointments, to assist with program maintenance duties, and to engage in additional professional development.


A Writing Clinic Consultant on a 25% appointment is required to be on-site at the ELI for a minimum of 12.5 hours per week throughout the Fall and Winter terms. Approximately 10 hours per week is spent in 45-minute Clinic appointments meeting with individual graduate students to discuss their writing. The remaining 2.5 hours per week is spent in structured training and professional development activities under the direction of a Writing Clinic Faculty Mentor.


Writing Clinic Consultants maintain a weekly schedule which includes appointments on at least three days per week agreed upon in consultation with the Faculty Mentor for posting via an online sign-up system, to be adjusted as necessary to meet student demand. Consultants are also responsible for completing a Client Report form after each session. Newly-hired Consultants participate in pre-service training/orientation meetings and weekly mentoring and feedback sessions with the Writing Clinic Faculty Mentor.


Required Qualifications*

Writing Clinic consultants must be currently enrolled in a University of Michigan graduate program and must either: 1. Have completed at least one year of their graduate program when they begin work;  2. Possess an advanced degree from a peer institution. Excellent oral and written communication skills, familiarity with the conventions of graduate academic writing, and an ability to work independently are also required.

Desired Qualifications*

Preferred qualifications include: 1. Prior experience working with the writing of graduate students, particularly international students, in an academic context; 2. Prior experience teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language at the university/graduate level; 3. An advanced degree in Applied Linguistics, TESOL, Composition/Rhetoric or related field.

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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Contact Information

For any questions about the position, please email

Decision Making Process

ELI Director and Writing Clinic Faculty Mentor will review all applications and select finalists for interviews. Hiring decisions are made by the ELI Director. Anticipated Decision Making Date: May 30, 2019.

Selection Process

Selection criteria include writing ability, teaching experience, and other training or experience relevant to the work of the ELI Graduate Writing Clinic. Estimated date for offers to be extended: May 30, 2019. Applicants may request the status of their application from the program at any time.

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 and for the University Ombuds at

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.