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To apply, please submit the following materials (applicants who do not meet these requirements will not be considered):

                -A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and must be attached as the first page of your resume.  The letter should address your specific interest in and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.  Please include your University affiliation and year in graduate studies.

                -Current resume.

                -Contact information (email and phone) for three to five professional references.

                -A letter or e-mail from your program director confirming  that you are in good academic standing, not on fellowship support, and are approved for a 50% appointments (PLEASE NOTE: this letter may be submitted separately to


Job Summary

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry (UMSD) Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is seeking one (1) 50% (0.50 FTE; 20 hours/week) Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA) to work with the Assistant Dean for DEI to assist with the implementation of the School of Dentistry’s Year 3 DEI Strategic Plan.

Appointment Period: Fall 2019

Estimated FTE:  50% (20 hours per week)

Compensation:  This appointment provides tuition, required fees, stipend (at the GEO negotiated GSSA monthly rate), GradCare health insurance and dental insurance (Option 1).

Course Description


The Dental DEI GSSA will participate as an advisor/mentor to our dental student organizations involved in our Ambassador Programming.  These organizations include the Student National Dental Association, the Hispanic Student Dental Association, The Society of American Indian Dentists, The Bridges of Discipline (first-generation domain), Association of Women Dentists, and The Alliance for Inclusion.  The Dental DEI GSSA will be assigned a senior faculty mentor who will serve as a master teacher, as well as, assist in planning their educational career goals. 


Meet with UMSD, DEI Leads (Assistant Dean UMSD DEI and HR Director) once a month to define scope of work goals and planning opportunities. 


Attend the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) National meeting in National Harbor, MD March 14-17, 2020.  At ADEA, the DEI GSSA will participate in Continuing Educations workshops, recruitment fairs and participate as a graduate speaker with the ADEA Go Dental National Recruitment Initiative.


Participate and serve in dental outreach opportunities to Detroit and surrounding areas with Student organizations and Associate Professor of Dentistry Dr. Kenneth May.


Triangulate data gathered through survey or crowd sourcing activities on graduate student perceptions of departmental climate and compare this with the UMSD Climate Study (2016) and All Campus Climate Study graduate data.  This information will be shared as a poster presentation during UMSD Research Day, February 19, 2020 and used for DEI Strategic Plan Yr. 3 implementation reporting (Capstone project).


Work closely with Dr. Kenneth May to provide and design clinical foundation course supplement activities for dental students in the first and second year of dental school.


Work with Dr. May in clinical foundation activities for our Pipeline and Pathways to dentistry programs:  Campus Connections (summer bridge program participants, Wolverine Pathways, and Profile for Success™ summer program participants).


Attend two Admissions Committee meetings with Assistant Dean for Student Services, Associate Director of Admissions and Assistant Dean for DEI.


Attend at least 4 Campus Visit Interview days (CVI) serving as an interviewer for potential dental students.


Attend monthly Multicultural Affairs Committee and Implementation Committee meetings as a graduate student liaison.



Meet with assigned mentors at least once a month.

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must be a dentist who is currently registered in a graduate program at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry with a commitment to DEI and familiarity with the UMSD DEI programs.  Ideal candidate will have a commitment to becoming a dental educator, experience teaching, possess leadership abilities and have research experience.  Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to community service and serving the underserved.

Applicants should be able to multitask, collaborate in a teamed staffing approach on various efforts, have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, be able to prioritize projects and follow-through to meet expectations.

Applicants should have excellent oral and written communications skill, strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work and communicate effectively and professionally with the University community as well as external constituents.

Ability to work collaboratively or independently, as responsibilities require. 


Desired Qualifications*

There are none for this particular posting

Contact Information

Questions regarding this position may be emailed to

Decision Making Process

Selection Process

Applicants will be reviewed following the posting deadline and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.  References will be contacted for finalists.

Every effort will be made to have a hiring decision by June 1, 2019.

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.