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Course Description

The LSA Honors Program invites applications to teach Honors Core 232: Your Inner Ape, beginning August 31, 2020. Position is pending enrollment demand.


Effort for each section is 25%; GSIs are expected to teach two sections for a 50% appointment.

Brief course description: Some seven million years ago, one lineage of African apes took a divergent path that led to the evolution of humans. But just how different are we from other apes? This class examines the behavioral, anatomical, and genetic similarities and differences between humans and our closest relatives, the apes, in order to explore the boundaries of human uniqueness. The course will be divided into four sections, each of which will incorporate hands-on classroom exercises exposing students to the techniques used by evolutionary anthropologists and biologists to understand human evolution from a comparative perspective. The first unit of the course will review the basic biology and geographic distribution of living apes, and introduce the techniques used to understand evolutionary processes. The second part of the class will be devoted to investigating the similarities and differences between humans and apes in terms of behavior. The third unit will use the comparative method and the fossil record to reconstruct how distinctive human anatomical and physiological complexes evolved. The course will conclude by exploring how both genes and environment play a role in explaining human uniqueness. As part of the Honors Core Curriculum, this course introduces Honors students to the fields, questions, and methodologies of the Natural Sciences.

Required Qualifications*

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

All first time GSIs (those who have not previously taught at the University of Michigan) will be required to attend the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Graduate Student Instructor Teaching Orientation on Monday, August 24 and Tuesday, August 25, 2020.

Desired Qualifications*

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

Contact Information

Questions may be sent to Lisa Broome, Associate Director, LSA Honors Program,

Decision Making Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled.

Selection Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled.

GEO Contract Information

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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.