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How to Apply

Candidates should submit cover letter and CV through the UM job portal.

Note: All documents should be submitted as one (1) PDF.

Questions should be sent to Lisa Broome, Associate Director, LSA Honors Program, lbroome@umich.edu.

Course Description

The LSA Honors Program invites applications to teach Honors Core 240: Wellness, beginning August 31, 2020. ***Position is pending enrollment demand.***

This course is an introduction to social-scientific research through the concept of “wellness.” We will explore the meaning and many dimensions of wellness, past and present. For example, wellness today is understood to include emotional, spiritual, social, and even financial elements, in addition to physical health. We will also carefully study claims made about wellness, from popular culture (think social media, television, “fitspiration” blogs) to varieties of clinical practice (think dietitians or therapists) and to the sciences (think medicine, public health, psychology, sociology). Our focus will range from the individual to the social and systemic.

The contemporary coronavirus pandemic will serve as an important theme in this course. It helps us raise many macrosocial questions (about epidemiology, public health policies, distributional inequities). It helps us raise microsocial questions (about compliance, motivation, coping). It helps us explore social-scientific tools and methods (such as modeling, statistics, narratives).

This course will satisfy the First-Year Writing Requirement. Short readings will range from popular media to scientific articles. Writing assignments will involve writing about the same information in different styles, revising previous work, and experimenting with some “new media” such as podcasts or videos. Individual students get to pursue projects close to their own interests, but the course will also involve significant collaborative work.

Class Format: This course will be fully asynchronous, to accommodate students in different time zones or with other time commitments. Optional one-on-one and group office hours will be offered synchronously, with efforts to accommodate student availability. Students may also arrange synchronous meetings for group work if they choose.

Responsibilities*

Effort is 50%, as this course meets the First Year Writing Requirement. Each GSI will attend lectures (which are delivered asynchronously), lead an asynchronous discussion section of the larger course, hold office hours, and grade course work. GSIs for this course will also participate in meetings of the entire teaching team for general guidance, lesson planning, and assignment norming.

Required Qualifications*

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

Desired Qualifications*

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

Contact Information

Contact Dr. Lisa Broome at lbroome@umich.edu with questions. Applications are due by 8/14/20 but all positions may be filled by then.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Honors Program Associate Director who, in careful consultation with the faculty member leading the course, will make a hiring recommendation to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized. Once positions are filled, all applicants will be notified of their status by email.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Honors Program Associate Director who, in careful consultation with the faculty member leading the course, will make a hiring recommendation to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized. Once positions are filled, all applicants will be notified of their status by email.

GEO Contract Information

The University will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, marital status, familial status, parental status or pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression (whether actual or perceived), 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, medical conditions including those related to pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, arrest record, 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.


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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 their preferred assignment, they 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.


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U-M EEO/AA Statement

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