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Course Description

The LSA Honors Program invites applications to teach Honors Core 233: “Health, Biology, and Society: What Is Cancer?” beginning January 1, 2021.
This course explores the question “What is Cancer” from the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities, and seeks to educate and train students in a multidimensional and holistic understanding of health and society. This course gives students the tools to understand the complexity of cancer in modern society from humanistic, scientific, and sociological perspectives. The instructors and students weave together materials including scientific articles, clinical reports, memoirs, historical narratives, fiction, and film. In addition to teaching students about cancer, this course seeks to demonstrate that interdisciplinary work can constitute more than the sum of the parts. In other words, this course will engage students deeply with both the “what,” in terms of diverse course content, and the “how,” in terms of learning how to think and do interdisciplinary work in the health sciences. This course uses a Gamified points systems that lets students chart their own path of assignments to accrue as many points towards their grade as possible.

The lecture for this course will be fully compatible with remote online learning. The lecture and discussion sections for this course will occur synchronously but will be recorded for asynchronous participation when necessary. The desired format for the discussion sections would be hybrid allowing for some in-person meetings, however, the preference of the GSI will be accommodated.


As part of the Honors Core Curriculum, this course introduces first- and second-year Honors students to the fields, questions and meta-questions, and methodologies of the Social Sciences. This course is a discussion section of a large lecture course and the GSI will work closely with the course's faculty instructor to achieve the teaching and learning outcomes of the course. Attendance at lecture is also required. GSIs in the Honors Core are expected to participate in occasional events for Core courses.
Effort for each section is 25%; GSIs are expected to teach two discussion sections for a 50% appointment. Position is pending enrollment demand.

Required Qualifications*

Good standing in at least one graduate or professional terminal degree program in a relevant department. Please check with your home departments if you are unsure if your program is a terminal degree program.

Desired Qualifications*

Candidacy in a Ph.D. program in a relevant department; experience 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. All positions may be filled before the application deadline.

Selection Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled. All positions may be filled before the application deadline.

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 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.