How to Apply
Interested applicants must submit through the UM Jobs portal (umjobs.org) as one document their CV/resume and a cover letter that addresses the following questions:
Additionally, please send the following documents to Nita Shah at firstname.lastname@example.org :
GSP is recruiting a GSI for ALA 212 Winter 2021 term. The GSI will work very closely with GSP’s associate director in order to provide high-quality instruction of this course. In line with the University’s public health informed semester, the Winter semester will be taught virtually with asynchronous and synchronous components.
GSP is a living learning program that prepares sophomores and above for inter-culturally competent global leadership. Our community is one of the most diverse on campus: 100 members in their first year, holding citizenships in over 20 countries and speaking over 30 languages. During students' first year of membership, they are required to complete a year-long course sequence in which they learn about urgent global problems such as human rights, systemic inequality, peacemaking, global health disparities, environmental sustainability, and so on.
As a part of their grade, these 100 students meet weekly in small Collaborative Groups (CGs) of about 10 students. CG meetings function similarly to discussion sections and are facilitated by two GSP student leaders – "Peer Facilitators" – in their second year of the program.
ALA 212 provides intergroup and cross-cultural dialogue facilitation training to GSP Peer Facilitators. For GSP members, Peer Facilitators often serve as the face of the program. They are key supports for the students while they complete their primary assignment: a group-based, year-long internship with one of GSP's award-winning partner organizations promoting global social justice. Peer Facilitators also lead intellectually challenging and often controversial discussions of course material within CG meetings. As a separate responsibility, they plan and implement global social justice topic-based dialogues outside CG meetings, which GSP members are required to attend for academic credit. In order to support students' collaborative internships and dialogue-based learning, Peer Facilitators navigate intense cross-cultural disagreement, communication differences, and other sensitive group dynamics. Furthermore, though they can't be experts in everything, they must have a strong foundational understanding of global social justice.
ALA 212 prepares GSP students to return as Peer Facilitators the following academic year. Peer Facilitators require highly specialized, comprehensive training in theoretical knowledge and practical skills so that they may use excellent judgment in a range of challenging, high-stakes situations. The course meets these training needs by engaging students in theoretical scholarship and providing rigorous self-reflection and facilitation practice opportunities. Students receive extensive, individually-tailored written and verbal feedback – in class and through one-on-one meetings – throughout the semester so that they are able to master the material and maximize their skills. One of the course's signature features is a mandatory overnight, weekend-long retreat in January. Though this year's retreat will be virtual and shortened, we maintain our goal to provide a space for students to build trust over a sustained, extensive period of time. This sense of trust enables them to take necessary risks, receive feedback that challenges their preconceived notions, and address questions that challenge their worldviews.
The GSI functions as a key partner to the ALA 212 instructor (GSP associate director), assisting with curricular planning, asynchronous and synchronous instruction, facilitating intergroup dialogues, leading experiential learning activities, grading, and mentoring/providing feedback to individual students. They are expected to meet weekly with the course instructor; attend the mandatory virtual retreat on January 30th and 31st from 2-5pm; conduct individual one-on-one midterm meetings with students; and attend synchronous class sessions on the selected dates below:
- Saturday, January 30 & Sunday, January 31 from 2-5 PM (Virtual Retreat)
- Saturday, February 20 from 3-5 PM
- Saturday, March 13 from 3-5 PM
- Saturday, March 27 from 3-5 PM
- Saturday, April 17 from 3-5 PM
Must be currently enrolled as a graduate student in good standing at the University of Michigan. Candidates must meet the language proficiency requirements set by the College of LSA. Outstanding ability to effectively teach and evaluate undergraduate students. The qualifying candidate must have a unique skill set: background knowledge in intergroup dialogue pedagogy, social justice, identity, and power, especially in a global, multicultural context; pedagogical experience leading experiential exercises and modeling the connections between content and lived experiences; and a solid understanding of peer dialogue facilitation. Must be available for training, weekly instructors' meetings, class sessions, and the mandatory virtual retreat on January 30th and 31st.
Bachelor's degree completed or master's/doctoral degree in progress in a relevant field (cultural studies, sociology, social work, education, etc.).
Questions may be sent to Nita Shah at email@example.com.
Decision Making Process
Review of applications will begin immediately with a decision made by end of Fall semester.
Complete applications must be submitted as outlined in this posting and received by the application deadline to be considered. Selection criteria include merit, teaching experience, and experience working in global social justice education.
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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