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Please upload the following documents as one PDF document with your application: (1) a cover letter, and (2) CV (including names of two faculty references).

The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experiences that directly relate to this position. If you have held a GSI position at U-M, as part of your cover letter please provide the course title, number, term, and faculty instructor for each course taught. Please also attach E&E summary sheets for the U-M courses where you have been a GSI.

Posting begin date:  February 22, 2021

Posting end date:  March 8, 2021

Notification date:  March 29, 2021

Applicants may request status of his or her application at any time.

Course Description

This is the introductory core course for the International Studies concentration at the University of Michigan. The course explores some of the many ways that people, ideas, capital, and technology flow across political and cultural borders, and the consequences of those flows. Designed for freshmen and sophomores, but open to any undergraduate, the course is intended to stimulate interest in further course work in International Studies. The course also meets the geography requirement for students in the School of Education.

The modules in the course introduce students to the topics of globalization; international organizations and relations; human rights and humanitarianism; global health and environment, human development; and comparative culture and identity. As a result of this course, students will have a broader perspective on an increasingly complex world and new conceptual tools for analyzing events of international scope and importance.

FTE:  Two (2) positions at .50 FTE (GSI leads three discussion sections) and two (2) positions at .35 FTE (GSI leads two discussion sections)

Appointment period:  Fall Term, 2021

Course name:  Introduction to International Studies (INTLSTD 101/GEOG 145)

Lecture meets TuTh 3:00 to 4:00 pm.  See the Fall Term LSA course guide schedule for details.

Responsibilities*

The four GSIs selected for this course will have the following responsibilities:

  • Leading two/three discussion sections per week;
  • Course logistics, including maintenance of the course web site (Canvas);
  • Test preparation;
  • Grading, including written assignments and exams;
  • Attending lectures;
  • Student advising, with regular office hours, especially before and after assignments and exams

Required Qualifications*

Graduate students in any social science or humanities discipline or professional school are invited to apply. 

Desired Qualifications*

Familiarity with course content pertaining to globalization, international relations, human rights and human development preferred. Previous GSI experience in course with IS-related content.

Contact Information

Please address applications to Dr. Howard Tsai.

Decision Making Process

Final applicant selection will be made by Dr. Howard Tsai

Selection Process

We will choose applicants with the strongest and most relevant teaching experience, work experience, and academic training.  

Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions.  Upon request, any applicant denied employment will receive, within fourteen  (14) calendar days, a written explanation of the reasons for denial of employment, and/or an in-person interview with the hiring agent(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.  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 agent(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.

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.