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How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit their CV and cover letter through the UM Jobs portal ( as one document. The cover letter should be addressed to the HSSP GSI Search Committee and must include:
·        Name, email address, and phone number
·        University affiliation/graduate program
·        Year in graduate studies
·        Description of any previous teaching experience and research interests
·        One-two paragraphs on your teaching philosophy
·        Prior teaching evaluations, if available 
·        Two professional references (name, phone number, and email address for each)

Job Summary

The Health Sciences Scholars Program (HSSP) typically seeks two (2) Graduate Student Instructors (50% appointment) each fall and winter semester for the HSSP core courses (ALA 106: Perspectives on Health and Health Care I and ALA 109: Perspectives on Health and Health Care II). This specific posting is for the Fall 2021 term only.

Course Description

ALA 106/109 are required of all approximately 120 first-year HSSP students.
ALA 106/109 are taught by the HSSP instructor and also draw upon many U-M and community experts as guest lecturers and presenters. These courses provide a broad examination of the cultural, political, personal, and socioeconomic dimensions of health and health care. The courses afford pre-health students an opportunity to explore domestic and global health policy, social determinants of health, health disparities, ethics, and other pressing matters in the health and health care arena. This content provides a foundation for professional involvement in health care, and allows students to critically think about significant challenges, opportunities, and careers in the field. The courses are taught as a weekly lecture and discussion/lab sections. Each semester, students additionally attend several professional autobiography speaker events and two observations in the U-M health system or broader Ann Arbor community.


1.    Participation in pre-course GSI training and course planning with the HSSP faculty. This will include the CRLT GSI training for new GSIs.
2.    Attend all weekly lectures.
3.    Attend 4-5 evening Professional Autobiography sessions per semester.
4.    With the instructor, plan and facilitate discuss/lab sessions.
5.    Facilitate small group activities.
6.    Grade assignments and provide feedback in a timely fashion.
7.    Meet weekly with the HSSP ALA 106/109 instructor.
8.    Hold office hours.
9.    Work with teaching team and with individual students as needed.

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must be currently enrolled as a graduate student in good standing at the University of Michigan and actively progressing toward an advanced degree in a health-related field or topic. Candidates must meet the language proficiency requirements set by the College of LSA. 

Desired Qualifications*

Interest in and/or experience with university living-learning programs. University-level teaching experience is strongly preferred.

Additional Information

Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions.

Contact Information

Sarah Stachura
Health Sciences Scholars Program
1300 East Ann St., Suite 1300
Couzens Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2016

Decision Making Process

An applicant may request the status of their application from the Health Sciences Scholars Program at any time after the submission of their application. HSSP will make reasonable efforts to extend offers to successful applicants by April 30, 2021. Offers will typically be extended at least twenty-one (21) calendar days prior to the start of employment.

Selection Process

Candidates from all health-related disciplines are encouraged to apply. Previous teaching experience or close work with undergraduate students is strongly preferred. Successful applicants should possess the ability to engage students in thoughtful classroom interaction, to work well with students from diverse backgrounds, and should feel comfortable assisting students in developing their critical thinking and analytical skills. Applicants should also possess a strong desire to work with first-year undergraduates and pre-health populations.  

Candidates must be available for several Tuesday evenings for Professional Autobiographies (usually 7-8pm or 8-9pm), lecture and discussion/lab sections of course, and 2 office hours per week (scheduled based on GSI availability). Other evening course-related events may be scheduled but will be done with advance notice. Candidates must also be available for weekly meetings with the HSSP faculty for curriculum planning. New GSIs will be expected to attend GSI Orientation.
Complete applications must be submitted through the UM jobs portal and received by the application deadline to be considered. 

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.

Standard Practice Guide 601.38, Required Disclosure of Felony Charges and/or Felony Convictions applies to all Graduate Student Assistants (GSAs). SPG 601.38 may be accessed online at , and its relation to your employment can be found in MOU 10 of your employment contract.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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