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How to Apply

Interested applicants must complete both of the following steps:

  1. Apply to Job Opening ID# 195751 through the U-M Jobs portal.
  2. E-mail a cover letter, CV, and references as a single PDF document to: ELI-Hiring@umich.edu

Your emailed application must consist of one PDF file with the following required documents, in this order.

  1. A cover letter. Your letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills, education, and experience related directly to it. If you have experience in ELI 994, please describe your role in 994, including when you had this experience. If you have served as a GSI at U-M, please provide the course title, number, term, and faculty instructor for each course taught.
  2. Your CV
  3. Names and email addresses of at least two professional references.

Who We Are

The English Language Institute was established in 1941 as the first university-based English language research teaching program in the United States. The ELI is a unit of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) which provides language, academic, and intercultural instruction to members of the University of Michigan community.

The core of ELI's offerings consists of a full range of credit-bearing English for Academic Purposes courses for international students. We also offer a comprehensive program of language and pedagogy courses for prospective and current graduate student instructors (GSIs), ESL/EFL teaching education courses for students interested in teaching English in local communities or abroad, and full-time summer intensive programs for students who have been accepted into degree programs at the University of Michigan or other US institutions or higher education.

Additional ELI support services include writing and speaking clinics and studios that provide one-on-one language and academic support; courses for visiting scholars, researchers, faculty, staff, and postdocs; and a volunteer Conversation Circles program which provides opportunities for international students to practice speaking English in an informal setting and for domestic U-M students to learn about other cultures.

Course Description

ELI 994 is a two-credit course designed to prepare graduate students for teaching as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) at U-M. The course is for students who do not have a four-year English-medium undergraduate education and who have been for GSI appointments in a department in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA). The course is offered jointly by the English Language Institute (ELI) and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT). The course includes sessions on pedagogy, classroom discourse, and practice teaching. In the Summer 2021 term, ELI 994 will be offered fully online.

Summer 2021 Course Dates: July 21 - August 10, 2021.

Responsibilities*

This is a 50% Summer Half-term appointment. The GSI will work closely with the 994 coordinator on all facets of planning and implementing the course. Effort will be approximately 40 hours/week during the three weeks of the course (July 21-August 10 and 20 hours/week during the two weeks prior to the course start (July 5-July 20). Duties may vary, but will include the following: co-teaching sessions, holding virtual offices hours, meeting with and assisting the course instructors, providing feedback during practice teaching sessions and both scheduling and monitoring the undergraduate program consultants who participate as students in practice teaching and give feedback to the 994 student instructors. The GSI will also meet with excused absent students to review missed material. Pre-course planning and meeting attendance will also be required, as determined in consultation with the ELI coordinator.

Required Qualifications*

  • Current graduate student in good standing at the University of Michigan
  • Prior GSI or other relevant teaching experience with favorable teaching evaluations
  • For students who did not complete all four years of their undergraduate education at an English-medium institution - A passing score on the GSI-OET or a waiver from the GSI-OET

Desired Qualifications*

  • Prior Experience in ELI 994
  • GSI experience in the College of LSA
  • Preference will be given to applicants enrolled in LSA graduate programs

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Contact Information

Send inquiries to ELI-hiring@umich.edu

Send inquiries to ELI-hiring@umich.edu

Decision Making Process

The ELI 994 faculty coordinator will review applications and recommend qualified candidates to the department. The ELI Director makes the final offers.

Anticipated Decision Making Date: July 1, 2021.

Selection Process

Selection criteria include prior GSI or other relevant teaching experience, and other training or experience relevant to the content of ELI 994.

Estimated date for an offer to be extended: July 1, 2021.

Applicants may request the status of their application from the program at any 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.


Information for the Office for Institutional Equity may be found at oie.umich.edu/ and for the University Ombuds at ombuds.umich.edu/


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 spg.umich.edu/policy/601.38 , 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.