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How to Apply

In addition to applying via careers.umich.edu, interested applicants must submit via the DSI Executive Director (dsi-administration@umich.edu) a single .pdf document  

  • include your CV/resume
  • a cover letter that addresses the following questions:
    • What is your current area of research/study?
    • What inspires your interest in working as a Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSSA) to support the Digital IDEAS summer institute?
    • What academic and life experience do you have that could aid this project?
  • Your undergraduate academic transcript and course evaluations from any courses taught
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member who can speak to your relevant      experience and qualifications for this position

Course Description

The Digital Studies Institute (DSI) is recruiting a GSSA with 50% appointment effort (20 hours per week) for the 2021 Fall Term (with the potential to be renewed for Winter 2022 and Summer 2022). The GSSA will work very closely with the DSI Executive Director and Associate Director to coordinate all aspects of the summer 2022 Digital IDEAS summer institute.

Responsibilities*

Responsibilities will include facilitating the application and registration process, managing speaker logistics, event scheduling and coordination, communicating with attendees, facilitating the submission and copy editing of conference papers for publication, communicating with staff regarding website-related needs, and other responsibilities TBD.

Required Qualifications*

Graduate student at the University of Michigan. Applicant must be in good academic standing. A Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated experience in a program-related role. Exceptional editorial and writing skills; strong analytical skills; proven ability to strategically and creatively use technology to achieve departmental objectives.

The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to maintain a professional manner under stress, to set priorities while working on multiple projects, to maintain accuracy through repeated interruptions; to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to a diverse group including prospective and current students, faculty and staff. Excellent communication and customer service skills are mandatory. The candidate must be a self-starter; have excellent organizational skills; be able to set priorities and handle multiple assignments and deadlines; learn quickly; shows initiative; the desire to identify opportunities for changes to processes, procedures and duties; and a willingness to assume additional responsibilities. Experience and comfort working simultaneously for multiple stakeholders. Ability to work in a fast-paced and varied academic and program environment.

To be appointed as a GSI or GSSA, a graduate student must be in good standing in their degree program and for Terms I and II, must be registered for not less than six (6) credit hours. With written approval of the student's faculty advisor, five (5) credit hours may be acceptable.

Desired Qualifications*

Graduate study with research interests in technology and the humanities.

LSA student enrolled in a graduate program.

Contact Information

DSI Executive Director Marisa Olson (umarisa@umich.edu)

Decision Making Process

All applications will be submitted for review to the selecting official. After a review of the applications and possible interviews, the decision will be made by the selecting official.

Selection Process

Anticipated Offer date: early May 2021.

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.