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How to Apply

Please submit a single file attachment (PDF) with the following materials:

  • Cover letter addressing your interest in this position and your skills and experiences that directly relate to the responsibilities and qualifications described below.
  • Current resume or CV, including your teaching history.
  • Teaching evaluations: Applicants who have held a GSI or other teaching appointment at U-M or other institutions should attach instructor evaluations from all courses previously taught.
  • The name and contact information of at least one reference who can comment on your qualifications for this position, including classroom performance and your ability to cultivate an inclusive learning community.
  • Applications and supporting materials must be submitted through the U-M jobs website.

Course Description

ALA 164—A Whirlwind Tour of the Liberal Arts—is designed to welcome first-year and new transfer students to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA), introduce them to the breadth and depth of the liberal arts, and support them in engaging co-curricular opportunities to explore and develop their interests. This is a graded course that counts for three credits of interdisciplinary distribution credit. The course is structured around a three-hour module each week, including roughly three modules from each of the college's divisions (natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities). Each module will integrate three hour-long segments as follows:

  1.  an asynchronously delivered video or podcast produced by an LSA faculty member, introducing their research and professional story;
  2.  a small (approximately 15 students) discussion section led by a GSI; and
  3.  a follow-up conversation between the course enrollment and the guest faculty member.

An important purpose of the discussion sections is to ease students' first-year transition by building an inclusive community that fosters a strong sense of belonging. We hope to enroll several hundred students, requiring a team of GSIs to lead up to three discussion sections each.

Course Description—Come re-imagine the world with us! Here in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA), we push the boundaries of what is understood about human existence and the natural world, and we do so across an incredibly wide range of fields and disciplines. In this introductory “whirlwind tour,” you will meet some of the top faculty in LSA, who will share the questions that keep them up at night and discoveries they have made that changed our understanding of the world. We hope these stories will surprise you with ways of seeing the world you might not have encountered before and spark your curiosity about new questions. These faculty members will also share advice about how to get the most out of your college experience, stories about how they found their majors, reflections on what they would do differently if they could do college again, and more. We want this to be a fun and inspiring way for you to begin your college experience in LSA.


For each weekly module, tasks will include:

  1. Reviewing an hour-long video or podcast recorded by a guest faculty member;
  2. Preparing for and leading classroom discussions (up to three sections of roughly 15 students each);
  3. Providing thoughtful and personalized written feedback on students' reflective writing and other assignments;
  4. Holding weekly office hours to support students’ learning and connect them to LSA faculty, co-curricular opportunities, and resources to develop their interests;
  5. Collaborating with the course lecturer and other GSIs to enhance student learning and foster mutual support within the GSI team;

These tasks promote overall goals of the position such as:

  1. Cultivating an inclusive learning environment that fosters safety, respect, trust, sense of belonging, and community among diverse students;
  2. Helping students explore interdisciplinary course content in relation to their background and interests;
  3. Encouraging students to leverage the course to develop their academic, career, and life aspirations;
  4. Providing personalized course support - especially to students in underserved populations and students with special needs for support.

Required Qualifications*

Candidates must be an active graduate student in good standing. Priority will be given to applicants in this order: LSA students enrolled in a graduate program, followed by all other qualified graduate students.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary studies across the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities;
  • Demonstrated success cultivating non-hierarchical, inclusive communities that foster students' sense of belonging;
  • Experience working with culturally diverse groups;
  • Experience facilitating classroom dialogue, particularly on social justice topics;
  • Demonstrated commitment to a pedagogy of care, anti-racist pedagogy, inclusive teaching methods, and/or trauma informed teaching;
  • Familiarity with departments, programs, and resources in LSA and U-M.

Contact Information

Contact Dr. Marybeth Bauer at with questions.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the coordinating Lecturer (Dr. Marybeth Bauer, who will make a hiring recommendation to the lead instructor (LSA Associate Dean Dr. Tim McKay). Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the coordinating Lecturer (Dr. Marybeth Bauer, who will make a hiring recommendation to LSA Associate Dean Dr. Tim McKay. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

Review of applications will be on a rolling basis, contingent upon course enrollment.


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.