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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, clearly state your demonstrated commitment to DEI issues, along with your professional and academic interest in DEI in the academic context. It should also outline your skills and experience that directly relate to this position, and define how the position fulfills a degree requirement or is academically relevant to the candidate’s degree program. In addition two faculty references (email or letter), resume or cv, and copy of graduate transcripts. Candidates should also be prepared to provide a brief writing sample upon advancement in the application process.

Course Description

The College of Pharmacy seeks a Graduate Student Staff Assistant, whose work will focus on the College’s strategic plan, specifically development of the College’s value statements, and supporting inclusive teaching portion of the anti-racism initiative within the College. The GSSA will work collaboratively with, and under the direct supervision of, the College’s chief officer for diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition to supporting the college in making substantial progress in these areas, the GSSA will also be mentored by Dr. McClinton in the area of DEI work in academia and have opportunities for professional development.

Responsibilities*

  • Identify best practices in anti-racism teaching
  • Work with stakeholders to identify anti-racism teaching goals
  • Assess faculty readiness for anti-racism work
  • Co-lead meetings with Dr. McClinton to support faculty in creating inclusive curriculum
  • Work with Dr. McClinton to create an assessment of trainings to determine programming effectiveness
  • Work with stakeholders to identify the College’s existing values
  • Review value statements from other pharmacy schools and universities
  • Work with stakeholders in developing the College’s values
  • Co-lead meetings on the development of the College’s values
  • Work with Dr. McClinton and stakeholders to create inclusive teaching trainings for GSIs

Required Qualifications*

  • This position must fulfill a degree requirement OR be considered academically relevant by the department or degree program in which the degree is being pursued. Verification of this must be submitted with the application
  • Advance knowledge of and experience utilizing Microsoft Office programs, Google Apps (e.g. spreadsheet, documents, etc.) and M+Box or Drop Box
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative research
  • Able to revise, write and edit a variety of written communications (emails, documents, web content, reports, posts for social media outlets)
  • Excellent communication, writing, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks in a timely manner, and to work both independently and as part of a collaborative group.
  • Good interpersonal skills.

Desired Qualifications*

Contact Information

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Decision Making Process

Applications will be reviewed following the posting deadline and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. References will be contacted for finalists. We expect to make a decision by August 16, 2021.

Selection Process

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.