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How to Apply

In addition to to applying via careers.umich.edu, applications must be submitted through the Interfolio system via this link: apply.interfolio.com/88335.  

*If you experience problems uploading your file due to size limitations, you may email the additional documents to orgstudies.gsi.search@umich.edu.

Application Deadline: July 5, 2021

Applicants must include with this application the following materials:

1)  a cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for the position

2)  a resume or curriculum vita

3)  teaching history (list course and department)

4)  any available teaching evaluations

5)  a list of your financial support history at the University (how many terms of financial support received

      to date by term/year, department, description, appointment fraction)

Course Description

ORGSTUDY 295.  Organizational Wrongdoing (Dr. Lisa Fein)

Hardly a day goes by when organizational wrongdoing is not among the headlines—from the misuse of data and sports scandals to interpersonal behaviors such as cheating and sexual misconduct. In this course, we will address these issues, among others, as we examine wrongdoing in and by organizations. We will explore the structural and cultural conditions that increase the likelihood of misconduct, as well as the steps that organizations can take to prevent such behavior. While some misconduct discussed in the course is the result of greed or the desire to do harm, we will also consider how wrongdoing can be unintentional or a product of benign organizational practices that can be avoided. To this end, we will ask why ethical people sometimes engage in unethical behavior.

Anticipated Class Schedule: T/Th 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Estimated effort for the positions: 1 GSI position (.087 FTE)

Benefits: Tuition waiver and stipend as provided in UM/GEO Agreement

Responsibilities*

  • Attend class lectures or read material (TBD)
  • Meet with the instructor for the course on a regular basis
  • Grade and offer extensive comments on 2 assignments – a take-home midterm and a 3-5 page memo – within the timeframe specified by the professor

Required Qualifications*

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. Candidate must be in a U-M graduate program for at least one year prior to Winter 2021. Graduate student in good standing with a background in sociology, psychology, or other social sciences field.

In compliance with Appendix A of the 2017-2020 UM/GEO agreement (see pp. 106-109 of the UM/GEO agreement), the College of LSA requires that potential GSIs whose undergraduate medium of instruction is not English be evaluated for effective proficiency in classroom English. Effective proficiency includes fluent and intelligible speech, the ability to understand the English spoken by the undergraduate students, the ability to produce organized, coherent explanations, and the ability to contribute to the development of interactions with their students. As part of the training and testing, graduate students are required to demonstrate their effective proficiency by taking the GSI-OET conducted by independent evaluators from the Testing Division at the English Language Institute and a faculty representative from the department in which the prospective GSI will be teaching.

Desired Qualifications*

Social Science (e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, or Economics) or related professional school (e.g. Business, Policy, Education, Law) graduate student preferred.  PhD student preferred, but not required.  Applicants with teaching or grading experience preferred, but such experience is not necessary. Coursework in organizational theory and/or organizational behavior preferred.

LSA student enrolled in a graduate program.

Contact Information

orgstudies.gsi.search@umich.edu

Decision Making Process

All applications will be submitted for review to the faculty member teaching the course.  After review of applications and possible interviews, the decisions will be made by the professor of the course.

Selection Process

Selection criteria include strong interest in the subject matter, merit, experience, other training or experience which may be required and explicit to the teaching goals/requirements of a specific course, applicant's previous receipt of financial aid, availability of funding, and relevance to graduate training.  Estimated date for offers to be extended: week of July 19. 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.