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How to Apply

Please submit in a single document:

  • Cover letter - please address your specific interest in this position. Please include your interest in both the teaching and administrative aspects of the position. 
  • Current CV
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and experience teaching
  • Evidence of teaching excellence
  • Sample Syllabi

Application and supporting materials must be submitted through the UM jobs website in a single document. Please address applications to:

Donna Rich Kaplowitz, Co-Director 

The Program on Intergroup Relations 
University of Michigan 
1214 S. University, Suite B 
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-2592 

If you experience submission difficulties, you may also send your materials to Dr. Kaplowitz via Lori Sherman, IGR Administrator, at Please note “IGR Lecturer III position” in the subject line.

Job Summary

The Program on Intergroup Relations invites applications for a full time academic year position as a Lecturer III to begin Fall Term 2022, to teach two courses each semester plus administrative duties in lieu of one course per semester. (Regular, full time teaching load is three courses per semester). IGR courses are housed in the Applied Liberal Arts (ALA) division of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and are often cross-listed with Psychology and Sociology. There may be additional opportunities for spring/summer teaching or administrative duties. The lecturer will teach any of the following courses, and may propose new courses. More information about these courses can be found here. Additional duties in lieu of one course per semester are described below.

ALA 220: Foundations of Intergroup Relations 

ALA 320: Processes of Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation 

ALA 321: Practicum in Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation 

ALA 323: Directed Study

ALA 324: Facilitation for Effective Leadership 

ALA 329: IGR Research Practicum


The candidate will provide classroom instruction to undergraduate students in an interdisciplinary liberal arts program. Lecturers are expected to attend course meetings, hold office hours, and handle routine matters related to instruction. 

Additional duties include participation in unit, college- and university-wide activities. 

  • Coordinate student learning around qualitative and quantitative research and community-based learning in intergroup dialogue work. This position will work in conjunction with IGR staff and faculty, as well as others on campus, including UROP, to develop a master plan for student intergroup relations research and also collaborate with other U-M programs, units, schools and colleges to expand opportunities for community-based learning for IGR students. 
  • This position will support extending dialogic learning by serving as a co-facilitator of our Community of Scholars (CoS) program. CoS is an IGR program that builds capacity across campus to introduce dialogic techniques into work and classroom settings.
  • This position will create and teach an alternative independent study program (ALA 323) for students who have gone through our training course and need additional scaffolding prior to peer facilitation.

Additional Responsibilities: 

  • Serve as an academic advisor for the IGR minor.
  • Serve on the IGR Research Committee.
  • Serve on the IGR Curriculum Committee.
  • Participate in selecting student peer facilitators.
  • Maintain a professional and academic knowledge-base including theory, new research, trends, and best practices in intergroup relations, diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education Establish/provide an inclusive classroom climate. 
  • Possible travel on behalf of IGR to other universities to consult in establishing intergroup dialogue programs nationally.
  • Mentor undergraduate students in small to medium-sized research projects.
  • While a scholarly profile is not required for Lec III positions, there are many opportunities for scholarship related to research and writing about intergroup dialogues, pedagogical innovations, and partnership innovations. With IGR’s Working Paper Series, the new Lecturer III will be encouraged to work with undergraduates to write for the series that may lead to publication as book chapters or in refereed journals. 

Required Qualifications*

  • The candidate must hold a terminal degree in Psychology, Education, Sociology, Social Work, or in a closely related field. An MA in Educational Psychology, Social Work, or a related field is required. A Ph.D. is preferred.
  • 3 years experience working in a an academic student setting.
  • Experience working with diverse student population.
  • The candidate must have experience with teaching courses devoted to intergroup relations theory and intergroup dialogue pedagogy and in working with a variety of culturally and ethnically diverse populations. 
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and excellent oral and written communication, attention to detail.
  • Ability to collaborate and work well with students, faculty and staff from a wide-range of experiences and identities.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. in related field.
  • Substantial experience in intergroup dialogue pedagogy, social justice education and experiential teaching. xpertise in intergroup relations theory and intergroup dialogue pedagogy.
  • Experience working with quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Demonstrated commitment to partnerships between academic and student life.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with multiple projects and prioritize deadlines.
  • Ability to oversee research projects.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

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.

Selection Process

The deadline for applications is Thursday, September 30, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately after the deadline and continue until the position is filled. The estimated date to extend an offer is December 13, 2021.

Applications will be selected based upon demonstrated subject matter expertise, successful performance in the classroom, ability to complete administrative tasks competently, and the needs of the department. Expected Start Date: August 29, 2022. 

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.