GSI - Winter 2022

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How to Apply

Applicants must apply and submit material through Include as one PDF document:

1)     A cover letter addressing

·         interest and qualifications for the course, and

·         the section times you would be available

2)     A resume or curriculum vita

3)     Unofficial UM transcript

4)     Previous UM teaching evaluations or teaching history, as applicable

Completed applications will be due by Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

Course Description

The Philosophy Department is looking to hire up to 7 GSIs in the Winter 2022 term to lead discussion sections for faculty-led lectures in the following courses:

  • PHIL 101 (Introduction to Philosophy), 2 sections
  • PHIL 110 (Introduction to Ethics), 2 sections
  • PHIL 183 (Critical Reasoning), 2 sections
  • PHIL 250 (Changing the World), 2 sections
  • PHIL 275 (Moral Puzzles, Inner Conflicts), 2 sections
  • PHIL 340 (Minds and Machines), 2 sections
  • PHIL 361 (Ethics), 2 sections


  • Attend all lectures and exams for your preferred course. (Exam times TBD. Verify your own course schedule against the schedule for the course to which you are applying as a GSI. All GSIs are required to attend the lecture and discussion times as posted.)
  • Run two or three discussion sections (times TBD from list of scheduled sections; see links above). Note that both lecture and discussions sections are scheduled as in-person instruction.
  • Hold at least 2 office hours each week.
  • Grade assignments, per lead faculty instruction.
  • Additional items listed in fraction calculation form

Required Qualifications*

  • Enrolled in good standing as a graduate student at the University of Michigan
  • Available to teach the scheduled section times
  • Have previously taken these courses or equivalent courses, and have demonstrated expertise and interest in subject area
  • Experience with Canvas
  • Completed basic courses, or have experience, in Philosophy or a closely related field
  • If the language of instruction at a student’s undergraduate institution was not English, they must be evaluated by the English Language Institute (ELI) for English proficiency and either pass the GSI-OET or have this test waived by the ELI before they can be eligible for a GSI appointment in LS&A.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Previous experience teaching courses in philosophy is desired
  • Previous experience as a GSI is desired

Contact Information

Carson Maynard, Graduate Coordinator:

Decision Making Process

The course instructor will make the hiring decisions in consultation with the Department Chair. Offers will be extended by December 16.

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed, and decisions made, based on each applicant’s knowledge, experience, and past teaching record. Preferential consideration will be given to applicants:

  • from the Philosophy Department’s PhD program to whom a GSI position has been promised as part of a financial package
  • with relevant academic preparation for teaching the course material
  • with previous experience teaching courses in Philosophy
  • whose field of study has relevance to Philosophy

GEO Contract Information

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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.

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