GSSA for Professional Development & Engagement Instructional Design - Summer and Fall 2023

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How to Apply

In addition to submitting your application through http://careers.umich.edu/ please email the following information to: rack-prof-dev@umich.edu

  • A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and must be attached as the first page of your resume. The letter should address your specific interest in and fit with this GSSA position. Please include your University Department/Program affiliation and year in graduate studies.
  • Contact information (email and phone) for three to five professional references
  • A letter or email from your academic advisor confirming that:
    •  you are in good academic standing
    • you are not on fellowship support
    • the work described below fulfills your degree requirement or is considered academically relevant to the degree you are pursuing
    • you are approved for a 50% appointment (PLEASE NOTE: this letter may be submitted separately to: rack-prof-dev@umich.edu)

Summary

The Rackham Graduate School seeks a workshop instructional design assistant to serve as a member of the Professional Development and Engagement (PDE) team. PDE is seeking a doctoral student to support the design of several asynchronous workshops using Canvas, as well as co-facilitation of our most requested graduate student workshops. The workshop assistant will contribute to designing asynchronous Canvas modules for PDE workshop series and other professional development programs with Canvas learning modules. The workshop assistant will also co-facilitate synchronous workshops (virtually and in-person) as needed with PDE staff.

Because we are committed to diversity, we aspire to develop and nurture the individual and collective skills to recognize, celebrate, and deploy difference as a path to engagement, innovation, and the generation of new ideas and knowledge.

To learn more about the Rackham Graduate School visit https://rackham.umich.edu/

Appointment Period:  Summer 2023 (Beginning June 28, 2023) through Fall 2023 (Renewal for Winter 2024 contingent upon completion of performance expectations and available funding).

Estimated FTE: 50% (20 hours per week)

Compensation: This appointment provides tuition, required fees, stipend (at the GEO negotiated GSSA monthly rate), GradCare health insurance, and dental insurance (Option 1).

Course Description

This posting is for a GSSA position-no course is associated with it.

Responsibilities*

  • Instructional design of content for asynchronous Canvas workshops on professional development topics and programs (e.g., CV writing, DEI Certificate topics, strategies for managing impostorism, future faculty job search topics, preparing for diverse careers, searching and applying to internships, etc.)
  • Edit and improve online learning materials for existing PDE Canvas workshops.
  • Work with PDE managers and Rackham subject matter experts to articulate learning outcomes for workshops and assist PDE managers in selection of appropriate instructional strategies for online workshops.
  • Design learning activities, assignments and assessments for Canvas workshops.
  • Deploy instructional content for online and hybrid workshops.
  • Create interactive media content and other supporting material (audio, video, discussions, etc.) for Canvas workshops.
  • Build content modules in Canvas.
  • Support “Designing Your Life” seminar series instructional design and implementation. This includes updating seminar materials on Canvas and co-facilitating sessions as needed.
  • Maintain project documentation and course folders for all Canvas workshops.
  • Integrate digital badging using Badgr for asynchronous Canvas workshops and Designing Your Life series.
  • Program design for workshops and additional programs related to impostorism, including research on impostorism.
  • Creation of instructional materials for impostorism related workshops and programs.
  • Workshop co-facilitation of impostorism workshop and related programs with Rackham PDE staff.
  • Design and lead workshops (1-2) related to career and professional development in GSSA’s area of expertise/interest.
  • Work with the Director of Professional and Academic Development to create new program and workshop ideas, including ideas where the GSSA’s interests overlap with the mission and vision of Rackham Graduate School.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed and are not an exhaustive list of all associated responsibilities.

NOTE: SOME FLEXIBILITY OF SCHEDULED WORK HOURS IS REQUIRED, INCLUDING EVENINGS OR WEEKENDS ON A PRIOR SCHEDULED BASIS.

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must be currently registered in a Rackham graduate program. Preference will be given to doctoral students who have reached candidacy. Students who are unsure if they are in a Rackham graduate program should check their graduate program listing in http://www.rackham.umich.edu/programs-of-study.

  • 1 year minimum instructional design experience
  • 1 year minimum experience teaching (e.g., GSI experience) and/or facilitating workshops
  • Lesson and curriculum planning skills
  • Experience and proficiency creating Canvas courses and learning modules
  • Ability to write effective instructional text and audio/video scripts
  • Expertise in impostorism scholarship and related concepts

Desired Qualifications*

  • 2-3 years experience teaching and/or facilitating workshops

  • 2-3 years instructional design experience

  • Knowledge of instructional design theories and methods, such as universal design and backwards course design

How You'll Grow

The GSSA position will strengthen professional competencies in the following areas:

  • Instructional design
  • Workshop facilitation
  • Online instruction
  • Best practices in graduate student success
  • Community-building in higher education environments
  • Student should be able to present a proposal/paper regarding their experience at a local/regional conference in their field.

Contact Information

Questions regarding this position may be emailed to rack-prof-dev@umich.eduApplicants may request the status of their application from the appointing unit.

Decision Making Process

Applications will be reviewed following the posting deadline and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Selected candidates will be asked to provide an example of a Canvas course or learning module that they created. References will be contacted for finalists.

Laura Schram, Director of Professional Development and Engagement is leading this search.

Every effort will be made to have a hiring decision by February 20, 2023.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed following the posting deadline and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Selected candidates will be asked to provide an example of a Canvas course or learning module that they created. References will be contacted for finalists.

Laura Schram, Director of Professional Development and Engagement is leading this search.

Every effort will be made to have a hiring decision by February 20, 2023.

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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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.


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