GSSA for Rackham Public Scholarship and Doctoral Internship Programs - Fall 2023

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How to Apply

In addition to submitting your application through please email the following information to:

  • 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:


This position works with Rackham’s Professional Development and Engagement Team to assist with implementing Rackham’s Public Scholarship programs and Doctoral Intern Fellowship programs. The role reports the Senior Program Manager for Internships & Public Scholarship, and will also work closely with the Program Specialist for Doctoral Internships. The role will be shaped in consultation with the selected candidate around the areas and needs below: 

To support Rackham’s public scholarship programs, the GSSA will assist with design, implementation, facilitation, and evaluation of Rackham’s public scholarship programs, including Public Scholarship Grants, Institute for Social Change, and the Engaged Pedagogy Initiative. The GSSA will also assist with developing and implementing new program ideas, summarizing program evaluation data for reporting, and updating content for our website. 

To support Rackham’s growing doctoral internship program, the GSSA will research program models and develop the content and curriculum for an asynchronous professional development course for students holding doctoral intern fellowships (experience with instructional design would be beneficial).  The GSSA will also assist with the set up and on-going data entry for an internship posting system, compile annual internship data, and analyze employment outcome data for students who completed internships as part of the program. 

This GSSA position is ideal for those who are interested in program administration/management, public engagement in higher education, community-based learning and research, outreach, career diversity for Ph.D. programs, and the civic responsibility of public higher education. 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.

Appointment Period: Fall 2022 (This position is for one term with renewal 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.


  • Contribute to learning experience design and content development for asynchronous and synchronous workshops and learning modules for Rackham’s Doctoral Intern Fellowship Program.
  • Use knowledge and expertise related to public scholarship, community-based learning, and professional development to review program applications, review student work, and participate in program planning meetings.
  • Contribute to on-going qualitative research, evaluation, and analysis of program data, including conducting interviews and focus groups with current students and alumni to shape future programming directions.
  • Create evaluation and metrics for public scholarship programs including Engaged Pedagogy Initiative, Public Scholarship Grants, and Institute for Social Change.
  • Assist with developing content, facilitating sessions, and evaluating student work for the Engaged Pedagogy Initiative.
  • Plan and implement public scholarship events for graduate students, such as Institute for Social Change, public scholarship career treks, etc. 
  • Research faculty and practitioners for participation in programs and panels (examine research and areas interest to assess alignment with RPPS mission, goals, and scholarly content).
  • Create and facilitate sessions for the Institute for Social Change, and develop new program and workshop ideas where the GSSA’s interests overlap with the mission and vision of the Rackham Program in Public Scholarship and Professional Development and Engagement team. 
  • Organize, review, and provide feedback for applicants to Rackham’s Public Scholarship Grant program.
  • Review public scholarship website and draft updates for communications team. 
  • Research models for professional development courses for internship programs, including doctoral internship programs
  • Data entry and management related to internships using 12Twenty
  • Track required internship paperwork
  • Compile annual internship data for institutional records and reporting purposes
  • Analyze employment outcomes for doctoral students who participated in Rackham’s internship program

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.

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

  • Strong background knowledge of public scholarship, experiential learning, internships, and professional development
  • Experience with some or all of the following:  experiential learning programs, instructional design, and publicly engaged scholarship (research, teaching or service)
  • Ability to handle multiple, overlapping projects and tasks
  • Ability to collaborate effectively on a team
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, prioritization, and follow-through
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work and communicate effectively and professionally with the University community as well as external community partners
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently, as the task requires

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with instructional design and/or curriculum development. 
  • Familiarity and experience with Rackham’s Public Scholarship programs and Doctoral Internship programs. 
  • Experience with issues in graduate education, student development, leadership development, and diversity issues in higher education
  • An understanding of the challenges faced by underrepresented populations in higher education
  • Project and program management experience
  • Previous experience developing professional development resource materials
  • Experience facilitating professional development programs and group conversations.

How You'll Grow

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

  • Develop and manage public scholarship and professional development programs in a higher education setting.
  • Create a draft curriculum for professional development course designed for students completing doctoral internships. 
  • Develop knowledge of career outcomes, needs, and paths of graduate students.
  • Gain experience facilitating workshops.
  • 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  Applicants 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. References will be contacted for finalists.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed following the posting deadline and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. References will be contacted for finalists.

Joseph Cialdella, Sr. Program Manager /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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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.

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