ELI 994 College Teaching in the U.S.: Pedagogy, Culture and Language

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How to Apply

In order to be considered, interested applicants must complete both of the following steps (Incomplete applications will not be processed):

  1. Apply to Job Opening ID# 234600 through the U-M Jobs portal.
  2. Email a cover letter,  CV, and references as a single PDF document to ELI-Hiring@umich.edu

Your emailed application must consist of one pdf file with the following required documents in this order.

  1. A cover letter. Your letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills, education, and experience related directly to it. If you have experience in ELI 994, please describe your role in 994, including when you had this experience. If you have served as a GSI at U-M, please provide the course title, number, term, and faculty instructor for each course taught.
  2. A current academic CV 
  3. Names and email addresses of at least two professional references

Who We Are

About the English Language Institute

The English Language Institute was established in 1941 as the first university-based English language research and teaching program in the United States. The ELI is a unit of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts which provides language, academic, and intercultural instruction to members of the University of Michigan community.

The core of ELI?s offerings consists of a full range of credit-bearing English for Academic Purposes courses for international students. We also offer a comprehensive program of language and pedagogy courses for prospective and current graduate student instructors (GSIs), ESL/EFL teacher education courses for students interested in teaching English in local communities or abroad, and full-time summer intensive programs for students who have been accepted into degree programs at the University of Michigan or other US institutions of higher education.

Additional ELI support services include writing and speaking clinics and studios that provide one-on-one language and academic support; courses for visiting scholars, researchers, faculty, staff, and postdocs; and a volunteer Conversation Circles program which provides opportunities for international students to practice speaking English in an informal setting and for domestic U-M students to learn about other cultures.

Course Description

ELI 994 in the summer is a three-week intensive course designed to prepare graduate students for teaching as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) in the  College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) . The course is for students who do not have a four-year English-medium undergraduate education and who have been or will be nominated for GSI appointments in a department in LSA . The course is offered jointly by the English Language Institute (ELI) and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT). The course includes sessions on pedagogy, classroom discourse, and practice teaching. 

In the Summer 2023 term, ELI 994 will be offered in person. 2023 Course Dates: (July 19-August 8)


The GSI will have direct interactions with enrolled students and course instructors. Effort will be approximately 40 hours/week during the three weeks of the course (July 19-August 8) and 20 hours/week during the two weeks prior to the course start (July 3-July 18) for pre-course planning. Duties may vary, but will  include the following: co-teaching sections, holding office hours, meeting with and assisting the course instructors, and providing feedback during practice teaching sessions. The GSI will also meet with students who miss class to review missed material.

Required Qualifications*

  • Current graduate students in good standing at the University of Michigan 
  • Prior GSI or other relevant teaching experience with favorable teaching evaluations 
  • For students who did not complete all four years of their undergraduate education at an English-medium institution, a passing score on the GSI-OET or a waiver from the GSI-OET

Desired Qualifications*

  • Prior experience in ELI 994
  • GSI experience in the College of LSA
  • Preference will be given to applicants enrolled in LSA graduate programs

Union Affiliation

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.

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 will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Contact Information

Send inquiries to ELI-hiring@umich.edu

Decision Making Process

The ELI 994 faculty coordinator will review applications and recommend qualified candidates to the department. The ELI Director makes the final offers. Anticipated Decision Making Date: July 1, 2023.

Selection Process

Selection criteria include prior GSI or other relevant teaching experience, and other training or experience relevant to the content of ELI 994. Estimated date for an offer to be extended: July 1 2023. 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 https://oie.umich.edu/ and for the University Ombuds at https://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 https://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.