Graduate Student Instructor

Michigan, United States
29 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Part Time

How to Apply

Please send a single document containing:

  1. Current CV or resume (must include name, address, contact information, current graduate program)
  2. (Optional) teaching evaluations

Important: You can only submit one document with your application. The name of the file you upload MUST contain your full name. After submitting an application, applicants should fill out the Application Supplement form here in lieu of a cover letter:

Course Description

Winter 2019

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) for Math 489 Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers

Current research in mathematics education highlights the importance of elementary teachers' math content knowledge in carrying out their teaching duties. Math 385/489 is a two semester math content sequence required for all elementary education majors. It aims to provide the students with a deep understanding of the structures and concepts behind elementary mathematics. Both courses in the sequence are part of the IBL program in the math department and are taught using group work, student presentations, and projects. In Winter 2019, Math 489 will have two sections: MW 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM and MW 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM. The core material in Math 489 is proportional reasoning, geometry, and their connections. Here is an example of a problem from the course: "A hospital claims that over 80% of its patients spend less than two nights in the hospital. However, on any given day, over 80% of the patients interviewed claim they've been in the hospital for over one month. (a) Is somebody lying? (b) Is this surprising? Why or why not? (c) If you wanted to write a survey to better understand the 'typical' hospital overnight experience, what would you need to keep in mind in giving your survey?"


This is a 50% GSI position. The anticipated workload is 16.5 to 20 hours per week. The GSI will work closely with the instructor on all facets of the course in order to help meet student needs. Duties include but are not limited to the following: collaborate with instructor to revise worksheets and homework, contribute exam problems and help edit exams, attend classes to help facilitate group work, prepare and deliver some lessons, hold three office hours per week, assist with grading of homework and exams, meet with instructor regularly, administrative tasks (copying, etc.)

Required Qualifications*

  • Graduate student in good standing in the University
  • Previous experience as a GSI, with favorable student evaluations
  • Previous experience teaching courses in Mathematics

Desired Qualifications*

Graduate level coursework in Mathematics

Contact Information

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Decision Making Process

Applications should be submitted by November 15, 2018.

Selection Process

Selection Criteria will include:

  • Relevant academic preparation for teaching the course material
  • Extent of prior instructional experience
  • Relevance to graduate training
  • GEO Contract Information

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