Graduate Student Instructor in Anthropocene

Michigan, United States
30 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
14 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Part Time

How to Apply

Candidates should submit cover letter and CV through the UM job portal.

Course Description

Honors Core 232: The Anthropocene

Geologists have been evaluating a lot of scientific data to determine whether we have entered a new epoch – the Anthropocene. An age marked by the impact of humans on Earth's geological record. While this topic may seem to be one centered in geology, it is actually much broader. We will also look at the scientific data and delve into the fields of geology, ecology, evolutionary biology, chemistry, engineering and physics. In addition, we will consider the influence of choice, our cultural perspectives and how people from different places view the challenges and opportunities presented by living in the Anthropocene. We will ask whether we have a moral and ethical obligation to change the course. And we will consider the issues of who would pay the costs, reaching into the fields of economics and political science. We have two major expectations from every student in this class. We expect everyone to be seriously engaged with class. We expect each of you to occasionally go off on your own and really dig into some topics of interest. The entire purpose of this course is to provide a strong framework within which we can explore and navigate together the complexities of living in the Anthropocene.


The GSI will lead two discussion sections of the larger course, and will work closely with the course's faculty instructor to achieve the teaching and learning outcomes of the course. As part of the Honors Core Curriculum, this course introduces Honors students to the fields, questions and meta-questions, and methodologies of the Natural Sciences. This course is a discussion section of a large lecture course; the lead instructor of the course will provide regular guidance; GSIs will collaborate with her and other GSIs in the course, and instructors and GSIs from other Honors Core Courses. GSIs in the Honors Core are expected to participate in occasional events for Core courses.

Required Qualifications*

Good standing in a Ph.D. program in a relevant department.

Desired Qualifications*

Candidacy in a Ph.D. program in a relevant department; experience teaching natural science courses at UM or other college or university.

Contact Information

Contact Dr. Lisa Broome at with questions. Applications are due by December 17, 2018 but all positions may be filled by then.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Honors Program Associate Director who will make a hiring recommendation to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Honors Program Associate Director who will make a hiring recommendation to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

GEO Contract Information

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