Graduate Student Instructor, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

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Michigan, United States
09 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Part Time

How to Apply

       1. Interested applicants should submit an application through the UM Jobs portal at

  • Political Science PhD students and UM students who have worked as a GSI in the department need NOT submit a CV or cover letter.
  • Students not enrolled in the Political Science phD program, or who not worked as a GSI in the dept within the past five years must also submit a cover letter as the first page of the CV, addressing their specific interest in the position.  Cover letters should be addressed to the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science.

       2. Applicants MUST also identify courses that they prefer to teach, and rank these preferences by completing this online form.  Applications without ranked preferences will not be considered.

Indicating a preference to teach a course does NOT guarantee that you will be assigned to teach that course. Also by indicating a course as a preference, you are also indicating that you are available to teach all sections of that course, and attend all lectures (as required by the instructor).

Course Description

GSI positions are available for the following courses. Full course descriptions and schedules for the following courses (including sections) can be found on the LSA Course Guide.

All positions are full, or 50%, appointments unless otherwise specified. Instructor name is listed next to course title.

Regular Instructional GSIs

  • PS 101 - Intro to Political Theory (LaVaque-Manty) - 50% and 60% positions available
  • PS 111 - Intro to American Politics (Shipan)
  • PS 140 - Intro to Comparative Politics (Markovits)
  • PS 160 - Intro to World Politics (Morrow)
  • PS 311 - American Political Process (Kollman)
  • PS 339 - Evolution of Communism (Gallagher)
  • PS 352 - How to be an Autocrat (Hassan)
  • PS 369 - International Economic Relations (Joshi)
  • PS 389.040 - Topics: Sexual Violence and War (Nordaas)
  • PS 490 - Game Theory and Formal Models (Dincecco)
  • PS 514 - Social Science Computer Programs (TBD)
  • PS 681 - Intermediate Game Theory (Page) – this is a 60% position
  • PS 699 - Statistical Methods in Political Research II (Titiunik) – this is a 60% position
  • PS 798 - Advanced Topics in Quantitative Methodology: Bayesian Methods in Political Science (Shiraito)
  • PS 799 - Advanced Topics in Quantitative Methodology: Empirical Methods (Titiunik) 

Courses that meet LSA Upper Level Writing Requirement (ULWR)*

  • *These GSI assignments require either previous or concurrent enrollment in WRITING 993: Teaching Writing in the Disciplines. This is a 1-credit offered by the Sweetland Writing Center.
  • *PS 318 - American Constitutional Politics (Zeisberg) - ULWR
  • *PS 320 - American Presidency (Lowande) – ULWR
  • *PS 333 - Comparative Elections and Election Reform (Hicken) - ULWR
  • *PS 348 - Political Economy of Development (Min) - ULWR
  • *PS 381 – Political Science Research Design (Jones) – ULWR
  • *PS 389.005 - Topics: Political Law and Election Law (Chen) - ULWR
  • *PS 401 - Feminist Political Theory (Manuel) - ULWR
  • *PS 402 - Liberalism and its Critics (Tyler) - ULWR
  • *PS 489.002 - Electoral Politics in the Developing World (Nathan) - ULWR

Graders  - Each of the following are 25% appointments:

  • PS 306 - American Political Thought: Early (Peel) - Grader
  • PS 324 - Black Americans and the Political System (Hutchings) - Grader
  • PS 389.001 - Topics: Congress and the Presidency (Rivers) - Grader
  • PS 389.004 - Topics: Presidency - Cases and Controversies (Adside) - Grader
  • PS 389.006 - Topics: Law and Public Policy (Peel) - Grader
  • PS 389.007 - Topics: International Law and Human Rights (Winkler) -Grader
  • PS 499 - Survey Design and Analysis (Valentino) - Grader


  • GSI Positions for Sectioned Courses
  • GSIs selected for the classes listed above are expected to provide general pedagogical support for the course, which may include, but is not limited to: attending lecture, teaching discussion sections, grading and commenting on papers and exams, and meeting with enrolled students during office hours.  The number of sections a GSI with a full appointment (a 50% position) will be asked to teach depends on the structure of a course. Most appointments for undergraduate courses include two or three hour-long sections of 20-25 students per week in a full 50% appointment.
  • *GSI Positions for Upper-Level Writing Requirement CoursesSome courses in the department meet as lectures, without discussion sections, but have a GSI in place to support the course’s role in fulfilling the College of LSA’s Upper-Level Writing Requirement (ULWR). ULWR courses require a significant amount of writing and revision, classroom instruction on writing in the discipline, and careful attendance to writing issues when discussing course assignments and in grading and commenting on papers. Duties for GSIs in ULWR courses may include, but are not limited to: attending lecture, grading and commenting extensively on papers and exams, and holding office hours to support students in developing their writing skills.  First-time GSIs in ULWR courses must also enroll in the Sweetland Center for Writing’s WRITING 993: Teaching Writing in the Disciplines, one credit seminar, unless previously completed the course in a previous term.
  • GSI Grader Positions Some courses are offered as lectures that do not have discussion sections and do not fulfill the ULWR. These classes are usually sized around 80 students and employ GSI Graders to support the course’s pedagogy in a manner similar to GSIs, except that they do not teach discussion sections and may or may not be required to attend lecture. Each GSI Grader position is a 25% appointment.
  • GSIs and GSI Graders are expected to be on campus and available to work no later than Wednesday, January 9, 2019, the first day of classes.

Additional Requirements: First-time GSIs teaching an LSA course are required to attend GSI CRLT GSI Teaching Orientation on January 8, 2019. 

*Students who will be a GSI in a ULWR course for the first time in any department must also enroll in WRITING 993. Additionally, if the language of instruction at a student's undergraduate institution was not English, the student must be evaluated by the English Language Institute (ELI) for English proficiency and either pass the GSI-OET or have this test waived by the ELI before they can be eligible for a GSI appointment in Political Science.

Required Qualifications*

All applicants must be graduate students at the University of Michigan in good academic standing.

Desired Qualifications*

The most successful applicants will have completed a graduate course in political science, have previous experience as a GSI with favorable student evaluations, and/or previous experience teaching in political science.

Contact Information

All applicants are welcome to request the status of their application at any time by contacting Kimberly Smith, Political Science Graduate Program Coordinator, at or (734)764-9598.

Decision Making Process

All employment decisions will be made by the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science.  Doctoral students in Political Science within their funding commitment from the department will be given first priority for available positions.  In the event that positions remain open after all eligible and qualified Political Science doctoral students have been hired, then the Department will move to any existing pool of external applicants.  GSIs from outside the department will be selected based on the quality of their past teaching experience, the strength of their references, and also on how well their past coursework and teaching experiences have prepared them to teach the course topic of any open positions.

Selection Process

The Department expects to extend initial GSI placements to Department of Political Science doctoral students on or around December 11, 2018. External applicants can expect to hear about initial decisions on or around December 7.  While we do our best to maintain original placements, sometimes the need arises to move GSIs from one assigned course to another.  Assignments may change up to the first day of classes.

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 his or her preferred assignment, he or she can request a written explanation or an in-person interview with the hiring agent(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.

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