Graduate Student Instructor in Philosophy

Michigan, United States
09 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

How to Apply

Applicants must apply and submit material through Include as one PDF document:

  • a ranked list of your preferences from the courses below,
  • interest and qualifications for the course(s) you wish to teach, and
  • the section times you would be available
  • Completed applications will be due by Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Course Description

The Philosophy Department is looking to hire up to 9 GSIs in the Winter 2019 term to lead discussion sections for faculty-led lectures in the following courses:

PHIL 101 (Introduction to Philosophy), up to 4 sections

PHIL 262 (Introduction to Religion), up to 2 sections

PHIL 340 (Minds and Machines), up to 4 sections

PHIL 355 (Contemporary Moral Problems), up to 6 sections

PHIL 359 (Law and Philosophy), up to 4 sections


  • Attend all lectures and exams for your preferred course (see links above for lecture schedules; exam times TBD)
  • Run two or three discussion sections (times TBD from list of scheduled sections; see links above)
  • Hold at least 2 hours of office hours each week
  • Grading of assignments, per lead faculty instruction
  • Additional items listed in fraction calculation form

Required Qualifications*

  • Enrolled in good standing as a graduate student at the University of Michigan
  • Available to teach at least two of the scheduled section times
  • Completed basic courses, or have experience, in Philosophy or a closely related field
  • If the language of instruction at a student’s undergraduate institution was not English, they 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 LS&A.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Previous experience teaching courses in philosophy
  • Previous experience as a GSI with favorable student evaluations
  • Have previously taken these courses or equivalent courses, and have demonstrated expertise and interest in subject area
  • 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

Carson Maynard, Graduate Coordinator:

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by:

Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences.

Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Decision Making Process

The course instructor will make the hiring decisions in consultation with the Department Chair. Offers will be extended by Monday, December 3.

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed, and decisions made, based on each applicant’s knowledge, experience, and past teaching record. Preferential consideration will be given to applicants:

from the Philosophy Department’s PhD program to whom a GSI position has been promised as part of a financial package

with relevant academic preparation for teaching the course material

with previous experience teaching courses in Philosophy

whose field of study has relevance to Philosophy

GEO Contract Information

The University will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, familial status, parental status or pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression, 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, 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 of Institutional Equity may be found at and for the University Ombuds at 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 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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.