It is expected that graduate students teach during their time at Michigan, normally starting during their second year. Teaching as a graduate student instructor (GSI) provides a great opportunity that not only prepares one for the job market but also hones one's understanding and analysis of the material. What makes the Michigan graduate experience unique is its special emphasis on engaging with undergraduate students in the classroom while also furthering one's research. This combination of teaching and research prepares future professors for all aspects of academia.
Prior to teaching, students are provided training through the History Department and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT). As GSIs, students normally teach in the survey courses in Greek and Roman history offered by the History Department or in various courses offered by the Classical Studies Department, such as classical civilization courses or language courses or possibly archaeology courses. As students advance through the Program, opportunities for planning and teaching one's own course may be available. Teaching is an integral part of a student's funding package.
"The terms and conditions of your employment as a Graduate Student Instructor are governed by a collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees’ Organization (the “UM/GEO Agreement”). The Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) is the labor union comprised of Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) and Graduate Student Staff Assistants (GSSAs) at the University of Michigan. For a copy of the contract, see http://contract.umgeo.org/. For more information on GEO, see http://www.umgeo.org/."