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Graduate Students Teaching as Instructor of Record

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) accepts applications to allow graduate students to teach as instructors of record in established courses, or courses of their own design, at the 300/400 level across the College.


  • All students must first be selected and approved by the department to teach as instructor of record at the 300 or 400 level.
  • Students must meet the LSA training requirements.
  • Those applying to teach a course of their own design must be a PhD candidate, AND are expected to have worked with a UM faculty supervisor/mentor to develop a “special topics” course (300 or 400 level) that is based on their own research or dissertation topic that will help prepare them for the job market.

Deadline: Ongoing, but applications should be sent to the LSA Dean’s Office for approval well in advance and prior to the course being listed in the LSA Course Guide.

Application Process

  • Students will complete the online application below through InfoReady Review.
  • Please review the LSA training requirements and the Online Application Form Information & Process before beginning an application. 
  • The LSA Dean’s Office will review applications in the order that they are submitted, and notifications of final decisions will be sent by email.

Please Note: Approval as the instructor of record does not automatically imply approval of the offering of the course itself; other considerations at the department's discretion, including enrollments, may factor into whether the course is offered.