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GSI Positions

The Department of Political Science seeks several Graduate Student Instructors (GSI) and GSI Graders for the Fall 2019 semester. These positions may range from 25% to 60% appointments (with the majority being 50% appointments), and as posted, are 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.

All applicants must be graduate students enrolled at the University of Michigan, and be in good academic standing. 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. Students who have not held a GSI position, and/or graduate students from outside of the department will be considered.

Graduate students interested in applying for these positions must submit an application through the website. The application will open the first week of April. Applicants must also indicate the courses for which they are available and interested in teaching by completing the preferences google form found on the job posting page. Applicants who do not complete this preferences form will not be considered. Applications are due May 1, 2019.
Applicants outside of the Political Science department are welcome to apply, and will also be asked to upload their most recent teaching evaluation summaries (if previously taught at the university), a CV and cover letter, and have a letter of recommendation sent to

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.

The Department expects to extend initial GSI placements to Department of Political Science doctoral students on or around June 1, 2019. External applicants can expect to hear about initial decisions after June 15th. 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.
Applicants can contact the department with questions by emailing