A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your CV. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience in teaching quantitative methods that directly relate to this position. In addition to applying via careers.umich.edu, submit curriculum vitae (including cover letter), a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, a statement detailing experience with quantitative methods, evidence of teaching excellence, and three letters of reference reflecting on the candidate’s teaching accomplishments and expertise with quantitative methods in the social sciences to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
The Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS) program at the University of Michigan is a new interdisciplinary initiative for scholars of the social sciences who use quantitative methods to answer questions of societal importance in their research and teaching. Please look at our website – www.lsa.umich.edu/qmss - to learn more.
QMSS is searching for full-time lecturers beginning immediately to teach courses starting in Fall Term 2020 and beyond. These positions will form the core of our undergraduate curriculum. In particular, we are looking for instructors with experience in developing and delivering both didactic and hands-on experiential learning to undergraduate students with a wide range of statistic and mathematic backgrounds. The lecturers should be prepared to teach courses of a variety of sizes, from independent study sections to courses of 140+ students.
The lecturers will teach six courses equivalents per year, with approximately 50% of their course equivalents assigned to individualized and/or small group instruction, and advising for students pursuing the minor in QMSS. These are not tenure-track positions and they will be appointed on a University-Year (9-month) basis. The initial appointment will be for three years (six academic year semesters), with additional opportunities to develop courses and/or lead student learning throughout the spring/summer terms each year. Criteria for renewal are classroom teaching, participation in curriculum development and program activities, and advising quality; with classroom teaching and delivering student experiential learning opportunities receiving the greatest weight.
The lecturers will teach six courses equivalents per year, with approximately 50% of their course equivalents assigned to individualized and/or small group instruction, and advising for students pursuing the minor in QMSS. Didactic teaching will include courses developed by and/or in consultation with the Director of Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences. Other instructional responsibilities include overseeing any course Graduate Student Instructor(s), holding office hours for students; individual and small group tutoring and project assistance, course planning and grading; development of online instructional tools and resources related to quantitative social science research and analysis.
These lecturers will serve as the primary departmental advisors for undergraduate students minoring in QMSS; assisting them with course planning, progress checks, study abroad credit exceptions and other petitions, career/graduate school counseling, misconduct issues, and senior audits. They will work with the QMSS Director and Steering Committee to identify needs for the program and make recommendations for curricular/program innovation.
The lecturers will also work with the staff in QMSS to plan events (guest speakers, alumni panels, workshops, etc.) geared towards our undergraduate students minoring in QMSS and collaborate with the LSA Opportunity Hub in helping students connect with relevant internship opportunities. This may involve bringing guest speakers to campus (who might also speak in classes, if appropriate), alumni panels, etc.
M.A. in a social science discipline with a focus on quantitative methods, with a Ph.D. strongly preferred.
Experience teaching courses using quantitative methods and analysis, with experience teaching undergraduate students strongly preferred.
The successful candidate must have cutting edge and contemporary knowledge and experience in data-based research and teaching in a social science discipline.
This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.
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