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Rackham Graduate School Professional and Academic Development Team GSRA for Humanities

How to Apply

Please email the following information to: [email protected]

  • A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and must be attached as the first page of your resume. The letter should address your specific interest in and fit with this GSRA position. Please include your University Department/Program affiliation and year in graduate studies.
  • Contact information (email and phone) for three to five professional references
  • A letter or email from your academic advisor confirming that:
    • you are in good academic standing
    • you are not on fellowship support
    • the work described below fulfills your degree requirement or is considered academically relevant to the degree you are pursuing
    • you are approved for a 25% appointment (PLEASE NOTE: this letter may be submitted separately to: [email protected]

    Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

    Job Summary

    The GSRA will conduct research on innovation in humanities and humanistic social sciences graduate education and graduate professional/career development. The GSRA will be responsible for maintaining and updating The Humanities Ph.D. Project website, and will conduct research (interviews, focus groups, etc.) with students, faculty, and alumni stakeholders on trends in higher education and innovation in humanities and humanistic social science graduate programs.

    Appointment Period: Fall 2019 (This position is for one term with renewal contingent upon completion of performance expectations and available funding).

    Estimated FTE: 25% (10 hours per week)

    Compensation: This appointment provides tuition, required fees, stipend (at the University monthly stipend rate for a 25% GSRA appointment), GradCare health insurance, and dental insurance (Option 1). For more information regarding GSRA stipends visit

    Expected Outcomes

    The GSRA position will strengthen professional competencies in the following areas:

    • Expertise in innovative doctoral graduate education practices for humanities and humanistic social sciences fields
    • Website design skills
    • Knowledge of frameworks and programs related to graduate career development
    • Best practices in graduate student success
    • Community-building in higher education environments
    • Student should be able to present a proposal/paper regarding their experience at a local/regional conference in their field.


    • To collect, evaluate, curate, and create original content for The Humanities Ph.D. Project website and to support professional development efforts for humanities and humanistic social science students.
    • Conduct ongoing research into the state of humanities doctoral training—the academic and nonacademic job markets for humanities Ph.D.s, problems and trends in higher education, innovations in graduate programs, and professional development resources and opportunities for graduate students.
    • Make decisions about website content and schedule posts using WordPress.
    • Meet as necessary with IT professionals in LSA to troubleshoot and develop solutions to meet the goals of the project’s stakeholders.
    • Solicit blog posts from graduate students.
    • Contact alumni working beyond the tenure track to invite them to write posts or be interviewed for a post the GSRA writes.
    • Contact students who have engaged in innovative humanities graduate education experiences (e.g., Public Engagement Fellowships, Mellon Public Engagement in the Humanities program, etc.) to invite them to write posts or be interviewed for a post the GSRA writes.
    • Assist in publicizing relevant professional development events through the website.
    • Research innovations in graduate seminars and program design, communicating with professors at other universities about their ideas and experiences preparing students for diverse careers.
    • Create resources for faculty, such as a Quick Start Guide to help them use the website in mentoring, and a Course Innovation resource with ideas for skill-building assignments.
    • Meet with groups of graduate students from humanities and humanistic social science departments to present career outcomes research, assess the climate around professional development in the department, and bring students’ attention to the resources that Rackham offers in the area of professional and career development.
    • Participate on a committee focused on implementing support for career diversity in the humanities, known as the 2020 implementation group; the group will be comprised of Laura Schram and faculty and students from eight humanities departments, including the GSRA.
    • Convene a focus group with past U-M participants in the regional “Humanities Without Walls” (HWW) program to determine what Rackham can learn from the HWW program to better support humanities students.
    • Collaborate with the Director for Professional and Academic Development on interdisciplinary programs that support humanities and humanistic social science students, such as the Designing Your Life seminar series and the “What’s Next: Career Paths for Ph.D.s in Humanities/Social Sciences” programs. Support program design, implementation and evaluation for these professional development programs.

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed and are not an exhaustive list of all associated responsibilities.


    Required Qualifications

    Applicants must be currently registered in a Rackham graduate program. Preference will be given to doctoral students who have reached candidacy. Students who are unsure if they are in a Rackham graduate program should check their graduate program listing in

    • Doctoral candidacy level student in the humanities, humanistic social sciences, or Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education.
    • Strong knowledge of research on graduate education and career development.
    • Strong organizational skills, including attentiveness to detail.
    • Strong written communication skills, including familiarity and facility with social media communication.
    • Ability to work collaboratively and network with key constituencies (administrators, graduate students, alumni, and faculty).
    • Working familiarity with WordPress.

    Desired Qualifications

    • Website development expertise and experience.
    • Familiarity with career diversity initiatives in the humanities fields.
    • Some experience in organizing projects/programs/workshops.

    Contact Information

    Questions regarding this position may be emailed to [email protected]. Applicants may request the status of their application from the appointing unit.

    Decision Making Process

    Applications will be reviewed following the posting deadline and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Selected candidates will be asked to submit a writing sample (preferably a blog post or some other form of writing for public audiences). References will be contacted for finalists.

    Laura Schram, Director of Professional and Academic Development is leading this search.

    Every effort will be made to have a hiring decision by February 8, 2019.

    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.

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    U-M EEO/AA Statement

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