LEO Lecturer I - Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

ID: 7066870
Posted: June 12, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Summary
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 a full-time lecturer for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 (August 31, 2020 - April 30, 2021) to teach, mentor and advise students in the QMSS program. In particular, we are looking for an instructor with experience in developing and delivering both didactic and hands-on experiential learning in quantitative methods to undergraduate students with a wide range of statistic and mathematic backgrounds.

The lecturer will teach six course equivalents (three per term), with approximately 50% of their course equivalents assigned to didactic and lab-based instruction and 50% to individualized and/or small group instruction and advising for students pursuing the minor in QMSS. This is a non-tenure track position. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Mission Statement
The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Didactic and lab-based duties include delivering course lectures/labs and facilitating class meetings, teaching discussion section(s), developing course materials, evaluating and grading students, and holding regularly scheduled office hours, as well as course administration duties, such as managing Canvas content, coordinating problems sets and exams.

Other instructional responsibilities include holding individual and small group tutoring and project assistance sessions, course planning and development; construction of hands-on and in-person and online instructional tools and resources related to quantitative social science research and analysis.

Didactic and lab-based courses include:

Fall 2020: QMSS 201 - Intro to Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences

Winter 2021: QMSS 451 - QMSS Senior Capstone: Social Science Study Management

This position will also serve as the primary department advisor 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. The incumbent will work with the QMSS Director and Steering Committee to identify needs for the program and make recommendations for curricular/program innovation.

The lecturer will also work with the staff in QMSS to plan online and in-person 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 inviting guest speakers to virtual or on-campus activities, alumni panels, etc.

Required Qualifications*
• 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.


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