Career Opportunities

Who We Are

Academic Innovation is a strategic priority for the University of Michigan. Through curricular innovation, educational data and research, and tools for learning, Academic Innovation aims to shape the future of learning and redefine public residential education at a 21st century research university by unlocking new opportunities for the University of Michigan community and learners around the world. University of Michigan has over 100 grad programs in the top 10, over 260 degree programs, more than 540,000 alumni worldwide and is the #1 public research university in the US (U-M Facts & Figures).

Who You Are

You are an intellectually curious, creative problem solver. You lead by listening, by collaborating, and by encouraging. You challenge yourself and your collaborators to think about risk while identifying pathways to maximize impact and enable excellence. You have experience taking an initial concept and helping an organization and community to realize its potential.

Event Planning Student Fellowship

Winter/Spring 2020

The Center for Academic Innovation is offering a Winter 2020 Event Planning Student Fellowship opportunity, available to all University of Michigan undergraduate and graduate students. You can read more about the Center for Academic Innovation and its guiding principles by visiting and events at

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for an ambitious student who is team driven, detail-oriented, and reliable to help us plan and organize professional and interesting events for Academic Innovation.

Educational Value

Gain valuable experience working within a dynamic, fast- paced team environment. Learn event planning and operations skills to better prepare yourself for a career in the events industry. 

Events at Academic Innovation

The Center for Academic Innovation hosts a large number of public events each academic year aimed at the U-M community including faculty, staff, and students, as well as other institutions within higher education, and the general public. These events include but are not limited to communities of practice, conferences, design jams, informational tables, recruitment events, speakers, and workshops. This role will also assist the Events and Marketing Specialist in planning and organizing internal events and meetings for the Center for Academic Innovation team. 

This position will report directly to the Events and Marketing Specialist and will serve as a member of the Marketing and Communications team. 

Job Duties:

  • Assist with placing and picking up catering orders for meetings and larger events
  • Collaborate with all Academic Innovation teams during event planning process including  attending meetings as schedule allows. 
  • Create compelling event descriptions and web pages to encourage registrations
  • Generate reports from event survey data and create new ways to evaluate the success of Academic Innovation events
  • Promote Academic Innovation events through a variety of Academic Innovation marketing and communication channels
  • Provide event day support including assistance with registration and check-in process
  • Collaborate with all 
  • Miscellaneous job duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to mult-task. 
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to efficiently manage time under strict deadlines
  • Experience working in and communicating with peers in a professional environment
  • Experience working events and/or volunteering at events
  • Willingness to learn and remain open to constructive feedback

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Experience with social media, especially Twitter. (Live tweeting experience is a plus)
  • Ability to think creatively and brainstorm future event opportunities for the Center for Academic Innovation
  • Familiarity with U-M campus buildings (especially Center Campus)
  • Experience working with Microsoft office suite, Trello, Wordpress and Adobe suite is a plus

Hours: Flexible, 10-12 per week, with potential for extended hours in summer months

Start Date: Mid-January but flexible

End Date: End of Winter semester (May 2020) with potential for extension

Posting Start Date: November 1, 2020 

Posting End Date: November 22, 2019

If you are interested, please contact Marissa Reid, Student Program Coordinator at and provide a copy of your resume and any other materials you would like us to consider.

The Center for Academic Innovation (AI) is offering a Fall 2019/Winter 2020 fellowship opportunity that is available to all University of Michigan undergraduates and graduate students. You can read more about AI and its guiding principles by visiting 

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for a well-rounded, driven and creative fellow to help manage the scoping, design, development, and engagement of Teach-Outs (more at within the online learning  portfolio at the Center for Academic Innovation at the University of Michigan.


We need new modes of teaching, learning, and connecting in an increasingly digital society. We must challenge how we define expertise by connecting scholars with engaged citizens and by bridging the gap between digital and physical communities. This fellowship aims to help bridge that gap through engagement management within the Teach-Out Series. 

The selected fellow will assist the Design Manager for Teach-Outs in managing and fostering engagement within launched and archived Teach-Outs (more at to deliver high-­quality online learning experiences with an emphasis on public engagement, conversation, and actionable outcomes. Depending on availability, the fellow may dive deeper into certain aspects of the Teach-Out model than others and may assist with other Teach-Out related tasks and side-projects. Some of the core tasks associated with this role are:

  • Moderate launched Teach-Outs and make sure that any bug or technical problem is reported through the appropriate task management system;
  • Identify answers and post responses to (non-substantive) learner questions on the Discussion forums;
  • Use best judgment in identifying learner questions that should be directed to guest experts/faculty member(s);
  • Keep a log of all potential improvements to future iterations of the Teach-Out;
  • Manage and archive past Teach-Outs on Michigan Online as open educational resources. 


  • enjoy the prospect of working with a very diverse set of thinkers who come from U-M’s nineteen schools
  • have a great interest in being exposed to subject matter close to and far away from your comfort zone
  • relish working with multiple complex projects at the same time, balancing priorities and goals accordingly

General requirements for all our fellowships include:

  • Working independently in a multicultural and collaborative environment
  • Working well in an environment with rapidly changing requirements and priorities
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Educational Value

Gain experience working within a dynamic, fast-paced team environment working to foster a culture of innovation across higher education. Develop communication and project management skills by working with a diverse group of professionals, across different disciplines, to develop and maintain high-quality educational experiences. The Fellow will build or strengthen organizational, communications, and reporting skills. 

Specific requirements for this fellowship are as follows:

Required Qualifications:

  • Degree or experience in communications, public engagement, information technology, educational technology, instructional design, project management, business, or a related field. 
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage workload under time constraints and conflicting demands
  • Ability to work well in a multicultural and collaborative environment
  • High emotional intelligence for complex relationship management
  • Strong commitment to problem solving, teamwork, and the ability to act independently

Desired Qualifications:


  • Familiarity with: Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Open Educational Resources (OER), Learning Management Systems (LMS) like Coursera, FutureLearn or edX 
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, techniques, technology and standards of digital media production


  • Pedagogical knowledge of online teaching, including instructional design of dialogical or conversational learning experiences 
  • Experience in public engagement and community outreach
  • Demonstrated experience with project management tools and tactics
  • Knowledge of basic HTML
  • Familiarity with: Teach-Outs 


10-15 hours per week (flexible hours)

Start Date: 

November, 2019 (flexible)

End Date:

Late April 2020 (flexible) with possibility of continuing into the summer

Deadline for Applications: —

If you are interested, please contact Marissa Reid at and provide a copy of your resume and any other materials you would like us to consider.

Working in the Center for Academic Innovation means you’re a part of a diverse team with many values to guide our continued growth and success.

We value boldness and humility.

Boldness generates new solutions to emerging and age-old problems. Humility ensures we respect and learn from previous efforts and listen to all stakeholders when designing solutions.

We value creativity and process.

Although some may see creativity as anathema to process, we recognize that disciplined processes allow and are necessary for creativity. Effective design management supports a culture of creativity and innovation in learning.

We value risk taking and tradition.

Universities are at their best when they balance the creation of new ideas, technologies, and forms of expression with the protection of cultural heritage and knowledge. In designing elegant solutions to problems in higher education, we see value in taking thoughtful risks in order to question the present and position for the future while honoring our past.

We value personalization and scale.

One-on-one models of education are highly effective, but have, historically, not been scaleable. We aim to create effective tools, pedagogies, and learning experiences that meet the diverse needs of each learner regardless of the scale of the effort

We value openness.

As part of a public research university, we prioritize serving our local, state, and global communities rather than our own interests. When given the choice, our work products will be fully available for other organizations and individuals to learn from, reuse, and remix.

Working for the University of Michigan also means a competitive benefits package including a variety of health and wellness programs.

Why Should You Live Here?

“Ann Arbor is many things, including a bustling university town, culinary hotspot, and a tech hub with a walkable downtown that includes world-class arts and culture…Ann Arbor lies at the center of a greater collection of communities in Washtenaw County. With so many thriving communities nearby, Ann Arbor has become a cultural melting pot and urban oasis.”


At the Center for Academic Innovation, we believe your growth makes our team stronger and our mission achievable. That is why we provide dedicated time for professional development, opportunities to work across domains, and funding to deepen your knowledge and expand your skills.

The University of Michigan recognizes that people are our most important resource for sustaining excellent teaching, research and service. To enhance the ability of staff members to contribute to their departments and to provide career satisfaction for productive employees, the University is committed to supporting ongoing staff development for any staff member. Staff development is defined as growth in an individual’s knowledge, skill, and personal effectiveness.

A University goal is for all staff members to make the maximum contribution to their departments, while having opportunities to develop their talents, to acquire and use new skills, and thus to achieve greater career effectiveness and satisfaction. Career development opportunities include mentoring as well as informal and formal training.

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