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.

The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) is offering a Summer 2021 fellowship opportunity that is available to University of Michigan undergraduates and graduate students. Through curricular innovation, leadership in learning analytics, and personalization at scale, CAI aims to shape the future of learning and redefine public residential education at a 21st-century research university by unlocking new opportunities for the U-M community and learners around the world. You can learn more about AI and its guiding principles by visiting ai.umich.edu.

 

Who we’re looking for
We’re looking for one well-rounded, innovative, driven and creative fellow to help us to support a team engaging a global community of online learners and students at the University of Michigan. Partnering with U-M’s academic units and centralized student life groups in developing exemplary online student services is a high-priority initiative within CAI to support online and hybrid degree programs.

The Online Student Services Student Fellow works closely with the Online and Hybrid Program Team within CAI to support the successful design, coordination, development, and operation of student service models. Ideal candidates should demonstrate an interest in innovation and a passion for online education. 

 

Duties:
This Online Student Services fellowship will involve researching and assessing online student services models in an effort to determine what new processes or features should be implemented into our existing models to contribute to the enhancement of U-M’s online and hybrid programs. The fellow in this role will engage in critical thinking, evaluating, and ideating and will gain experience in higher education student affairs leadership in an online environment. 

The successful candidate can expect to have a mix of the following duties assigned, based on project needs: 

 

  • Work with the Online and Hybrid Program Management team to create documentation to assist Academic Units in online student services development.
  • Work with partners across CAI including: Operations and Policy, Design Management, Learning Experience Design, and Accessibility to develop an understanding of domain-specific work in the creation of online and hybrid programs, and document how this work contributes to exceptional student service models.
  • Collaborate with the Program Manager for Online Student Services to develop preferred practices and design strategies for implementation in developing online student services models for online and hybrid programs.
  • Assist in conducting an audit of U-M’s centralized Student Life groups of online student services that are offered
  • Assist in surveying and providing recommendations of learners/students experience and needs in OHP programs

 

Educational Value

Gain knowledge of higher education student affairs leadership in an online environment through assisting with program development, review processes, and developing and documenting workflows at the leading edge of online learning. Gain experience working within a dynamic, fast-paced team environment. Develop presentation skills. Participate in evaluation and research opportunities.

 

Required Qualifications:

  • An interest in student services/student affairs at a higher education institution, digital education, program development, academic administration, educational research, instructional technologies, and process development.
  • Experience with writing documentation for varied audiences.
  • Outstanding attention to detail and demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Current student at the University of Michigan
  • Working independently in a multicultural and collaborative environment
  • Working well in an environment with rapidly changing requirements and priorities

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Completed relevant coursework in the School of Education, or can demonstrate applied knowledge in student development theory. 
  • Experience as a student with online education. 
  • Interest in the field of academic administration/program management. 

 

Hours: 40 hours per week Summer (flexible hours and the possibility of working remotely for part of the time)

Start Date: May/June 2021
End Date: August 2021 with the possibility of continuing into the following semester 

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

The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) is offering a Summer 2021 fellowship opportunity that is available to all University of Michigan undergraduates and graduate students. You can read more about CAI and its guiding principles by visiting ai.umich.edu 

 

Description

The Center of Academic Innovation is a strategic priority for the University of Michigan. Through curricular innovation, leadership in learning analytics and personalization at scale, CAI aims to shape the future of learning and redefine public residential education at a 21st century research university by unlocking new opportunities for the U-M community and learners around the world.

 

The Student Learning Experience Design Fellowship works closely with the Learning Experience Design Team within AI to support the design of learning experiences for students in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), online certificate programs, online degree programs, and residential courses. Ideal candidates demonstrate an interest in innovation and a passion for online education. 

 

Duties

The duties presented below can be tailored to the interests/skill set of the successful candidate:

  • Work with Learning Experience Designers to prepare materials for design meetings, such as learner personas, design briefs, workflow diagrams, slide presentations, learning outcome revisions, and visual representations of course structure.
  • Support student/learner engagement by preparing materials and resources to foster productive online learner engagement and course success. 
  • Assist the design team with a variety of publishing tasks, such as building online quizzes, uploading lecture videos, and creating course discussion prompts, following and enforcing course building style guidelines where applicable.
  • Assist the design team in working through accessibility checklists, such as ensuring course materials include accurate captions, alternative text, and document structures that are accessible to learners who use screen readers.
  • Assist the Learning Experience Design team in various tasks associated with MOOC and online course design, iteration, and data analysis.
  • Support faculty development by preparing resources to guide online instruction.

Educational Value

Gain knowledge of online course design, review processes, and publishing workflows at the leading edge of online learning. Gain experience working within a dynamic, fast paced team environment. Develop presentation skills. Participate in research.

 

Required Qualifications  

  • Interest in digital education, educational technologies, and instructional design. 
  • Outstanding attention to detail and demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Experience with instructional technologies.
  • Current student at the University of Michigan.

 

Desired Qualifications

Experience as a learner in online courses, including Massive Open Online Courses, offered on platforms such as Coursera.org and edX.org. Completed relevant coursework in the School of Education, or can demonstrate experience in the domain.

 

Hours: 20-30 hours per week (flexible hours; remote position)

 

Start Date: May/June 2021 

 

End Date:  End of August 2021 (flexible) with possibility of continuing employment

 

Contact:

If you are interested, please contact reidma@umich.edu and provide a cover letter, copy of your resume, and any other materials you would like us to consider. This posting will close April 5th.

The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) is offering a Summer 2021 fellowship opportunity in Extended Reality (XR) Development that is available to University of Michigan undergraduates and graduate students. Through curricular innovation, leadership in learning analytics, and personalization at scale, AI aims to shape the future of learning and redefine public residential education at a 21st century research university by unlocking new opportunities for the U-M community and learners around the world. You can learn more about AI and its guiding principles by visiting ai.umich.edu.

 

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for well-rounded, driven and flexible fellows to help us design and develop Augmented and Virtual Reality applications that enhance the residential education experience and facilitate engaged and personalized learning at the University of Michigan. The XR fellows will be assisting with the first round of XR Innovation projects.

 

Duties:

The fellowship will involve playing an active role in the XR development team. XR fellows will help with the software design and development for XR Innovation projects. Fellows will be responsible for working with XR Developers to write code and create modules for XR production.

General requirements for all our fellows include:

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

Specific requirements for the XR Developer fellowship are as follows:

 

Required Qualifications:

  • Degree or experience in computer science, computer engineering, or related field 
  • Significant experience with Unity, Unreal, WebXR, or equivalent XR development technologies

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with
    • 3D modeling and animation tools
    • Testing
    • C++, C# or JavaScript
    • Source Control and code commenting
    • Working in teams to support large projects

Hours: 40 hours per week (flexible hours; remote position)

 

Start Date: April/May 2021 (flexible)

 

End Date:  End of August 2021 (flexible) with possibility of continuing employment

 

Contact:

If you are interested, please contact us at academicinnovation@umich.edu  and provide a copy of your resume, portfolio link, and any other materials you would like us to consider. Please add “XR Development Fellow Applications” to the subject line.

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.”

– Annarbor.org

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.

For more information visit: https://hr.umich.edu/working-u-m