University of Michigan Academic Program Specialist in Ann Arbor, Michigan

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) was originally conceived of and proposed in 2013 as the Islamic Studies Virtual Curriculum (ISVC) by University of Michigan Professor Pauline Jones at as a collaborative initiative between the University of Michigan (U-M) and fellow members of the Big Ten Academic Alliance at . Broadly speaking, the aims of the curriculum are to establish a virtual curriculum among the member universities of the Big Ten Academic Alliance to develop and implement a collaborative program of high quality instruction in Global Islamic Studies. DISC is made possible by 3 million in support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation at .

The Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) is seeking a team memberresponsible to manage a virtual curriculum among the member universities of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) with the goal of providing high quality instruction in Global Islamic Studies. This position collaborates with BTAA Member Institutions comprised of the BigTen schools to develop and teach undergraduate lecture courses and seminars across multiple departments and foster faculty, staff and student networks within the II and BTAA Member Institutions.


Programming (35%) Assist DISC Director with planning, organizing and budgeting for various projects such as CourseShare clusters, annual meetings, the annual DISC Distinguished Lecturer, cross-campus faculty visits, and various training resources relevant to distance education. Facilitate planning of events including small lectures, cross-departmental events, shared lectures across campuses, and the annual DISC Distinguished Lecture. Work closely with faculty, graduate students, and staff to plan for catering, hosting, venues, travel, and other details. Create a high level schedule of DISC projects with appropriate lead times to complete required tasks. Actively employ strategic planning and creative problem solving to troubleshoot obstacles impending successful grant implementation.

Collaboration & Communications (30%) Collaborate with departments, faculty and BTAA member institutions to communicate relevant information to key stakeholders and partners. Compile data for internal reports and ensure that proper source documents are maintained in compliance with University and sponsor requirements. Maintain communications with representatives of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Establish regular communications with faculty and staff at peer institutions to curricular requirements are being met in a timely manner. Provide timely notice to DISC Director of any obstacles inhibiting smooth functioning of the Global Islamic Studies e-school.

Administration and Grant Management (35%) Perform administrative functions that support the DISC initiative such as course and program reviews, ongoing evaluation that weigh program activity against clearly define goals and annual performance. Compile classroom and instructor information for inclusion in the requisite course catalogues. Identify and coordinate classroom technological needs. Recruit and train student interns at BTAA member’s institutions to serve as DISC Ambassadors on-the-ground of distance campuses. Work closely with the Global Projects Unit Manager, U-M Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and LSA Shared Services on budget matters, financial oversight and reporting. Compile non-financial data for internal analysis and reporting and format information to align with sponsor reporting requirements. Compile budget reports for key program priorities, regularly assess grant budget to arrange new and flexible supports for successful grant implementation. Track revenue and expense activity to budgets. Maintain source documents for any expenses incurred on behalf of the program. Partner with LSA-SS colleagues on Concur/T&E reports, PeoplePay and similar transactions.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant international or area studies field or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Excellent communication and English language skills; ability to handle a variety of tasks and meet deadlines; ability to work occasional evenings and weekends; knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google, and Adobe.

Desired Qualifications*

Master’s degree in a relevant international or area studies field or equivalent combination of education and professional experience. One year University of Michigan experience; familiarity with University policies, rules, and administrative procedures; fluency in a language of the area. Previous experience in program and event planning. Previous experience with large-scale project implementation, large budget oversight, and grant management.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.

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Additional Information

This is three year term-limited appointment with the possibility of extension based on funding.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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. The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by:

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences.

  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

Job Detail

Job Opening ID


Working Title

Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) Academic Program Specialist

Job Title

Academic Program Specialist

Work Location

Ann Arbor CampusAnn Arbor, MI

Full/Part Time




FLSA Status


Organizational Group

College Of Lsa


LSA II: Islamic Studies Prog

Posting Begin/End Date

6/13/2018 – 6/27/2018


$38,000.00 –$48,000.00

Career Interest

Academic & Student Services

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