Graduate Learning Community Advisors (GLCAs)

The ReBUILDetroit Program, a consortium of University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University, seeks graduate students with a strong interest in undergraduate teaching and research. The Graduate Learning Community Advisors (GLCAs) will work closely with faculty preceptors at one of the ReBUILDetroit campuses to design, implement and deliver a common curriculum in introductory courses containing authentic research experiences based on the Research Coordination Network (RCN) model.

The position will be a commitment of approximately 20 hours of orientation in December 2017, and 8-10 hours per week from January through May, 2018. GLCAs will receive a stipend in the amount of $2500.
The structure of the experience will include:

  • Working at one of the partner campuses where you will collaborate with the faculty of a specific RCN course/lab. This includes engaging and contributing actively in the course design, delivery and assessment of student learning, in addition to attending each class/laboratory session.
  • Participating in peer-facilitated weekly discussions of teaching and learning related to your discipline-specific RCN.
  • Participating in monthly peer-led discussions of literature from the educational research that underlies course-based undergraduate research and evidence-based instructional practices across all three RCN disciplines.
  • Participating in periodic ReBUILDetroit consortium events, including professional development workshops and Learning Community gatherings.
  • Documenting your experience through a reflective journal and Individualized Development Plan (IDP) and/or teaching portfolio.
  • Participating in evaluation activities to measure your growth and development, and obtain feedback on the design and implementation of the RCN courses.


The ReBUILDetroit Program GLCA positions are open to graduate students with an interest in undergraduate STEM education. Eligibility is not restricted to students in biomedical programs, but they should have knowledge/experience in the disciplinary content associated with one of the RCN models:

  • Chemistry: environmental and analytical chemistry
  • Biology: genomics, bioinformatics
  • Social/Health Sciences: socio-ecological mixed-methods to investigate health disparities

Application Process:

*Note: Wayne State University (WSU) graduate students applying through the BEST Program must complete the “BEST Program Phase III Career Exploration in Teaching” Application Form. Contact Dr. Heidi Kenaga, Best Program Manager, for the application @ or call 313.577.5499.

If you are not applying through the WSU-BEST program, complete applications must include the following items:

  1. A current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  2. An unofficial transcript of doctoral coursework
  3. A statement of interest in exploring undergraduate teaching, including any prior teaching experience, and how this opportunity fits into your long term career goals.
  4. A letter of recommendation from your doctoral research advisor.

Please compile items 1-3 into one PDF file and send it to with the subject heading “GLCA” and the appropriate discipline (Biology, Chemistry, Health Disparities)
Letters of recommendation/support may be sent directly to

Application Deadline: October 21, 2017


Review of applications will begin immediately and finalist interviews will occur the week of November 6, 2017.