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

If you have served as a GSI at U-M, as part of your cover letter please provide the course title, number, term and faculty instructor for each course taught.
*If you have held a GSI position at the U-M please attach the summary sheets of the E&E evaluations for all courses previously taught. This information should be uploaded in a single document combined with your cover letter and resume/CV. If you have trouble including your evals, you may email the evals only to

Course Description

New media emerge and are adopted by society at a dizzying rate, which makes the study of digital cultures exciting yet also quite challenging. This course re-introduces students to a world that may already feel second nature to them by developing a critical-analytical toolkit for considering how our experiences of culture, aesthetics, communication, politics, and social life are deeply impacted by the digital. How should “digital” be defined and historicized? What debates are prompted by our routine, ordinary use of internet connectivity, digital platforms like YouTube, technological innovation like 3 and 4D animation, small screen entertainment, and mobile, ubiquitous media? This course surveys the breadth and depth of digital cultures by taking a closer look at issues that arise from the proliferation of film and TV on streaming services, gaming, activism and digital public spheres, and portable media like smartphones and tablets. Each week, students are introduced to a persistent theme in digital cultures, including human-machine interaction, the self and self-improvement, user-generated content and labor, transnational flows and disjunctures, surveillance, the politics of search, hactivism, intellectual property, cloud computing and big data, productivity and apps culture, and streaming entertainment media.


Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Evaluating and grading course work
  • Holding regular office hours to assist students throughout the course
  • Being available over email to the students, and helping students in case they have any questions pertaining to the course
  • Attending all lectures and film screenings for the course (MW, 4-5:30 pm).
  • Teaching two discussion sections per week (discussion sections are tentatively scheduled on Tuesdays; 10-11am, 11am-12pm, 12-1pm, 3-4pm. Please list availability for sections in the cover letter).

Required Qualifications*

Currently enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Michigan. Ability to effectively teach and evaluate undergraduate students. Knowledge of the course topic.

Desired Qualifications*

Background and knowledge relevant to film/television/media studies.

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.

Contact Information

Carrie Moore, Student Services Coordinator,

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.

Decision Making Process

After review of applications, the decision will be made by the Director of Graduate Studies. Final decisions will be made by department upon recommendation of the instructor. Decision making date by May 26, 2017.

Selection Process

Selection criteria include background and experience explicit to the topic of the course. Estimated date for offer to be extended: by May 26, 2017. Applicants may request the status of their application from the department at any time.

GEO Contract Information

The University will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, familial status, parental status or pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, height, weight, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, HIV antibody status, political belief, membership in any social or political organization, participation in a grievance or complaint whether formal or informal, or any other factor where the item in question will not interfere with job performance and where the employee is otherwise qualified.  The University of Michigan agrees to abide by the protections afforded employees with disabilities as outlined in the rules and regulations which implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Information for the Office of Institutional Equity may be found at and for the University Ombuds at

Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions.  In the event that an Employee does not receive his or her preferred assignment, he or she can request a written explanation or an in-person interview with the hiring agents(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.

This position, as posted, is subject to a collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees' Organization, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO 3550.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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