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How to Apply

Visit and download the GSI application-selection form. The completed GSI application form along with all required documents must be sent to Amy Eaton at or 5370 North Quad, Department of Communication Studies, 105 S. State St, Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1285.

Applicants should not upload any documents (resumes or CVs, cover letters, course evaluations, letters of recommendation, transcripts) through All documents should be sent to as one complete package, whenever possible. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to from letter writers.

Ph.D. students in the Communication Studies program are not required to apply for GSI positions through but must submit the GSI application-selection form by the posting deadline.

Graduate students from outside of the Communication Studies Ph.D. program are required to 1) apply for GSI positions through for each course in which they are interested in teaching and 2) submit the GSI application-selection form with a resume or CV, course evaluation sheets (if applicable), one letter of recommendation, and a U-M transcript to by the posting deadline. If a U-M transcript is not available, submit a transcript from the previous university the applicant attended.

Course Description

COMM 305.001. Survey of Media Topics: Global Media and Culture
Instructor: Tupur Chatterjee (
COMM 101 and COMM 102 strongly recommended. (3-4). May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits under different topic titles. May be elected more than once in the same term.
What role do media (film, television, digital) play in shaping our ideas about the world? How do diverse audiences use global media in everyday life to negotiate issues of social and cultural identity? In what ways do we understand and work with concepts like cosmopolitanism and hybridity? Through an exploration of the complex and contradictory relationships between the global, local, and national, this course will focus on the key issues and scholarly debates in the field of global media studies. We will explore a broad range of media as our case studies: reality television in the Arab World, video technologies in Africa, Bollywood, Hong Kong Cinema, Korean New Wave etc. Students will also have the opportunity to develop and work on a digital research project of their choice. This course aims to equip students with a broad-ranging and comparative understanding of the many ways in which media are produced, consumed, distributed, and circulated across the globe and their impact on our everyday lives.



Attend all lectures (MW 4-5:30p); Teach two discussion sections per week (Tues 4-5p and 6-7p); Grade assignments in conjunction with the guidelines established by the faculty supervisor; Hold office hours; Course preparation; Attend weekly meetings of the instructional team

Required Qualifications*

Graduate student in good standing.

Desired Qualifications*

Experience teaching mass communication concepts; familiarity with media, culture, and politics outside the American context; background in international studies.

Contact Information

Please direct all questions to:
Amy Eaton, Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Communication Studies

Decision Making Process

Decisions will be made on or around August 8, 2018. The Department of Communication Studies will provide notification of hiring decisions to all candidates via e-mail on or around August 15, 2018. Applicants may request the status of his or her application from the department at

Selection Process

The Departmental GSI Selection Committee is charged with the responsibility of making final selections. The committee consists of the Department Chair, the Associate Chair of the Graduate Program, and the Graduate Program Coordinator.

In making decisions, the Committee considers academic qualifications (prior college record and current academic record); competence to teach in particular courses; prior teaching performance (teaching evaluations and/or supervisor evaluations); applicants' and faculty members' stated teaching preferences; and levels of current and prior financial support.

Doctoral students in Communication Studies receive priority consideration. The Department may hire students from a variety of programs across the College and University, but graduate students in Communication Studies who have been awarded GSI funding as a part of their overall funding package have priority over others. Graduate students who have previously taught in Communication Studies normally receive priority consideration as well. Doctoral students are limited to 10 terms of LS&A support, excepting spring/summer terms.

Each applicant for a GSI appointment will be notified via e-mail of the outcome of his or her application.  Selected applicants are offered positions in particular courses, and the offers of employment extend only to those specific courses.  Those applicants who are not offered a position are notified that their name will be placed on a reserve list, and that they may be eligible, if qualified, for any appointments that subsequently become available.

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.