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Graduate Student Instructor positions are only open to current or matriculating University of Michigan graduate students. Complete the application process on and then go to the following link to fill out an application: . A complete application includes this online form (which asks for basic academic and professional information on the applicant, a resume, and an unofficial copy of the applicant’s transcript).

Questions may be directed to Rosalee Washington at

Course Description

JUDAIC/MIDEAST/SLAVIC 281: Jews in the Modern World—Texts, Images, Ideas

Using literature, film, visual arts, and other cultural documents, this course explores how Jews around the world responded to modernity and the powerful cultural, political, economic, and social forces it unleashed.  Students will consider the impact of unprecedented new freedoms and horrific persecutions on Jewish religion, politics, and culture. 

More information about this course can be found on the LSA Course Guide (


Students who apply to this posting will be considered for one 35% GSI position.

Primary responsibilities of the position include: attending lecture; leading two discussion sections a week; grading all assignments; creating and implementing teaching plans in consultation with the lead instructor of the course; attending regular meetings with the lead instructor; assisting with the assessment of students during final term grading; holding a minimum of two office hours each week in the South Thayer Building.

Students who have not previously been a GSI for the College of LSA will be required to attend the CRLT GSI Teaching Orientation on January 8.

Required Qualifications*

Previous coursework in Middle East/Near Eastern studies, modern Jewish studies, or Jewish literature or history.  Good English writing skills are required. Students whose undergraduate degree is from an institution where the language of instruction is not English must have already taken or be currently enrolled in the English Language Institute’s ELI 994. The student must have a passing score of 4 on the Oral English Test (OET). 

Desired Qualifications*

An undergraduate major or minor in literature or history, preferably focused on Jewish Studies, Slavic Studies, Middle East or Near Eastern Studies, German, or English.  Some knowledge of Hebrew language is desirable. Enrollment in a graduate program focused on Judaic, Slavic, or Middle East studies.  Previous experience in higher education instruction.

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

Contact Rosalee Washington ( with any questions related to your application.

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

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of JUDAIC/MIDEAST/SLAVIC 281. The instructor will make a hiring recommendation to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of JUDAIC/MIDEAST/SLAVIC 281. The instructor will make a hiring recommendation to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

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.