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How to Apply

Submit a cover letter of application stating your interest in this position and outlining relevant academic and personal experience suiting you for it. Include the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least two faculty members with whom you have worked who can serve as references. If you have held prior GSI positions, please list the contact information for the faculty members with whom you worked most recently (no more than two). Please include your curriculum vitae, a list of relevant coursework and grades received in those courses. Former GSIs at the University of Michigan should attach summary sheets from teaching evaluations.


Note: All documents should be submitted as one (1) PDF.

Course Description

AAS 111, Introduction to Africa and Its Diaspora, introduces students to the study of African people, their forced dispersal and voluntary migrations across the globe, and the complex and changing nature of the relationship between Africans and their descendants outside the continent. The course takes a multimedia, interdisciplinary approach to a range of historical, expressive, political, and cultural questions crucial to understanding the experiences of people of African descent. Drawing upon a variety of texts and other sources, AAS 111 explores major themes that link Africans in the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe while also exposing the issues that divide them.


GSIs appointed to this position are expected to attend all lectures and all of their assigned discussion sections; be at lectures and their discussion sections on time; attend and be prepared for weekly planning meetings (complete the readings and have plans/ideas for how to run discussion sections); complete tasks assigned by instructors on time.  GSIs are responsible for grading all assignments and examinations and they bear the primary responsibility for computing final grades.  Grading must be completed in a timely fashion.  GSIs are expected to provide feedback to students.   GSIs must post regular weekly office hours and they are expected to be at the location specified for office hours on time and for the duration of office hours.  If GSIs have to set up equipment, etc. for lectures or their own discussion sections, they are expected to accomplish what is necessary early enough to assure that lectures/discussions can begin on time.  GSIs are expected to keep attendance records for their discussion sections and a careful record of students grades.  All GSIs must be ready to assume their responsibilities in the course beginning January 8, 2020.

Appointment Period: Winter Term 2020
Estimated FTE: Two positions with .50 fraction.  Each GSI is responsible for two discussion sections with enrollment limits of 25.

Required Qualifications*

Familiarity with and course work at the graduate level dealing with the general subject matter of the course are considered very important, as is evidence of effective teaching and the ability to work well with students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications*

Prior teaching experience in DAAS or related courses is preferred but not required.

Contact Information

Wayne High, 4700 Haven Hall, 734-764-9300,

Decision Making Process

Up to two GSIs for AAS 111 will be selected by DAAS faculty with final approval coming from the DAAS Executive Committee.

Selection Process

Candidates will be evaluated for these positions based on the strength of their application.  Decision Making Date: Friday, November 8, 2019.

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.

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Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions. Upon request, any applicant denied employment will receive, within fourteen (14) calendar days, a written explanation of the reasons for denial of employment, and/or an in-person interview with the hiring agent(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time. 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.