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How to Apply

Submit a 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 432 - 

This course examines violence and its relationship to oil as a non-renewable natural resource. The course will focus on the close examination and comparison of discourses and practices concerned with resource extraction, resource distribution, energy security, and ‘modernity’ in the United States, North America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Emphasis will be on case studies on oil as a non-renewable natural resource and how its extraction have contributed to reshaping livelihoods, energy security and creating spaces of violence as well as the possibilities for ‘development’. The course investigates how oil explorations in postcolonial states have given rise to projects of ‘nation building’, state-making and challenges of governance that continue to confront and reshape the idea of what constitutes the ‘nation’. We will focus on how abundant oil resources have changed the ‘face’ of the state and its people bringing about discourses of power, culture, energy security, and modernity.  We will also focus on how extraction of oil constantly produces violence and challenges to state power over its control. We will investigate how such conflicts, sometimes violent, have and continue to redefine state, multinational corporations and communal production of power in resource extractive enclaves around the world. At the end, we will ask "what if there is no oil?" 


The GSI appointed to this position is expected to attend all lectures and all of her/his assigned discussion sections; be at lectures 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 instructor on time.  The GSI is responsible for grading all assignments and examinations and she/he bears the primary responsibility for computing final grades.  Grading must be completed in a timely fashion.  The GSI is expected to provide feedback to students. The GSI must post regular weekly office hours and she/he is expected to be at the location specified for office hours on time and for the duration of office hours.  If the GSI has to set up equipment, etc. for lectures, she/he is expected to accomplish what is necessary early enough to assure that lectures/discussions can begin on time. The GSI is expected to keep attendance records for the class 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: One position with .50 fraction. The GSI is responsible for attending class and leading two (2) discussion groups in class 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 is preferred but not required.

Contact Information

Matthew Washington, 4700 Haven Hall, 734 763-7778,

Decision Making Process

A GSI for AAS 432 will be selected by the DAAS faculty member teaching the class 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. 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.