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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.

Questions may be sent to Lisa Broome, Associate Director, LSA Honors Program, lbroome@umich.edu.

Course Description

Honors 230.010, "Violent Environments: Oil, Development, and the Discourse of Power"

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 has 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"?

Responsibilities*

The GSI will lead two discussion sections (capacity: 18 students per section) of the larger course, and will work closely with the course's faculty instructor to achieve the teaching and learning outcomes of the course.

As part of the Honors Core Curriculum, this course introduces first- and second-year Honors students to the fields, questions and meta-questions, and methodologies of the Social Sciences. This course is a discussion section of a large lecture course; the faculty member leading the course will provide regular guidance; GSIs will collaborate with him and other GSIs in the course. GSIs in the Honors Core are expected to participate in occasional events for Core courses.

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); and complete tasks assigned by the instructor on time. The GSI must provide feedback to students. The GSI is responsible for keeping attendance records, grading assignments, and computing final grades. The GSI must post regular weekly office hours.

Required Qualifications*

Good standing in a graduate or professional terminal-degree program in a relevant department.

Desired Qualifications*

Good standing in a PhD program in a relevant department; experience teaching social science courses at U-M or other college or university.

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.

Contact Information

Contact Dr. Lisa Broome at lbroome@umich.edu with questions; questions for the faculty member leading the course should be directed to Lbroome@umich.edu for forwarding only. Applications are due by 11/22/2019 but all positions may be filled by then.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Honors Program Associate Director who, in careful consultation with the faculty member leading the course, will make a hiring recommendation to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized. Once positions are filled, all applicants will be notified of their status by email.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Honors Program Associate Director who, in careful consultation with the faculty member leading the course, will make a hiring recommendation to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized. Once positions are filled, all applicants will be notified of their status by email.

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 hr.umich.edu/oie/contact.html and for the University Ombuds at www.umich.edu/~ombuds/.

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.