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How to Apply

Please upload the following documents as one PDF document with your application:

  1. a cover letter, which should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experiences that directly relate to this position.
  2. CV (including names of two faculty references).
  3. Former GSIs at the University of Michigan should attach summary sheets from teaching evaluations.

Job Summary

The Slavic Languages & Literatures Department is looking to hire 1 GSI for Polish 314 (Polish Cinema) in Winter 2020. This course fulfills the upper-level writing requirement for undergraduate students. No knowledge of Polish is required.

Course Description

The course covers Polish cinema from WWII to the present, tracing the development of film styles and genres in the context of the historical, political, and cultural features of Polish society. The first wave of State Film School graduates (including Wajda, Munk, and Polanski) garnered international recognition by using realist norms in combination with intricate symbolism and absurdist allegory to critique the loss of civic values under Communism, thus utilizing the visual potentials of film language to circumvent the limitations imposed by “Socialist Realism” and State censorship. In the 1970s and 1980s, a second generation of film auteurs (including Zanussi, Holland, and Kieslowski) emerged and continued to break new ground stylistically, challenging Polish society in their “cinema of moral concern.” In the post-Communist period, Hollywood models (in particular the gangster film as a metaphor for capitalist norms) and international co-production have played significant roles. After 2000, Polish filmmakers have focused their attention on social and economic issues, gender, and questions of nationalism and ethnicity including revisiting the Holocaust and Jewish-Polish relations. We will analyze 14 films and discuss the accompanying reading.


  • Attendance at lectures (TTh, 4-5:30 PM) and screenings (W, 7-9:30 PM) and assist minimally with lectures.
  • Reading paper drafts and providing close guidance for students in the rewrite process.
  • Grading five papers from 15-20 students (three drafts and two rewritten papers).
  • Holding regular office hours to assist students throughout the course (two hours a week).
  • Being available over email to help students in case they have any questions pertaining to the course.
  • Meeting regularly with the course instructor.

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must be currently enrolled as a graduate student in good standing at the University of Michigan. Appointed candidate must have completed or take WRITING 993 concurrently with the appointment.

Desired Qualifications*

  • relevant academic preparation for teaching the course material;
  • (preferably) prior GSI experience/with favorable student evaluations;
  • overall academic performance and progress toward the degree;
  • ability to work with diverse student body and with very diverse assignments;
  • compatible availability.

Contact Information

Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
3040 Modern Languages Building
812 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Or email Jennifer Lucas,
Ph: 734-936-0150

Decision Making Process

All applications will be submitted for review to the faculty member teaching the course. Possible interviews will take place on a rolling basis and decisions will be made by December 18, 2019. After review of applications and possible interviews, decisions will be made by the faculty member teaching the course.

Selection Process

All GSI appointments are subject to administrative approval. Applicants may request information about the status of their application from the program at any time.

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.