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How to Apply

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

  1. A cover letter addressing your specific interest in the position and qualifications that directly relates to this position.
  2. A curriculum vita.
  3. Two recommendation letters from U-M faculty members.
  4. Previous U-M teaching evaluations, as applicable.

Course Description

Russian 347 (Survey of Russian Literatures) – ULWR (1 Position at .30)


This course focuses on the masterpieces of Russian fiction written between 1820 and 1870, including such classics of world literature as Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Evolving fast from Romanticism to High Realism, this period marks a blossoming of Russian culture, despite strained relations with political authorities. We will trace how writers treated the political, social, intellectual, and religious issues dividing their contemporaries, creating a unique kind of literature that claimed authority over society in settling these problems. Topics include romantic self-fashioning and posturing (including such risky aristocratic games as dueling and gambling), gender relations, the fate of the educated in society, violence and repentance, reform and stagnation, history and the private self, Russia and the West.


Duties include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Attending required lecturers (MW, 1-2:30 PM)
  • Teaching two discussion sections (F, 11-12 and 1-2 PM)
  • Reading paper drafts and provide close guidance for students in rewrite process
  • Conducting mandatory meetings with each student after paper 1, version 1, and paper 2, version 1 are submitted
  • Grading two papers from each student, submitted in two steps (first version + revision)
  • Holding regular office hours
  • 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*

Currently enrolled as a graduate student 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;
  • prior GSI experience/with favorable student evaluations;
  • overall academic performance and progress toward the degree;
  • relevant graduate training;
  • ability to work with diverse student body and with very diverse assignments;
  • willingness to develop innovative approaches in the classroom.

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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Contact Information

Jennifer Lucas, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures -

Decision Making Process

All applications will be submitted for review to the faculty member teaching the course. 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, genetic information, marital status, familial status, parental status or pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression (whether actual or perceived), 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, medical conditions including those related to pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, arrest record, 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 their preferred assignment, they 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.

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.