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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 (including names of two faculty references).

(3) Previous U-M teaching evaluations, as applicable.

Job Summary

The Slavic Department is looking to hire one (1) GSI at a .50 and one (1) GSI for a .25 for Russian 375/History 328/RCHUMS 334 (Literature and Empire: Nineteenth-Century Russian Prose).  This course fulfills the upper-level writing requirement for undergraduate students. No knowledge of Russian is required (all readings and discussions will be in English).

Course Description

This is an interdisciplinary course that uncovers the deep connection between politics and art while discussing Russian imperialism in historical and literary contexts.

When we think of Russia, past or present, we associate it with imperialist ambition, forceful projections of power, and abrupt annexations. But in terms of its contributions to the world, we think of Russia as home to a unique culture– rich in music, the fine arts, and especially literature, universally acclaimed for its humanistic ethos, empathy, and psychological depth. The purpose of this course is to explore the connection between these two aspects of Russian culture and to probe the ways in which the imperial drive influenced – and was artistically mediated by – literature, especially nineteenth-century prose.

This course examines major social and political developments in nineteenth-century Russia and considers them from the differing perspectives of history and literary studies. It introduces students to methodologies used in each of these disciplines and encourages them to pursue their own scholarly interests in the intersections between multiple fields. Focusing on ethnic, religious, socio-economic, and cultural diversity in the Russian Empire we will explore those issues in broad historical context and analyze their treatment in nineteenth-century literature. Looking comparatively at diverse developments in nineteenth-century Russia, we will think about both the actual history of the Russian empire and the literary representations of it, with the requirement that students’ projects also explore both. In this course students will learn how to use multiple perspectives and integrate knowledge in order to approach complex problems.


  • Grading two argumentative papers, including drafts, from each student.
  • Grading six short essays (800 words maximum) from each student.
  • Holding regular office hours to assist students throughout the course.
  • Being available over email and zoom to help students in case they have any questions pertaining to the course.
  • Holding two Group Review Sessions.
  • Meeting regularly with the course instructor.
  • The course number is Russian 375/History 333/RCHUMS 334 and the time is MW, 2:30-4 PM

Required Qualifications*

Currently enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Michigan. No knowledge of Russian required. 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 positive 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

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 15, 2020. 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

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