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How to Apply

Interested applicants must complete both of the following steps:

1. Apply to this job opening through the U-M Jobs portal.

2. Email a cover letter, CV, and references as a single PDF document to js-student-services@umich.edu  in the following order.  Please use Subject Line: GSI Judaic 217 - WN2021

  • A cover letter that addresses your specific interest in the position and outlines your skills, education, and experience that directly relates to this position.
  • A current academic CV
  • Names and email addresses of at least two professional references

Course Description

The Bible is often imagined as an eternal and unchanging book. However, the late 19th and early 20th centuries witnessed the (re)discovery of dozens of lost works that revolutionized the modern understanding of how the Bible came into being, what was included in ancient Bibles, and what Judaism(s) and Christianit(ies) looked like in the early centuries of the Common Era. This course follows the dusty adventures of the modern players who discovered these lost books and uses these swashbuckling tales as a jumping off point to reconstruct the lives and thought of the ancient scribes and visionaries who composed these works.

Class Format:

Instruction/Learning Mode: The weekly lectures for this course will be recorded and made available asynchronously. We will also have asynchronous written discussions through Yellowdig.

Course Testing/Assessment:

Evaluation will take the form of open-book untimed, reading quizzes due on a weekly basis and creative project-based written work due at midterms and finals. To help alleviate the challenges of current circumstances, extra credit will be available.

Platforms/Technology Used:

This course will use Canvas for all components including: Yellowdig discussions, lecture videos (also available through Youtube), quizzes, and assignment submission. These features are also available through the Canvas phone app.

Responsibilities*

This is a 30% position that entails 12 hours of effort per week.  GSI duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • attendance at three class lectures per week (remotely)
  • holding regular virtual office hours weekly and be available over email for questions or concerns
  • preparation – assistance in uploading, organizing, and adjusting instructional materials for best remote experience throughout the semester and preparation of review lists, study guides, and review quizzes based on lectures and readings, as needed based on final student enrollment and class performance.
  • grading –assistance checking in and correcting twice weekly homework, checking in weekly Perusal participation, transferring grades from Gradecraft and troubleshooting transfer issues, grading scaffolded midterm article assignments and final project stories maps.
  • meeting once a week with course instructor
  • participate in written ‘conversations’ on Perusal and Yellowdig to help guide student understanding of the lectures and readings and correction misperceptions of the assigned material as necessary.

Required Qualifications*

Current enrolled graduate student in good standing at the University of Michigan.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Prior GSI experience in the College of LSA
  • Experience with grading expository writing, story maps or other alternative research projects, and short qualitative reflection assignments.
  • Overall positive academic performance and progress toward the degree
  • Relevant graduate training
  • Ability to work with diverse student body
  • Preference will be given to applicants enrolled in LSA graduate programs
  • Ideal candidate will be familiar with biblical text and aware of the history of extrabiblical materials such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, Nag Hamadi library, and the books of Enoch.

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

Send inquiries to js-student-services@umich.edu

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

The Faculty member will make the selection based on the desired qualifications listedAll GSI appointments are subject to administrative approval.  Estimated date for an offer to be extended: December 10, 2020. Applicants may request 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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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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