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How to Apply

In addition to applying via the University of Michigan Careers website, applicants are required to fill out the departmental application: https:// webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/1377. In order to be considered for this position, both applications must be completed by the deadline. The departmental application includes:

  • Basic academic and professional information
  • A resume/CV
  • An unofficial transcript

Graduate Student Instructor positions are only open to current or matriculating University of Michigan graduate students.

Questions may be directed to mes-gradservices@umich.edu.

Course Description

JUDAIC/MIDEAST/SLAVIC 281: Jews in the Modern World—Texts, Images, Ideas

Using literature, film, visual arts, and other cultural documents, this course explores how Jews around the world responded to modernity and the powerful cultural, political, economic, and social forces it unleashed.  Students will consider the impact of unprecedented new freedoms and horrific persecutions on Jewish religion, politics, and culture. 

More information about this course can be found on the LSA Course Guide (lsa.umich.edu/cg).

Responsibilities*

Students who apply to this posting will be considered for one 35% GSI position.

Primary responsibilities of the position include: attending lecture; leading two discussion sections a week; grading all assignments; creating and implementing teaching plans in consultation with the lead instructor of the course; attending regular meetings with the lead instructor; assisting with the assessment of students during final term grading; holding a minimum of two virtual office hours each week.

Students who have not previously been a GSI for the College of LSA will be required to attend the online CRLT GSI Teaching Orientation as an online program.

Please consult the LSA Course Guide or email the instructor directly for the most up-to-date information about the planned format of the lecture portion of this course. It is assumed that all discussion sections will be available to students in a remote format (this may be synchronous or asynchronous, to be determined in consultation with the lead faculty for the course and in response to student needs). After hiring, GSIs will be asked if they want to offer an in-person component of some or all discussion sections, but this is not expected or required.

Required Qualifications*

Previous coursework in Middle East/Near Eastern studies, modern Jewish studies, or Jewish literature or history.  Good English writing skills are required. Students whose undergraduate degree is from an institution where the language of instruction is not English must have already taken or be currently enrolled in the English Language Institute’s ELI 994. The student must have a passing score of 4 on the Oral English Test (OET). 

Desired Qualifications*

An undergraduate major or minor in literature or history, preferably focused on Jewish Studies, Slavic Studies, Middle East or Near Eastern Studies, German, or English.  Some knowledge of Hebrew language is desirable. Enrollment in a graduate program focused on Judaic, Slavic, or Middle East Studies, English, Comparative Literature, or History is helpful, as well as previous experience in higher education instruction.

Contact Information

Contact mes-gradservices@umich.edu with any questions related to your application.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of JUDAIC/MIDEAST/SLAVIC 281. The instructor will make a hiring recommendation to the department and a department administrator will then authorize the appointment paperwork.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of JUDAIC/MIDEAST/SLAVIC 281. The instructor will make a hiring recommendation to the department and a department administrator will then authorize the appointment paperwork.

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.


Information for the Office for Institutional Equity may be found at oie.umich.edu/ and for the University Ombuds at ombuds.umich.edu/


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.


Standard Practice Guide 601.38, Required Disclosure of Felony Charges and/or Felony Convictions applies to all Graduate Student Assistants (GSAs). SPG 601.38 may be accessed online at spg.umich.edu/policy/601.38 , and its relation to your employment can be found in MOU 10 of your employment contract.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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