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How to Apply

Applicants must apply and submit material through careers.umich.edu. 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.

Course Description

This course is a thorough examination of antisemitism and the Holocaust in the Netherlands and beyond through the careful analysis of the Diary of Anne Frank, its film, stage and television adaptations, and related materials. It tells the story and legacy of the Diary in a country that lost around 75% of its Jewish population in the Holocaust, second only to Poland. The course looks to Dutch history and society, and especially histories of segregation and racism, to explain the devastating number, to examine its effects, and to ask how we can recognize and combat racism and persecution today. Significant links are made to anti-Black racism in the Netherlands and the US. Topics include Jewish migration, Jewish Amsterdam, antisemitism and colonial racism, bystanding versus rescue, Holocaust denial, and controversial issues such as the fictionalization of Anne Frank and alleged Holocaust exploitation. Assigned reading forms the basis for daily writing and critical in-class discussion, and prepares students for writing graded research papers.

Responsibilities*

  • Mediate Classroom Discussions (alongside instructor).
  • Model the use of the Diary of Anne Frank on four special class days.
  • Grade and provide feedback on two research papers from each student.
  • Check homework assignments and enter grades on Canvas.
  • Hold regular office hours to assist students throughout the course.
  • Be available over email to help students in case they have any questions pertaining to the course.
  • Help run Paper Writing Workshops.
  • Meet regularly with the course instructor.
  • Attendance at course lectures (Mondays and Wednesdays,11:30 AM-1:00 PM)

Required Qualifications*

  • Currently enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Michigan.
  • No knowledge of Dutch required.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Relevant academic preparation for teaching the course material;
  • Prior GSI experience with favorable student evaluations;
  • Experience with grading research papers in larger courses;
  • 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 Germanic Languages & Literatures
3109 Modern Languages Building
812 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Or email it to Jennifer Lucas at jenpatri@umich.edu
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 April 30, 2021. 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.