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A cover letter and a writing sample are required in order to be considered for this position and should be attached as the first and second pages of your resume/cv. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. The cover letter should also note any scheduling conflicts with the identified evening performances. Lastly, please list two professional references. If one of these references is an instructor that you were a GSI for, please identify them.

Course Description

Engaging Performance”  (ALA 260.001 / LSWA 228.002 Music Performance 200.001)

This course connects undergraduate students directly to the touring, world-class artists who perform music, theater, and dance on the U-M campus. Students will attend six live performances, talk with the artists and arts administrators, and explore how the performing arts are an integral part of our lives and the world at large. Class will include lectures (including some by guests and visiting artists), weekly discussion sections, required attendance at evening performances, interactive classroom activities, weekly readings, response papers about the performances, and group presentations from students in class.

Students, the GSI, and instructors will attend these six required performances:

1)    Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth - January 8, 2022 8PM
2)    Imani Winds with the Catalyst Quartet - January 29, 2022 8PM
3)    Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez - February 6, 2022 4PM
4)    National Arab Orchestra - March 19, 2022 8PM
5)    Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower - March 26, 2022 8PM
6)    SW!NG OUT - April 1, 2022 8PM


Attend classes (T-Th 1:00PM–2:30PM); attend required performances; track student attendance in class and at performances; grade and respond to all written and other assignments; hold weekly office hours to answer questions and to offer informal writing instruction to students; help with coordinating student presentations; meet regularly with instructors for updates on course planning. There are no discussion sections in this course. We can accommodate some scheduling conflicts with required performances to be discussed and approved with the professors and UMS staff.

Required Qualifications*

Graduate student at the University of Michigan who is curious about and comfortable with the arts and able to give feedback on students’ weekly written responses. Must be in good academic standing.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary studies;
  • Ability to work with diverse student bodies;
  • Familiarity with the performing arts.

Additional Information

Instructors: Brandon Scott Rumsey ( and Shelley Manis (

Contact Information

Maddy Wildman ( Brandon Scott Rumsey ( and Shelley Manis (

Application Deadline

Application Deadline: December 1, 2021 Anticipated Offer date: December 15, 2020

Decision Making Process

All applications will be submitted for review to the faculty members teaching the course. After a review of the applications and possible interviews, the decision will be made by the professors of the course.

Selection Process

Selection of grader will be made by instructors (Brandon Scott Rumsey and Shelley Manis). Selection criteria include writing excellence as well as experience in the teaching of writing and/or with the arts or arts education, excellent communication skills, and relevance of graduate training.

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.

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