WGS 240 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, Fall 22

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How to Apply

A cover letter is required for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline your skills, experience, and education that directly relate to teaching WGS 240 Intro. to Women's and Gender Studies. In the cover letter please provide the course title, number, term and faculty instructor for the course(s) for which you have served as a GSI, and the names and contact information for two professional references.  Upload the document via this portal in the following format: YourLastName.WGS240. 

* The portal will not take large files so please attach the summary sheets of the E&E evaluations for all U-M courses previously taught in one document  and send wgsgsiinquiry@umich.edu.  Name the document "your last name.evals.WGS240." Please only send E&E evals to that address, not the application.

Course Description

A survey introduction to the critical, theoretical, and historical study of women and gender from feminist and cross-cultural perspectives. Readings range across a wide body of feminist scholarship in order to familiarize students with key questions, theoretical tools, and issues within the field. The course aims to sharpen critical awareness of how gender operates in institutional and cultural contexts, in students’ own lives and the lives of others. Two questions are central to the course:

How is gender created and maintained through social practices (e.g., ideology or media representations)?

How do these gendered social practices intersect with other social categories, such as race, ethnicity, class, disability, and sexuality?

Because Women’s and Gender Studies grew out of activism, this course will explore the relationship between how we generate critical knowledge about gender and how we work to use this knowledge to promote social justice at gender's intersection with other identities. Most of the course materials are drawn from the US context; however, we will also engage with feminist issues and activism in other parts of the world and transnationally.


 WGS 240 is taught by an interdisciplinary team of five GSIs and one faculty member. GSI responsibilities include attending lecture, teaching two 2-hour discussion sections of 25 students each, grading for the sections, and participating in weekly team meetings.

This is a .5 GSI fraction.

GSIS will be required to attend the WGS teaching development workshop before fall classes begin. GSIs who have not previously done so are required to complete the CRLT GSI Teaching Orientation before classes start.  

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must have an academic background in feminist scholarship.

To be appointed as a GSI or GSSA, a graduate student must be in good standing in their degree program and for Terms I and II, must be registered for not less than six (6) credit hours. With written approval of the student's faculty advisor, five (5) credit hours may be acceptable.

Desired Qualifications*

We are looking for GSIs who are familiar with a range of feminist issues, have studied feminist scholarship at the graduate level, have held a GSI position at the U-M, and are interested in collaborating on a teaching team.

Contact Information

Send inquiries to wgsgsiinquiry@umich.edu

Decision Making Process

The faculty member teaching the course reviews the applications and recommends qualified candidates to the department. The department makes the final offers.

Selection Process

Please see decision making process.

GEO Contract Information

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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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