GRAD STU INSTR - German 401 (Fall 2022)

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How to Apply

Please upload the following documents as one PDF document with your application: 

(1) a cover letter, which should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experiences that directly relate to this position. 

(2) CV (including names of two faculty references).

(3) Former GSIs at the University of Michigan should attach summary sheets from teaching evaluations.

Course Description

Between the upheavals of the French Revolution and the First World War, the European nations witnessed an utter transformation of their world. The relations of human beings to the nation, to the state, to history, and to the physical world were rethought from top to bottom. Our exploration of modern ideas take us from rationalism to racism, and from utopian ideologies to the birth of psychoanalysis.

Responsibilities*

GSI duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Reading paper drafts and provide close guidance for students in rewrite process.
  • Grading three short essays, some quizzes, and one final paper from each student.
  • Holding regular office hours to assist students throughout the course.
  • Being available over email to help students in case they have any questions pertaining to the course.
  • Meeting regularly with the course instructor.
  • Attendance at some lectures and assist minimally with lectures.

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must be currently enrolled as a graduate student in good standing at the University of Michigan. 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*

  • relevant academic preparation for teaching the course material;
  • no knowledge of German or philosophy required, but some familiarity with 19th-century thought will be helpful;
  • (preferably) prior GSI experience/with favorable student evaluations;
  • overall academic performance and progress toward the degree;
  • ability to work with diverse student body and with very diverse assignments;
  • compatible availability;
  • LSA student enrolled in a graduate program

Contact Information

Jennifer Lucas
Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
3109 Modern Languages Building
812 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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 mid-July. 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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