GSI - History 253

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How to Apply

In additional to applying via the University of Michigan Careers website, applicants are required to fill out the departmental application: https://umich.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bO3JLGCWtrn9Ez4   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.

The application deadline is Friday, August 12 at 5:00 PM

Questions may be directed to History-SSM@umich.edu.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Course Description

HISTORY 253 - Europe, 300-1648: The Rise and Fall of the Middle Ages
In this course, we will explore the history of medieval and early modern Europe through a close study of its peoples and their place within the wider world. Our investigation will begin in fourth-century Rome, as the rise of Christianity and imperial expansion shifted the political, social, and religious landscapes of Europe. We will interpret the past through the perspectives of powerful Umayyad caliphs in the Iberian Peninsula, Norse explorers in Scandinavia, and female mystics throughout Europe. We will conclude in 1648, at the close of the Thirty Years’ War, amidst an early modern moment with its own religious, political, and colonial landscapes both evocative of and far different from our fourth-century starting place. Along the way, we will ask historical questions such as: What did it mean to be “European,” and how was Europe connected to the early modern world more broadly? What was it like to navigate premodern European society from the margins, as a woman, person of color, or LGBTQ+ person? And what can this history reveal about our lives today, as we consider social and political reforms, gender and sexuality movements, and society in the midst of continuity and change?

  • Course Requirements: Instead of midterm and final exams, students will complete reflective and creative writing assignments, culminating in a podcast script final project.
  • Intended Audience: First and second-year students interested in history and all students needing humanities credit.
  • Class Format: Lecture with discussion sections.

GSIs must attend the weekly lectures (Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30-4:00 PM) and must lead the two discussion sections (Thursday, 1:00-2:00 PM, Thursday, 2:00 -3:00 PM)

ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ON THE LSA COURSE GUIDE (lsa.umich.edu/cg).

Responsibilities*

Applicants to this posting will be considered for one 35% GSI appointment depending on enrollment.

Lead two weekly discussion sections; grade homework, papers, and tests; attend lecture twice weekly; create and implement teaching plans in consultation with the lead instructor; attend meetings with the other course GSIs and instructor; hold two office hours each week in Haven Hall.

Required Qualifications*

Students who have not previously been a GSI for the College of LSA will be required to complete the online CRLT GSI Teaching Orientation before August 28.

Desired Qualifications*

Students who have not previously been a GSI for the College of LSA will be required to complete the online CRLT GSI Teaching Orientation before August 28.

Background Screening

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Contact Information

Contact History-SSM@umich.edu with any questions related to your application.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of HIST 253. The instructor will make a hiring recommendation. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of HIST 253. The instructor will make a hiring recommendation. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.
 

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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