GRAD STU INSTR - AAS 254 (Fall 2023)

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How to Apply

Submit a letter of application stating your interest in this position and outlining relevant academic and personal experience suiting you for it. Include the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least two faculty members with whom you have worked who can serve as references. If you have held prior GSI positions, please list the contact information for the faculty members with whom you worked most recently (no more than two). Curriculum vitae, a list of relevant coursework and grades received in those courses. Former GSIs at the University of Michigan should attach summary sheets from teaching evaluations.

Note: All documents should be submitted as one (1) PDF.

Course Description

AAS 254 - The History and Evolution of Hip Hop. 

This course examines the emergence, growth, and changing character of Hip Hop culture over its forty year history. Using a wide range of readings, music, films, and other material, students explore the historical context for Hip Hop’s birth and evolution and assess its continuing impact on American society. The specific topics covered examine the ways that Hip Hop has evolved over its four decades—aesthetically, artistically, commercially—and help students to develop their own understanding how and why Hip Hop grew from a small subculture practiced by black and Latino youth in economically and socially marginalized sections of New York City to its current place of cultural prominence, commercial and artistic influence, and broad acceptance in American culture. Students are evaluated through a series of writing assignments that use course material and engagement with specified sources outside of class to develop interpretations of Hip Hop at various stages of its growth.


The GSI appointed to this position is expected to attend all lectures and all of her/his assigned discussion sections; be at lectures on time; attend and be prepared for weekly planning meetings (complete the readings and have plans/ideas for how to run discussion sections); complete tasks assigned by instructor on time.  The GSI is responsible for grading all assignments and examinations and she/he bears the primary responsibility for computing final grades.  Grading must be completed in a timely fashion.  The GSI is expected to provide feedback to students. The GSI must post regular weekly office hours and she/he is expected to be at the location specified for office hours on time and for the duration of office hours.  If the GSI has to set up equipment, etc. for lectures, she/he is expected to accomplish what is necessary early enough to assure that lectures/discussions can begin on time. The GSI is expected to keep attendance records for the class and a careful record of students grades.  All GSIs must be ready to assume their responsibilities in the course beginning August 28, 2023.

Appointment Period: Fall Term 2023
Estimated FTE: Four positions with .50 fraction.  Each GSI is responsible for two discussion sections with enrollment limits of 25 per section.

Required Qualifications*

Familiarity with and course work at the graduate level dealing with the general subject matter of the course are considered very important, as is evidence of effective teaching and the ability to work well with students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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*

Prior teaching experience is preferred but not required.

Contact Information

Wayne High, 4700 Haven Hall, 734 764-9300,

Decision Making Process

GSIs for AAS 254 will be selected by the DAAS faculty member teaching the class with final approval coming from the DAAS Administrative Team.

Selection Process

Candidates will be evaluated for this position based on the strength of her/his application. Decision Making Date: Friday, April 14, 2023.

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.

Standard Practice Guide 601.38, Required Disclosure of Felony Charges and/or Felony Convictions applies to all Graduate Student Assistants (GSAs). SPG 601.38 may be accessed online at , and its relation to your employment can be found in MOU 10 of your employment contract.

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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.