GRAD STU INSTR - German 386 (Fall 2023)

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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

Fairy Tales is an introduction to the folk tales collected by and since the Brothers Grimm. We will discuss the tales, their modern adaptations in both literature and film, and learn about the scholarly perspectives that help us understand them (e.g. psychoanalysis, structural anthropology, sociohistorical or Marxist critique, feminism, and environmental criticism). We will study the Grimms’ cultural and intellectual context around 1800, which involves higher political stakes for the collection of folklore than one might imagine. We will also take up the full range of tales in their collection project, reading in addition to the stories familiar to North Americans many lesser-known, but highly revealing tales. Along with our own close readings, we will explore the approaches that scholars, artists, and writers have taken in interpreting and remaking the tales to consider the ways these stories and storytelling matter in today’s world.

The course is taught in English with no prerequisites.


GSI duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • leading two discussion sections per week (in-person)                                                          
  • grading student participation in discussion sections and assigned homework
  • grading one essay project of ~7 pages, as well as a midterm and final exam for each student
  • holding regular office hours throughout semester to assist students in discussion sections (GSI will also be available over email to assist students in case they have any questions or concerns)
  • meeting once a week with course instructor and fellow GSIs             
  • attending all lectures (TTH, 12-1 PM)

Required Qualifications*

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 required;
  • overall academic performance and progress toward the degree;
  • relevance to graduate training;
  • specific needs of the program and its students;
  • ability to work with a diverse student body;
  • prior teaching experience with favorable student evaluations;
  • scheduling constraints.
  • 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 
Ph: 734-936-0150

Decision Making Process

All applications will be submitted for review to the faculty member teaching the course. After review of applications and possible interviews, decisions will be made by the faculty member teaching the course. Decisions will be made prior to April 15, 2023.

Selection Process

The Faculty member will make the selection based on the desired qualifications listed.

GEO Contract Information

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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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