GSI - Italian 240 (Fall 2023)

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How to Apply

In addition to applying via the on-line University of Michigan Careers website, please submit:

-- Resume/curriculum vitae

-- Application letter including a description of teaching experience

-- UM academic transcript (unofficial is fine)

-- Student course evaluations from any course(s) taught

-- 2 to 3 letters of recommendation

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Course Description

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures seeks applications from qualified UM Graduate Students to teach discussion sections and grade for the Italian 240 course for the Fall 2023 term.

This course incorporates history, testimony, and movies to analyze a social phenomenon viewed by some as typically Italian: the mafia. From its origins in nineteenth-century Sicily to its global reach today, we study the mafia as a business model, a cultural phenomenon, a social structure, a form of terrorism, and a challenge to international policing. This course is taught for R&E credit. Topics covered include anti-southern bias in Italy, anti-Italian bias in the US, and anti-Black racism in the US.


Successful applicants will have the following responsibilities:

  • Attending lectures and completing the readings for the course
  • Teaching three discussion sections per week
  • Grading, including written assignments, exams, and class participation
  • Regular office hours

Lectures are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-2:30. Discussion sections meet Fridays from 10-11, 12-1, and 1-2.

Required Qualifications*

Applicants with knowledge of modern European history and/or modern American history are encouraged to apply.

Desired Qualifications*

Applicants with knowledge of modern European history and/or modern American history are encouraged to apply.

Contact Information

Desiree Laurencelle,

Decision Making Process

We expect to make a decision on or before April 30, 2023.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the RLL GSI Hiring Committee.  The Committee will make hiring recommendations to the course instructor.

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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.

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