GSI - FRENCH 242 (Winter 2024)

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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 and your section availability (Discussion sections Thurs 9-10, 12-1, 1-2 &  Fri 10-11, 11-12, 1-2)

-- UM academic transcript (unofficial is fine)

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

-- 1 letter of recommendation

Course Description

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures seeks applications from qualified UM Graduate Students to teach discussion sections and grade for the French 242 course for the Winter 2024 term.

In this course we will use medieval literary texts and studies of medieval Europe as lenses through which to explore the narrative and representational logics that organize Game of Thrones. We will explore the personal ambition and dynastic succession, class structures, feuds, love affairs, and warfare. We will also be attentive to the racializing logics of the series and depictions of gender, sexuality, and social hierarchies. This course also offers an introduction to fan fiction and you will work in teams to write a fan fiction that develops, revises, or recreates some aspect of Game of Thrones. The course is taught in English and all assignments are in English.


Successful applicants will have the following responsibilities:

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

Lectures are Mondays/Wednesdays 1-2:30 pm.

Discussion sections Thurs 9-10, 12-1, 1-2 &  Fri 10-11, 11-12, 1-2

Required Qualifications*

All applicants must be graduate students enrolled at the University of Michigan in good academic standing.

Desired Qualifications*

Previous experience as a GSI with favorable student evaluations, and/or previous experience teaching in RLL.

Contact Information

Submit all questions to

Decision Making Process

We expect to make a decision on or before November 3, 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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