GRAD STU INSTR - DIGITAL 334 (Winter 2024)

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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached and uploaded as the first page of your CV/resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

If you have held a GSI position at U-M, as part of your cover letter please provide the course title, number, term and faculty instructor for each course taught.

If you have held a GSI position at U-M please attach the summary sheets of the E&E evaluations for all courses previously taught. This information should be uploaded in a single document combined with your cover letter and resume/CV. If you have trouble including your evals, you may email the evals only to Sarah Torsch at

Course Description

Far from the image of the stereotypical 'gamer' popularized by late 1980s/1990s gaming publications and advertisements, modern video and board game audiences are more diverse than ever. The people making the games we play, however, still largely reflect that narrow core gamer audience of the late 20th century. Labor issues in the game design industry abound, as lawsuits such as California Department of Fair Employment and Housing v. Activision Blizzard painfully illustrate.

This course will offer a deep dive on the fascinating intersections of race and gender with interactive media. We will begin with an exploration of the queer experience of failure and its use as an interactive metaphor for passing. Next, we will explore the role of representation and embodiment in interactive media: from depictions of the other in games like Fallout and Fable to the connections between orientalism and the foundations of game studies to the at-hand nature of colonialist narratives in games, we will explore the intersection of race and interactive media. We will end the semester with a discussion on game industry labor issues, gaming cultures problem with harassment (ala Gamergate & its connections to the alt-right movement), and a brief look at game accessibility.

Course Requirements
This course requires regular participation in lectures and discussion sections.

Intended Audience
American Culture majors, Ethnic Studies majors (APIA, DAAS, Latina/o, Native American), Screen Arts & Cultures majors, Womens Studies majors, digital environments students, as well as a general audience.

Class Format
Two 1.5-hour interactive lecture sessions, and one 60-minute discussion section.


There is one open GSI position for this course at a .35 appointment

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Evaluating and grading coursework
  • Holding regular office hours to assist students throughout the course
  • Being available over email to the students, and helping students in case they have any questions pertaining to the course
  • Attending all lectures (T/TH 11:30 - 1:00 pm) and instructor meetings.
  • The GSI position will be teaching two discussion sections per week 
  • Discussion sections are scheduled for the following days/times. Applicants should be available during all of these timeframes. Assignment of your specific two discussion sections will be finalized closer to the start of the term:
    • Friday 10:00 - 11:00 am
    • Friday 11:00 - 12:00 pm
    • Friday 12:00 - 1:00 pm
    • Friday 1:00 - 2:00 pm


Required Qualifications*

Applicants with knowledge of digital studies and the intersection of race/gender and interactive media. Currently enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Michigan. 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. Ability to effectively teach and evaluate undergraduate students.

Desired Qualifications*

Background and knowledge relevant to digital studies. LSA student enrolled in a graduate program.

Contact Information

Sarah Torsch, Training Coordinator,

Decision Making Process

This posting will be active for 30 days, however, we will be reviewing applications as they are submitted.

Selection Process

Selection criteria include background and experience explicit to the topic of the course. The decision will be made by the course instructor and Director of Graduate Studies. Applicants may request the status of their application from the department at any time.

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