Graduate Student Instructor in Literature, Science and Arts

Michigan, United States
30 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
14 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Part Time

How to Apply

Candidates should submit cover letter and CV through the UM job portal.

Course Description

Honors 231: Reading the Qur'an

Is the Qur’an a great book? Obviously, the answer to that question is yes. The Qur’an brought Islam into being as a world religion almost 1500 years ago. And today it serves as an indispensable guide and source of inspiration for more than 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide. It is a daily presence in the lives of Muslims – read, seen, and heard more often than any other book. At the same time, the Qur’an questions our definition of the book: it doesn’t tell a linear story or set out numbered commandments, like Jewish and Christian scripture. The Qur’an creates a unique relationship between reader and text, and challenges us to think differently about what we do when we read. In this course, we will read the Qur’an in English translation, alongside pre-Islamic poetry, modern scholarship on the Qur’an, and literary and artistic works inspired by the Qur’an. And we’ll study topics like Qur’anic recitation, tafsir (Qur’anic exegesis), and ecological and feminist readings of the Qur’an. Our aim is to think about the Qur’an as great book and as great literature: a book meant to challenge the intellect and stir the soul.


The GSI will lead two discussion sections of the larger course, and will work closely with the course's faculty instructor to achieve the teaching and learning outcomes of the course.As part of the Honors Core Curriculum, this course introduces Honors students to the fields, questions and meta-questions, and methodologies of the Humanities. This course is a discussion section of a large lecture course; the lead instructor of the course will provide regular guidance; GSIs will collaborate with her and other GSIs in the course, and instructors and GSIs from other Honors Core Courses. GSIs in the Honors Core are expected to participate in occasional events for Core courses.

Required Qualifications*

Good standing in a Ph.D. program in a relevant department.

Desired Qualifications*

Candidacy in a Ph.D. program in a relevant department; experience teaching humanities courses at UM or other college or university.

Contact Information

Contact Dr. Lisa Broome at with questions. Applications are due by December 17, 2018 but all positions may be filled by then.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Honors Program Associate Director who will make a hiring recommendation to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Honors Program Associate Director who will make a hiring recommendation to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

GEO Contract Information

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