Graduate Student Instructor in Germanic Language & Literature

Michigan, United States
09 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Part Time

How to Apply

Applicants must apply and submit material through the site. Please upload the following documents as one PDF document with your application: 

  1. A cover letter addressing your specific interest in the position and qualifications that directly relates to this position. 
  2. A curriculum vita (including names of two faculty references).
  3. Previous U-M teaching evaluations, as applicable. 

Job Summary

The German Department is looking to hire one (1) GSI at a .35 for German 402/History 417/Phil 475 (Twentieth-Century German and European Thought).  This course fulfills the upper-level writing requirement for undergraduate students. No knowledge of German is required (all readings and discussions will be in English).  

Course Description

Students will concentrate on the seminal theoretical moments and movements during the long 20th century, an era that includes Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Martin Heidegger, the philosophers of the Frankfurt school such as Walter Benjamin and Theodor W. Adorno, and political philosophers such as Carl Schmitt and Hannah Arendt; non-German authors include George Bataille, Jaques Derrida, and Michel Foucault. We will also look at some literary texts by Kafka, Camus, and Ernst Juenger.


  • Grading two papers from each student.
  • Holding regular office hours to assist students throughout the course.
  • Being available over email to help students in case they have any questions pertaining to the course.
  • Holding Group Review Sessions.
  • Meeting regularly with the course instructor.
  • Attendance at course lectures (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 PM). 

Required Qualifications*

  • Currently enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Michigan. 
  • No knowledge of German required. 

Desired Qualifications*

  • relevant academic preparation for teaching the course material;
  • prior GSI experience with favorable student evaluations;
  • overall positive academic performance and progress toward the degree;
  • relevant graduate training;
  • ability to work with diverse student body and with very diverse assignments;
  • willingness to develop innovative approaches in the classroom. 

Contact Information

Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures3109 Modern Languages Building812 E. Washington StreetAnn Arbor, MI 48109Or email it to Jennifer Lucas at jenpatri@umich.eduPh: 734-936-0150

Decision Making Process

All applications will be submitted for review to the faculty member teaching the course. Possible interviews will take place on a rolling basis and decisions will be made by November 30, 2018. After review of applications and possible interviews, decisions will be made by the faculty member teaching the course.  

Selection Process

All GSI appointments are subject to administrative approval. Applicants may request information about the status of their application from the program at any time.  

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