Graduate Student Instructor in Slavic Studies

Michigan, United States
09 Nov 2018
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19 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Part Time

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Job Summary

The Slavic Languages & Literatures Department is looking to hire 1 GSI to lead one discussion section for faculty-led lectures in Slavic 312 (Central European Cinema) in Winter 2019. The need for this position will be determined by enrollment and other departmental factors.

Course Description

In this course, we will learn how films from Poland, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic and Slovakia), Hungary, Estonia, and the former Yugoslavia represent the historical and social circumstances that shaped (and still shape) gendered, ethnic, and racial relations in Eastern Europe. We will begin with films that tackle the atrocities committed during World War II, including the persecution of Jews and the Holocaust. The second unit will explore how state socialism shaped the experiences of women. Women were allowed (or in some cases forced) to enter the workforce, but persisting patriarchal attitudes meant that they continued to be responsible for domestic duties and child care, resulting in the “double burden.” We will screen and discuss films that are critical of patriarchal attitudes towards and about women, specifically as it pertains to the role of woman as mother and sexual object. Our last unit will revisit the themes of war and genocide, drawing on readings and films about the Yugoslav wars and the ethnic animosities between Croats, Serbs, and Bosnians in the 1990s, and how these ethnic tensions played out over the bodies of women.


Duties include, but are not limited, to the following:• Teach one discussion section of 25 students.• Attendance at all lectures and film screenings (five hours per week)• Read, evaluate, and comment on three student papers and two rewrites of papers.• 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.• Meeting regularly with the course instructor.

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must be currently enrolled as a graduate student in good standing at the University of Michigan.

Desired Qualifications*

• relevant academic preparation for teaching the course material;• (preferably) prior GSI experience/with favorable student evaluations;• overall academic performance and progress toward the degree;• ability to work with diverse student body and with very diverse assignments;• compatible availability.

Background Screening

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Contact Information

Zaineb Al-Kalby

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. 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.

GEO Contract Information

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