University of Michigan GRAD STU INSTR in Ann Arbor, Michigan

How to Apply

Please upload the following documents as one PDF document with your application:

  1. a cover letter, which should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experiences that directly relate to this position.

  2. CV (including names of two faculty references).

  3. Former GSIs at the University of Michigan should attach summary sheets from teaching evaluations.

Course Description

German 386: Fairy Tales

The heart of this course is a close reading and discussion of numerous tales collected by the Grimm Brothers, both classics and many lesser-known tales of equal or greater interest. We study the genesis of the Grimm’s collection, which was very different from what most people imagine. We also read important scholarship on the Grimm’s tales, and at the same time seek to place them within larger interpretive contexts. We explore both the “iconography” and the “archaeology” of the fairy tale, and discuss the fairy tale’s ongoing influence in contemporary society. In doing so, we examine modern adaptations and manifestations of such tales, and seek to understand why and how fairy tales remain so captivating for generation after generation of those who experience them.


GSI duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • leading two discussion sections per week

  • grading student participation in discussion sections

  • grading one essay project of circa 7 pages, as well as a midterm and final exam for each student

  • holding regular office hours throughout semester to assist students in discussion sections (GSI will also be available over email to assist students in case they have any questions or concerns)

  • meeting once a week with course instructor and fellow GSIs

  • attending all lectures

Required Qualifications*

Currently enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Michigan.

Desired Qualifications*

  • relevant academic preparation for teaching the course material;

  • no knowledge of German required;

  • overall academic performance and progress toward the degree;

  • relevance to graduate training;

  • specific needs of the program and its students;

  • ability to work with diverse student body;

  • prior teaching experience with favorable student evaluations.

Contact Information

Jennifer White

Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures

3109 Modern Languages Building

812 E. Washington Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Ph: 734-936-0150

Decision Making Process

All applications will be submitted for review to the faculty member teaching the course. After review of applications and possible interviews, decisions will be made by the faculty member teaching the course.

Selection Process

The Faculty member will make the selection based on the desired qualifications listed.

GEO Contract Information

The University will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, familial status, parental status or pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, height, weight, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, HIV antibody status, political belief, membership in any social or political organization, participation in a grievance or complaint whether formal or informal, or any other factor where the item in question will not interfere with job performance and where the employee is otherwise qualified. The University of Michigan agrees to abide by the protections afforded employees with disabilities as outlined in the rules and regulations which implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Information for the Office of Institutional Equity may be found at and for the University Ombuds at .

Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions. In the event that an Employee does not receive his or her preferred assignment, he or she can request a written explanation or an in-person interview with the hiring agents(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.

This position, as posted, is subject to a collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees' Organization, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO 3550.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

Job Detail

Job Opening ID


Working Title

GSI - Fairy Tales (3 positions at .50)

Job Title


Work Location

Ann Arbor CampusAnn Arbor, MI

Full/Part Time




FLSA Status


Organizational Group

College Of Lsa


LSA Germanic Languages & Lit.

Posting Begin/End Date

5/19/2017 – 6/02/2017

Career Interests

Graduate StudentsGraduate Student Instructors (GEO)

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