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AMCULT 204: US Culture and Digital Games ( JO #156151)

How to Apply

Candidates should submit cover letter and CV to ac-position@umich.edu with subject line: AMCULT 204: U.S. Culture and Digital Games.  Do NOT apply via the UM-Careers portal. The applicant’s cover letter should explain the specific framing that the candidate would use for this course. 

Job Summary

The Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan seeks qualified applicants to teach a course in American Culture for Fall 2018 to begin on September 1, 2018. This course is an elective for American Culture Majors, American Culture Minors, and Digital Studies Minors. It also meets the Humanities requirement.

Course Description

AMCULT 204: Themes in American Culture: U.S. Culture and Digital Games, Fall 2018

The video game industry now covers multiple sectors and generates more revenue than the movie and music industry. This course will examine the history, culture, and practice of video games in the U.S through critical readings, gameplay, and discussion.

Candidates must be available to teach M/W 2:30-4:00. The class will be capped at 35 students.

Required Qualifications*

Degree requirement:  Terminal degree or PhD in American Studies, Digital Studies, or other related discipline, is required.  Candidates should also provide evidence of specialized training/experience specific to the course content.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Job openings are posted for a minimum of ten calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

Decision Making Process

The position and appointment are subject to final approval by the department.

Selection Process

Applicants will be selected based upon demonstrated subject matter expertise, successful performance in the classroom, and the needs of the department.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

 

AMCULT 311: Heroes and Superheroes in U.S. Pop Culture ( JO #156157)

How to Apply

Candidates should submit cover letter and CV to ac-position@umich.edu with subject line: AMCULT 311: Heroes and Superheroes.  Do NOT apply via the UM-Careers portal. The applicant’s cover letter should explain the specific framing that the candidate would use for this course.

Job Summary

The Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan seeks qualified applicants to teach a course in American Culture. This course is an elective for American Culture Majors and Minors. It also meets the Humanities requirement.

Course Description

AMCULT 311: Topics in American Culture: Heroes and Superheroes in U.S. Pop Culture, Fall 2018

In this course, we will explore the dynamics of race and gender in the ways that U.S. popular culture represented fictional heroes from 1900 to the present. During those years the nation became an international and economic powerhouse, altering the ways in which Americans understood their place in the larger world. That coincided with a new consumer culture and domestic ideals that played out in novels, comic books, films, and television. Popular culture in the United States often used heroic (and superheroic) figures, initially almost always presented as white cis-gender men, as stand-ins for U.S. ambitions, to rationalize the gender/racial status quo, and to encourage audience emulation. Challenges to this mainstream came almost immediately as activists demanded broader depictions, representation in public life, and a redefinition of the dominant gender and racial hierarchies. This class will select a number of "hero" case studies from westerns, dramas, superhero comics, and television shows to explore specific issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality as they relate to changing notions of U.S. nationalism.

Candidates must be available to teach M/W 2:30-4:00. The class will be capped at 35 students.

Required Qualifications*

Degree requirement:  Terminal degree or PhD in American Studies, History, or other related discipline, is required.  Candidates should also provide evidence of specialized training/experience specific to the course content.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Job openings are posted for a minimum of ten calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

Decision Making Process

The position and appointment are subject to final approval by the department.

Selection Process

Applicants will be selected based upon demonstrated subject matter expertise, successful performance in the classroom, and the needs of the department.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

 

AMCULT 358: Topics in Digital Studies: Internet is a Trash Fire ( JO #156159)

How to Apply

Candidates should submit cover letter and CV to ac-position@umich.edu with subject line: AMCULT 358: The Internet is a Trash Fire.  Do NOT apply via the UM-Careers portal. The applicant’s cover letter should explain the specific framing that the candidate would use for this course.

Job Summary

The Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan seeks qualified applicants to teach a course in American Culture. This course is an elective for American Culture Majors, American Culture Minors, and Digital Studies Minors. It also meets the Interdisciplinary requirement.

Course Description

AMCULT 358: Topics in Digital Studies: The Internet is a Trash Fire, Fall 2018

Unlike many other countries, the U.S. defines itself less in terms of its past and more in terms of it future. Technologies, especially digital technologies, have become part of our national identity. Despite the Internet’s origins in the desire for a utopian global village, we have ended up with something very different: a trashfire of toxicity, harassment, and abuse. This course will address these questions: Why is the Internet a trashfire? and what new rules are needed to make the Internet a better place? Our central course problematic is ambitious: is it possible to fix the Internet? As our final collaborative project, our class will produce a new universal terms of service for Internet use. We will address these questions: What are the limits to equal participation online and how can we tell when they have been reached? How can we protect ourselves and others from harm online? How do we tell the difference between conflict and abuse, to use Sarah Schulman’s term? Students will write paper, give oral presentations, and collaborate on a New Rules for the Internet white paper.

Candidates must be available to teach M/W 10:00-11:30 am. The class will be capped at 35 students.

Required Qualifications*

Degree requirement:  Terminal degree or PhD in American Studies, Digital Studies, or other related discipline, is required.  Candidates should also provide evidence of specialized training/experience specific to the course content.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Job openings are posted for a minimum of ten calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

Decision Making Process

The position and appointment are subject to final approval by the department.

Selection Process

Applicants will be selected based upon demonstrated subject matter expertise, successful performance in the classroom, and the needs of the department.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

 

AMCULT 498: Capstone: Skin Deep: Race and Beauty in American Culture ( JO #156161)

How to Apply

Candidates should submit cover letter and CV to ac-position@umich.edu with subject line: AMCULT 498: Skin Deep.  Do NOT apply via the UM-Careers portal.The applicant’s cover letter should explain the specific framing that the candidate would use for this course. 

Job Summary

The Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan seeks qualified applicants to teach a course in American Culture. This course is a requirement for American Culture Majors. This course meets the Upper Level Writing Requirement, and is a meets together with the Women’s Studies Department

Course Description

AMCULT 498: American Culture Capstone: Skin Deep: Race and Beauty in American Culture, Fall 2018

The age-old saying, “beauty is only skin deep,” tells us that physical attractiveness does not account for more (meaningful) qualities such as character, intelligence, and goodness. But throughout American history, “beauty” has been used as a proxy to determine racial difference and at the same time, to ascertain those more meaningful personal characteristics.  Throughout this course, we will examine the various ways in which Americans have used determinants of beauty (e.g., body size, skin color, height, hair texture, facial symmetry, etc.) to racialize and subsequently, rank and place value on women and men.  Starting with Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia (1785) and ending with current-day discussions of beauty and race (e.g., Dark Girls documentary, the Kardashians, etc.), the course will cover several topics including the black is beautiful movement, pageants, interracial dating, colorism, plastic surgery, and debates over cultural appropriation.

Candidates must be available to teach M/W 11:30-1:00. The class will be capped at 16 students.

Required Qualifications*

Degree requirement:  Terminal degree or PhD in American Studies, African American Studies, Women’s Studies, or other related discipline, is required.  Candidates should also provide evidence of specialized training/experience specific to the course content.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Job openings are posted for a minimum of ten calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

Decision Making Process

The position and appointment are subject to final approval by the department.

Selection Process

Applicants will be selected based upon demonstrated subject matter expertise, successful performance in the classroom, and the needs of the department.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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