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How to Apply

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) positions are only open to matriculated University of Michigan graduate students. Complete the application process on careers.umich.edu and then go to the following link to fill out an application: lsa-gsi.applicantsta...x/apply/a2xewskhk0jb . A complete application includes this online form (which asks for basic academic and professional information on the applicant, a resume, and an unofficial copy of the applicant’s most recent transcript). Applicants should indicate which dialects of Arabic they speak (Levantine or Egyptian) in the “Language Background” portion of the online application. In addition, each applicant must also name one recommender who will be asked by the department to submit a short evaluation. Please confirm with your recommender ahead of time that s/he is willing to speak to your skills and work ethic prior to listing him/her on the application.

Questions may be directed to Kathryn Beeman at nes-gradservices@umich.edu.

Course Description

There are three available positions: one 50% GSI lead position in ARABIC 101, one 50% GSI assistant position in ARABIC 101, and one 50% GSI assistant position in ARABIC 201.  More information on the courses can be found on the LSA Course Guide (lsa.umich.edu/cg).

ARABIC 101: Elementary Arabic I

ARABIC 101 is the first of a two semester sequence in elementary level Arabic. Students will learn the sounds and letters of Arabic and learn to understand, speak, read, and write Arabic at the Novice High to Intermediate Low level in addition to gaining an understanding of cultural aspects of language use.

ARABIC 201: Intermediate Arabic I

ARABIC 201 is the first of a two semester sequence of intermediate level Arabic. Students will learn to understand, speak, read and write Arabic at the Intermediate Mid to Intermediate High level in addition to gaining an understanding of cultural aspects of language use.

Responsibilities*

GSI leads in the Arabic Language Program are responsible for teaching one recitation section that meets three times per week. Key responsibilities also include preparing teaching materials, implementing lesson plans in consultation with the Arabic Program Supervisor, grading assignments, administering exams and oral interviews, and keeping accurate grading and attendance records.  The GSI will regularly attend coordination meetings with other members of the teaching team and hold up to two office hours a week in the South Thayer Building.

GSI assistants in the Arabic Language Program assist in up to two recitation sections that meet three times per week. Key responsibilities include helping with class preparation, attending sections, proctoring exams, and grading. GSIs will regularly attend coordination meetings with other members of the teaching team and hold tutoring hours in the South Thayer Building.

Required Qualifications*

Native or advanced proficiency in Arabic. Interest in language teaching and pedagogy.

Desired Qualifications*

Undergraduate degree in Arabic Studies, Arabic Language, Near Eastern Studies, Linguistics, or Education. Enrollment in a graduate program focused on Arabic/Arabic studies. Previous experience in higher education instruction.

Contact Information

Contact Kathryn Beeman (nes-gradservices@umich.edu) with any questions related to your application.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Arabic Language Program Supervisor 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 Arabic Language Program Supervisor who will make a hiring recommendation to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

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 hr.umich.edu/oie/contact.html and for the University Ombuds at www.umich.edu/~ombuds/.

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.