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Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) positions are only open to matriculated University of Michigan graduate students. Complete the application process on and then go to the following link to fill out an application:  lsa-gsi.applicantsta...x/apply/a2xewsk08y14 . 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. Each applicant must also name one recommender who will be asked by the department to submit an 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

Course Description

ASIAN 389: Asian Business Culture

This course examines the historical and cultural contexts of business in Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, and Thailand). Some questions that we tackle in this class: What historical circumstances are responsible for shaping business culture in Asia? Is there such a thing as an Asian business model? Is there a Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Korean, or Thai model? What aspects of Asian culture promote or hinder a successful business environment and how does it differ? Are these cultural factors actually different from those found throughout the “West”? To what extent should the success of Asian business be understood in political rather than cultural terms?

Course Requirements:

(1)Daily iClicker quizzes (20%) (2)Weekly response papers (20%) (3)Section participation (10%) (4)Three short papers, 3-5 pps (50%)

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates in the following Schools/Colleges: LSA (Political Science, International Studies, Asian Studies, Economics, Sociology, Communication Studies, Organizational Studies, History), Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

More information on this course can be found on the LSA Course Guide (


Applicants to this posting will be considered for one 35% GSI position.

Key Responsibilities: Lead two weekly discussion sections; grade homework, papers, and tests; attend lecture twice a week; create and implement teaching plans in consultation with the lead instructor; keep accurate grade and attendance records; attend regular meetings with the instructor; hold a minimum of two office hours per week in the South Thayer Building.

Required Qualifications*

Previous coursework in Asian studies. Students whose undergraduate degree is from an institution where the language of instruction is not English must have already taken or currently be enrolled in the English Language Institute’s ELI 994. The student must have a passing score of 4 on the Oral English Test (OET). 

Desired Qualifications*

Undergraduate degree in Asian Studies, Business, Economics, or International Studies.  Enrollment in a graduate program focused on Asian studies, business, or a related discipline to the content of the course.  Previous experience in higher education instruction, preferably within the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures or a related discipline.

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.

Contact Information

Contact Kathryn Beeman ( with any questions related to your application.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of ASIAN 389. The instructor 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 primary instructor of ASIAN 389. The instructor 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.

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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.