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How to Apply

Graduate Student Instructor positions are only open to current or matriculating University of Michigan graduate students. A complete application includes applying through careers.umich.edu and then going to the following link to fill out an application: webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/1096 .  The department application asks for basic academic and professional information on the applicant, a resume, and an unofficial copy of the applicant’s transcript. You should indicate which dialect of Arabic you speak in the “Language Background” portion of the online application. In addition, each applicant must also name one recommender who may 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 nes-gradservices@umich.edu.

Course Description

Students who apply to this posting will be considered for one (1) 50% GSI assistant position in ARABIC 102: Elementary Arabic II or one (1) 30% GSI assistant position in ARABIC 202: Intermediate Arabic II. More information on these courses can be found on the LSA Course Guide (lsa.umich.edu/cg).

ARABIC 102: Elementary Arabic II

ARABIC 102 is the second of a two term sequence in elementary level Arabic. Students will learn to understand, speak, read and write Arabic at the Intermediate Low to Intermediate Mid-level in addition to gaining an understanding of cultural aspects of language use.

ARABIC 202: Intermediate Arabic II

ARABIC 202 is the second of a two semester sequence of Intermediate level Arabic. Students will learn to understand, speak, read and write Arabic at the Intermediate High to Advanced Low level in addition to gaining an understanding of cultural aspects of language use.

Responsibilities*

GSI assistants in the Arabic Language Program support lecturers in recitation sections that meet three times per week. The 50% GSI will assist in two recitation sections, while the 30% GSI will assist in one recitation section. Key responsibilities include assisting with course preparation, attending sections and helping with in-class exercises, proctoring exams, grading, and holding ad hoc tutoring hours in the South Thayer Building. GSIs will regularly attend coordination meetings with other members of the teaching team.

Required Qualifications*

Advanced proficiency in Arabic. Interest in language teaching and pedagogy.

Desired Qualifications*

Native or near-native proficiency in Arabic; advanced proficiency in English. Undergraduate degree in Arabic Studies, Arabic Language, Middle Eastern/Near Eastern Studies, Linguistics, or Education. Enrollment in a graduate program focused on Arabic/Arabic studies. Previous experience in higher education instruction, preferably within the Department of Near Eastern Studies.

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

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Arabic Language Program Coordinator 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 Coordinator 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.