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Graduate Student Instructor positions are only open to current or matriculating University of Michigan graduate students. Complete the application process on and then go to the following link to fill out an application: . 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 transcript). Each applicant must also name one recommender who will be asked 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

Course Description

Students who apply to this posting will be considered for one of three available 35% GSI positions; there are two (2) positions available in ASIANLAN 102 and one (1) position available in ASIANLAN 202. More information on the courses can be found on the LSA Course Guide (

ASIANLAN 102: First-Year Chinese II

ASIANLAN 102 follows ASIANLAN 101. This course emphasizes the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. About 320 characters are introduced.  It is our goal that at the end of the term students should be able to carry on simple conversations with each other on everyday topics.

Course requirements: attendance, vocab quizzes, homework, chapter tests, final exam, oral presentations, class participation.

ASIANLAN 202: Second-Year Chinese II

This course continues ASIANLAN 201, and is conducted primarily in Chinese. It develops students' aural-oral proficiency and elevates their reading and writing ability. Lectures on grammar, classroom exercises/discussion, oral presentations, and regular quizzes/tests cover all four areas of proficiency (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

By the completing of ASIANLAN 202, students should be able to read and write approximately 600 new characters, they can use the language to speculate at length about some abstract topics such as how changes in history or the course of human events would have affected his or her life or civilization. Students can better integrate appropriate cultural and historical references in his or her speech.

Course Requirements: attendance, vocabulary quizzes, homework, chapter tests, final exam, oral presentation, class participation.


Each GSI will be required to lead up to three (3) hours of recitation a week; recitations will meet on a Monday/Wednesday/Friday pattern. Chinese language GSIs will be expected to observe lecture twice per week (Tuesday/Thursday), implement teaching plans made in consultation with the primary instructor of the course, grade assignments in a timely manner, proctor exams and quizzes, attend a weekly meeting with a supervising faculty member, hold at least two office hours in the South Thayer Building, and assist in the grading of final exams.

Required Qualifications*

Advanced proficiency in Chinese (Mandarin). Serious career interest in language teaching.

Desired Qualifications*

Undergraduate degree in Chinese Language, Linguistics, Asian/Chinese Studies, or Education. Native or near-native competency in both Chinese and English. Previous experience in language instruction; previous experience in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures is desired. Students who have taken ASIANLAN 445: Chinese Pedagogy are preferred.

Contact Information

Contact Kathryn Beeman ( 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 Director of the Chinese Language Program, who will consult with the primary instructors of ASIANLAN 102 and 202. The Director will make a hiring recommendation to the Department Chair. The Department Chair will review the recommendations and authorize all offer letters.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Director of the Chinese Language Program, who will consult with the primary instructors of ASIANLAN 102 and 202. The Director will make a hiring recommendation to the Department Chair. The Department Chair will review the recommendations and authorize all offer letters.

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.