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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 careers.umich.edu and then go to the following link to fill out an application:  https://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/1125 . 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. 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 alc-gradservices@umich.edu.

Course Description

Students who apply to this posting will be considered for one 50% GSI position in ASIANLAN 125: First-Year Japanese I. More information on this course can be found on the LSA Course Guide (lsa.umich.edu/cg).

ASIANLAN 125: First-Year Japanese I

This course is the first half of the first-year Japanese course, and is designed for students with little or no understanding of Japanese. The course focuses on the developing students’ proficiency in all four language skills (speaking, listening, writing, and reading) while simultaneously familiarizing them with aspects of both traditional and modern Japanese culture that are necessary to build language competency.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

Understand and appropriately use the most basic grammar patterns and vocabulary terms (e.g. noun sentence structure, verb conjugation, adjective conjugation, location words, etc.).

Understand and participate in basic conversations (e.g. self-introductions, shopping, making invitations, describing locations of items, talking about one’s favorite trips, etc.).

Read and write the Japanese hiragana and katakana characters, and produce approximately 60 kanji in context.

Speak at a novice-mid, or higher, level of proficiency as defined by the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview.

Responsibilities*

The GSI will be required to lead up to five (5) hours of recitation a week; recitations will meet on a Monday/Wednesday/Friday pattern. Japanese 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 one office hours in the South Thayer Building, and assist in the grading of midterm and final exams.

Required Qualifications*

Advanced proficiency (Advanced-high or above based on ACTFL standard) in Japanese.

A serious career interest in language teaching.

Desired Qualifications*

Undergraduate degree in Japanese Language, Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Asian Studies, or Education. Native or near-native competency in both Japanese and English. Previous experience in language instruction; previous experience in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures is desired. Holding JLPT N1 or N2 or equivalent proficiency of reading and writing is desirable. Students who have taken ASIANLAN 450: Japanese Pedagogy are preferred.

Contact Information

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

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Director of the Japanese Language Program, who will consult with the primary instructors of ASIANLAN 125. 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 Japanese Language Program, who will consult with the primary instructors of ASIANLAN 125. 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.

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.