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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:  https://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/1126 .  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(s) of Arabic you speak in the “Language Background” portion of the online application. In addition, 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 nes-gradservices@umich.edu.

Course Description

Multiple positions exist in the Arabic Language Program for Fall 2018. Students who apply to this posting will be considered for one of the following positions: one (1) 50% GSI lead position in ARABIC 101: Elementary Arabic I; one (1) 50% GSI assistant position in ARABIC 101: Elementary Arabic I; one (1) 30% GSI assistant position in ARABIC 101: Elementary Arabic I; or one (1) 50% GSI assistant position in ARABIC 201: Intermediate Arabic II. More information on these 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 II  

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 assistants in the Arabic Language Program support faculty 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. Arabic GSIs will regularly attend coordination meetings with other members of the teaching team.

A lead GSI in the Arabic Language Program is in charge of the instruction of one recitation section that meets three times per week. Additional responsibilities include creating lesson plans in consultation with the Arabic Language Coordinator, weekly class preparation, proctoring exams, keeping accurate grading and attendance records, and holding a minimum of two (2) office hours per week in the South Thayer Building. Arabic 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.

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 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.