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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:  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). Providing a name for a reference/recommendation letter is optional.

Questions may be directed to Rosalee Washington at

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.

Course Description

Students who apply for this position will be considered for one (1) 50% GSI position in ASIANLAN 271: Second-Year Urdu I.

The Second year is the intermediate level Urdu course. The aim of this continuing proficiency-based course is to refine and expand previously acquired language skills in culturally authentic contexts. The classes focus on expanding vocabulary, and mastering more complex and culturally appropriate grammatical structures with a view to enable the students to: participate in extended conversations about their family, daily life, surroundings, shopping with different vendors, health and diet, travel, food, past experiences, future plans, and occupations; talk about their own and other’s interest, seek and give advice, and express emotions in a culturally appropriate manner; describe job, house and school in some detail. Standard text materials, BBC Urdu news articles, audio-visual clips from Hindi films and popular TV programs, and graded conversations prepared by the instructor are used with equal emphasis on spoken and written Urdu. Training in spoken Urdu emphasizes speaking and listening at normal speed with near-native pronunciation and intonation.


Lead one daily recitation class, make theme-based materials with activities and vocabulary lists, and grade three home assignments per week, a weekly quiz, midterm and final exams. Attend South Asian Language Program faculty meetings and weekly meetings with the South Asian Language Program Director.  Implement teaching plans made in collaboration with the South Asian Language Program Director. Hold weekly office hours in the South Thayer Building. Assist in proctoring the midterm and final exam for ASIANLAN 271.

Required Qualifications*

High level of proficiency in Urdu language. Serious career interest in language teaching.

Desired Qualifications*

Undergraduate degree in Linguistics, Education, or South Asian Studies. Native or near-native competence in both Urdu and English. Previous experience in language instruction.

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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Contact Information

Questions may be directed to Rosalee Washington at

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the South Asian Language Program Director who will make a hiring recommendation to the department. The department may request an interview. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.  

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the South Asian Language Program Supervisor who will make a hiring recommendation to the department. The department may request an interview. 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 and for the University Ombuds at

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.