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In additional to applying via the University of Michigan Careers website, applicants are required to fill out the departmental application: https://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/1300. In order to be considered for this position, both applications must be completed by the deadline. The departmental application includes:

  • Basic academic and professional information
  • A resume/CV
  • An unofficial transcript

Graduate Student Instructor positions are only open to current or matriculating University of Michigan graduate students.

Questions may be directed to mes-gradservices@umich.edu.

Course Description

MIDEAST 207: The Land of Israel/Palestine through the Ages

A survey course on the region of the Middle East known as Israel by some and Palestine by others. It outlines the historical events that occurred in that territory from the earliest days of the past to the present, analyzes the various factors (political, economic, cultural, and religious) that shaped its development, and introduces empires and nations that ruled the land as well as the people who inhabited its cities and villages. The course will pay careful attention to matters related to issues of Race and Ethnicity; the volatile story of this land will here serve as a laboratory for examining the interrelation between race, ethnicity, and religion across three millennia.

Responsibilities*

*Please note that the lecture for this course will be online and synchronous and the discussion sections will be synchronous*

Students who apply to this posting will be considered for one 35% GSI position in MIDEAST 207: The Land of Israel/Palestine through the Ages.

Attend lecture, lead three discussion sections a week, grade homework, quizzes and tests, create and implement teaching plans in consultation with the lead instructor of the course,  occasionally perform tutoring upon request, attend meetings with the lead instructor, and hold at least two office hours each week in the South Thayer Building.

Required Qualifications*

Previous coursework in Middle Eastern studies, Judaic studies, and/or political science focused on the Middle East. Students whose undergraduate degree is from an institution where the language of instruction is not English must have already taken or be currently enrolled in the English Language Institute’s ELI 994. The student must have a passing score of 4 on the Oral English Test (OET). 

Students who have not previously been a GSI for the College of LSA will be required to complete the online CRLT GSI Teaching Orientation on due August 26 and the department’s New GSI Orientation on August 27.

Desired Qualifications*

LSA student enrolled in a graduate program. Undergraduate degree in Near Eastern Studies, Political Science, Judaic Studies, or Education.  Enrollment in a graduate program focused on Near Eastern studies or a discipline found within the topics of the course.  Previous experience in higher education instruction, preferably within the Department of Near Eastern Studies or a related discipline.

Contact Information

Contact mes-gradservices@umich.edu with any questions related to your application.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of MIDEAST 207. The instructor 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 primary instructor of MIDEAST 207. The instructor will make a hiring recommendation to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

GEO Contract Information

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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 their preferred assignment, they 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.


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