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How to Apply

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
    • Applicants should indicate which dialects of Arabic they speak (Levantine or Egyptian) in the “Language Background” portion of the online application.
  • 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

Students who apply for this position will be considered for two (2) 50% GSI Assistant positions in ARABIC 101: Elementary Arabic I. More information on the 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.

Responsibilities*

GSI assistants in the Arabic Language Program support lecturers in recitation sections that meet three times per week. A 50% GSI assistant will be assigned to two recitation sections. 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. GSIs will regularly attend coordination meetings with other members of the teaching team.

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.

Required Qualifications*

Native or advanced proficiency in Arabic. Interest in language teaching and pedagogy.

Desired Qualifications*

LSA student enrolled in a graduate program. 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 Middle East Studies.

Contact Information

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

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Arabic Language Program Director 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 Director who 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.


Standard Practice Guide 601.38, Required Disclosure of Felony Charges and/or Felony Convictions applies to all Graduate Student Assistants (GSAs). SPG 601.38 may be accessed online at spg.umich.edu/policy/601.38 , and its relation to your employment can be found in MOU 10 of your employment contract.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.