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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/1299. 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

Course Description

Applicants to this posting will be considered for up to two 35% GSI positions in ASIAN 260.

ASIAN 260: Introduction to Chinese Civilization 

This course provides an introduction to Chinese history from ancient times to the present, with a focus on issues of race and ethnicity.

Over the course of the semester, we will investigate three problems: (1) China is often seen as a racially, ethnically, and culturally homogenous society, but is this historically accurate? How might considering its heterogeneity help us better understand concepts like “China” and (Han) Chinese, and how these have changed over time? (2) To what extent was the course of Chinese history driven by contact with ethnic, religious, and cultural others, and how did people understand themselves in relation to others? (3) To what extent was the creation of modern China a product of racial and ethnic strife?

We will draw on case studies from all of China’s major dynasties to engage in critical analysis of the concepts of race and ethnicity, exploring how they are useful as categories of analysis for the study of Chinese history, and where they fall short. By the end of the class, we will have developed a vocabulary and conceptual tools to bring historical examples to bear on contemporary conversations around these issues in China and in the US. This course fulfills the Race & Ethnicity requirement of LSA.

Course Requirements:

  • Discussion Section 10%
  • Primary Source Analysis Essays (2) 10%
  • iClicker Participation and Lecture Questions 10%
  • Quizzes (weekly) 10%
  • Exam I 20%
  • Exam II 20%
  • Digital Story Project 20%

ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ON THE LSA COURSE GUIDE (lsa.umich.edu/cg).

Responsibilities*

Applicants to this posting will be considered for one 50% and up to two 35% GSI positions in ASIAN 260.

Key Responsibilities: lead two or three discussion sections weekly (max 18 students per section), create and implement lesson plans in consultation with the lead instructor, hold a minimum of two (2) office hours weekly in the South Thayer Building, grade assignments, proctor exams, and meet regularly with the lead instructor.

Please consult the LSA Course Guide or email the instructor directly for the most up-to-date information about the planned format of the lecture portion of this course. It is assumed that all discussion sections will be available to students in a remote format (this may be synchronous or asynchronous, to be determined in consultation with the lead faculty for the course and in response to student needs). After hiring, GSIs will be asked if they want to offer an in-person component of some or all discussion sections, but this is not expected or required.

Required Qualifications*

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.

Previous coursework in Chinese studies. An interest in questions of race and ethnicity. 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). 

Desired Qualifications*

Undergraduate degree in Asian Studies or History.  LSA student enrolled in a graduate program. Enrollment in a graduate program focused on Asian studies.

Contact Information

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

Decision Making Process

Graduate Student Instructor positions are only open to current or matriculating University of Michigan graduate students.Questions may be directed to alc-gradservices@umich.edu.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of ASIAN 260. The instructor will make a hiring recommendation. 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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