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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/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 one 35% GSI position in.

ASIAN 311: The Image of the Samurai

The samurai has gone global. Once a soldier and vassal, "samurai" can now mean anything from oriental predator to ghetto avenger. How did this happen? What is the history of the image of the samurai? This course starts in twelfth-century Japan and ends in the global present. Tracing how the image of the samurai developed over time, the course looks at warrior tales, illustrated scrolls, Noh plays and other drama, fiction, and film. We will balance the reality of samurai lives—as soldiers, bureaucrats, paupers—with what samurai meant culturally, politically, and philosophically. Along the way we will examine how Europeans and Americans saw the samurai, how people in Japan reacted, and how "samurai" finally became a transnational signifier.

Course Requirements:

  • Attendance and participation in lecture and discussion section
  • Reading responses
  • Paper
  • Midterm
  • Final exam

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

Responsibilities*

Students who apply to this posting will be considered for one 35% GSI position.

Key Responsibilities: to lead two weekly discussion sections; attend all lectures; grade students’ weekly short writing assignments and examinations; create and implement teaching plans in consultation with the lead instructor weekly; hold two office hours each week in the South Thayer Building.

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 Asian Studies and/or familiarity with Asian religions. 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. LSA student enrolled in a graduate program .Enrollment in a graduate program focused on Asian studies.  Previous experience in higher education instruction, preferably within the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures or a related discipline.

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 311. The instructor will make a hiring recommendation. 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, genetic information, marital status, familial status, parental status or pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression (whether actual or perceived), 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, medical conditions including those related to pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, arrest record, 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.


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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.