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In additional to applying via the University of Michigan Careers website, applicants are required to fill out the departmental application: 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 25% GSI grader position in ASIAN 371: Natural Disasters in East Asia. More information on this course can be found on the LSA Course Guide (

ASIAN 371: Natural Disasters in East Asia

In recent years, the world has come to witness what appears to be an unprecedented level of destruction caused by a series of devastating natural disasters that have leveled entire cities, taken the lives of hundreds of thousand of people, and displaced even more. Stoking the popular imagination with dramatic images, the global media has come to depict hurricane Katrina, the 2004 Indian ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and most recently the tsunami that hit northeastern Japan as the work of an unpredictable, uncontrollable, and essentially chaotic force.

Although true in some respects, this way of understanding earthquakes, tsunamis, and other events tends to obscure the social, political, and historical side of these so-called “natural” disasters. When, in fact, did we begin to regard these events as the work of “nature” as opposed to, say, God or some other supernatural agency? On what basis do we classify a certain event as a “natural” disaster? Can we ignore the influence of class, ethnicity, education, and power on the making and outcome of these disasters? This course will bring these and other questions to bear on the historical and comparative study of natural disasters in East Asia and elsewhere.


Grade assignments in a timely manner and keep accurate records; attend regular meetings with the lead instructor of the course; prepare and lead one online writing workshop for students, hold at least one scheduled office hour a week; mentor students in the area of academic writing; assist in final grading and assessment at the end of the term.

NOTE: ASIAN 371 fulfills the LSA Upper-Level Writing Requirement and necessitates the advising and assessing of students on their writing. A GSI who has not previously taken WRITING 993 will be required to enroll in it during the Fall 2020 term. WRITING 993 is a 1-credit course through the Sweetland Center for Writing.  More information can be found on the LSA Course Guide ( 

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 society or culture. Strong writing skills, including knowledge of English grammar and mechanics.  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 a discipline complimentary to the course content. LSA student enrolled in a graduate program. Previous experience in higher education instruction, especially in regard to student writing.

Contact Information

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Decision Making Process

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

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of ASIAN 371. 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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