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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

Students who apply to this posting will be considered for one of two 35% GSI positions in ASIANLAN 201: Second-Year Chinese I.

ASIANLAN 201

To take this course, students should have command of the language material in the first-year textbook Integrated Chinese (Level One). The goals of ASIANLAN 201 are to help students

  1. improve their listening and speaking proficiency;
  2. achieve a solid reading level with the roughly 500 new vocabulary entries introduced over the ten lessons; and
  3. learn to express themselves clearly in writing on a variety of covered topics using learned grammar patterns and vocabulary.

These goals are approached through grammar lectures, in-class drills and listening/speaking activities, oral presentations, and regular quizzes/tests, collectively covering all four proficiency areas (listening, speaking, reading, writing). An underlying theme of the course is that, insofar as language is a systematic reflection of culture, understanding the link between language and culture can make the language easier—and more fascinating—to learn. The text for the course is Integrated Chinese (Level Two)— Textbook and Workbook.

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

Responsibilities*

Students who apply to this posting will be considered for at least one 35% GSI position in ASIANLAN 201: Second-Year Chinese I.

ASIANLAN 201

Lead up to three hours of recitation sections a week; grade homework, quizzes, and tests; attend lecture twice each week; create and implement teaching plans made in consultation with the lead instructor of the course; attend regular Chinese Language Program meetings; hold at least two office hours a 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. High level of proficiency in Chinese language.  A serious career interest in teaching language.

Desired Qualifications*

Undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies, Chinese language, Education, or Linguistics. Native or near-native competence in both Chinese and English. Previous experience in language instruction. Students who have taken ASIANLAN 445: Chinese Pedagogy are preferred.

Contact Information

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

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Director of the Chinese Language Program and the primary instructor of ASIANLAN 201. The Director will make hiring recommendations to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

Selection 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.

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.


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