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In addition to applying via the University of Michigan Careers website, applicants are required to fill out the departmental application: https:// 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

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Course Description

Students who apply to this posting will be considered for up to three (3) 60% and one (1) 30% GSI position in MIDEAST 315: Introduction to Arab Culture. Please that international students on an F-1 or J-1 visa are not eligible for 60% GSI positions since this appointment will exceed the 20 hours per week maximum allowed for on-campus employment.  More information about the course can be found on the LSA Course Guide (

MIDEAST 315: Introduction to Arab Culture

This course offers a survey of cultural patterns and cultural expressions in the Arab world with selections variably foregrounding the historical, linguistic, literary, social, religious, culinary, musical, and artistic aspects. These are drawn from points along the spectrum from the earliest periods of pre-Islamic Arabia to the Arab Spring of 2011 and the present with some emphasis on the modern/contemporary period.

From traditional poetry, such as the call to prayer and Qur’an recitation, The Thousand and One Nights, family and gender patterns, Egyptian diva Umm Kulthum, Arab cuisine, Moroccan and Palestinian hip-hop artists, arts of the recent Arab uprisings, to the role of al-Jazeera and Ramadan prime-time satellite television series all creating new forms of transnational “Arabism,” students will examine which features are culturally shared and bind together inhabitants of the Arab world. Many are distinctive to a very specific time, regional location, and set of circumstances. The exploration of cultural patterns and forms of expression will show them to be multi-layered and evolving over time, rather than fixed or essentialized.



Lead one or two discussion sections that meet twice weekly; attend lecture; create and implement lesson plans in consultation with the lead instructor; hold two virtual office hours weekly; assess students' writing and coach them towards improvement; keep accurate grading records; meet regularly with the lead instructor and other GSIs assigned to the course. 

NOTE: MIDEAST 315 fulfills the LSA Upper-Level Writing Requirement and necessitates the advising and assessing of students on their writing. GSIs who have not previously taken WRITING 993 will be required to enroll in it during the Winter 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.  

Students who have not previously been a GSI for the College of LSA will be required to attend the online CRLT GSI Teaching Orientation as an online program.

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*

Previous coursework in Arabic studies or Middle East/Near Eastern studies. 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 Arabic Studies, Middle East/Near Eastern Studies, Education, History, or a related discipline relevant to the course content/subject matter. Enrollment in a graduate program focused on Middle East studies or Arabic studies. Previous experience in higher education instruction, especially in regard to student writing.

Contact Information

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Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of MIDEAST 315. The instructor will make a hiring recommendation to the department and a department administrator will then authorize the appointment paperwork.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of MIDEAST 315. The instructor will make a hiring recommendation to the department and a department administrator will then authorize the appointment paperwork.

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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U-M EEO/AA Statement

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