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How to Apply

In addition to applying via the University of Michigan Careers website, applicants are required to fill out the departmental application: webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/1416. 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

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.

Course Description

Students who apply for this position will be considered for one 60% GSI position. More information on ASIAN 258 can be found on the LSA Course Guide (lsa.umich.edu/cg).

ASIAN 258: Food and Drink of Asia

This class examines the past and present of Asian food and drink. It begins with an examination of the foods and drinks that have united various peoples within Asia, including tea, pancakes, flatbreads, dumplings, soy products, cheese, and noodles. It then moves to foods and drinks that have historically divided peoples along ethnic, class, and religious lines: dog meat, pork, beef, and MSG. The final part of the class investigates foods that define people as members of national or ethnic groups: dim sum, curry, sushi, pad Thai, and spring rolls.

Course Requirements:

Class assignments will require students to answer iClicker questions in lecture (20%), participate in discussion sections (10%), solve various food history puzzles for homework (25%), keep a running food blog through the term (25%), and execute a final creative project (20%). In addition, students will be asked to dirty their hands with various food-making experiments in section.

Responsibilities*

Lead two weekly discussion sections; grade homework, quizzes, and projects; attend lecture twice a week; implement teaching plans in consultation with the primary instructor of the course; attend meetings with the primary instructor; hold at least two office hours each week.

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).

Required Qualifications*

Previous coursework in Asian studies. Students whose undergraduate degree is from an institution where the language of instruction is not English must preferably have already taken or be currently enrolled in the English Language Institute’s ELI 994 and have received a 4 or better on the Oral English Test.

Desired Qualifications*

Undergraduate degree in Asian Studies, Anthropology, History, Sociology, or a discipline complementary to the course content.  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

Questions may be directed to alc-gradservices@umich.edu.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of ASIAN 258. The primary 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 ASIAN 258. The primary instructor will make a hiring recommendation to the department and a department administrator will then authorize the appointment paperwork.

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.