GSI - Arabic Language (Winter 2024)

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The Department of Middel East Studies seeks Graduate Student Instructors (GSI) for the Winter 2024 semester. These positions may range from .30 to .50 appointments (with the majority being .50 appointments), and as posted, are 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.

Applicants must complete the following steps to be considered:

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached and uploaded as the first page of your CV/resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position(s) [Courses interested in] and outline skills and experiences that directly relate to this position.

If you have held a GSI position at U-M please attached the summary sheets of the E&E evaluations for all courses previously taught. This information should be uploaded to a single document combined with your cover letter and resume/CV. If you have trouble including evaluations, you may email the evaluations only to our Student Services Team at mes-gradservices@umich.edu 

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

Applicants must also complete our External GSI form: https://forms.gle/9FRttM7VqZSwRjV49

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

Course Description

Graduate Student Instructor, Middle East Studies, Winter 2024

 

The Department of Middle East Studies is currently accepting applications for Winter 2024 semester GSI available positions:

Up to five available 50% GSI positions in either Arabic 102: Elementary Arabic II or Arabic 202: Intermediate Arabic II.

Course descriptions and additional course information for each course can be found on the LSA Course Guide: www.lsa.umich.edu/cg


 

ARABIC 102: Elementary Arabic II

ARABIC 102 is the second of a two-term sequence of courses in elementary level Arabic. Students will learn to use Arabic in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication using speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. Students will also gain an understanding of cultural aspects of Arabic language use. The target proficiency goal of the class is Arabic Intermediate Low on the ACTFL proficiency scale. An integrated approach will be used in the classroom drawing on Modern Standard Arabic and an Arabic dialect (Egyptian or Levantine).
 

ARABIC 202: Intermediate Arabic II

ARABIC 202 is the second of a two-semester sequence of courses in Intermediate level Arabic. Students will learn to use Arabic in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication using speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. Students will also gain an understanding of cultural aspects of Arabic language use. An integrated approach will be used in the classroom drawing on Modern Standard Arabic and Levantine Arabic dialect. The target proficiency goal of the class is Arabic at Intermediate Mid to Intermediate High on the ACTFL proficiency scale.


 

ARABIC 202: Intermediate Arabic II

ARABIC 202 is the second of a two-semester sequence of courses in Intermediate level Arabic. Students will learn to use Arabic in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication using speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. Students will also gain an understanding of cultural aspects of Arabic language use. An integrated approach will be used in the classroom drawing on Modern Standard Arabic and Levantine Arabic dialect. The target proficiency goal of the class is Arabic at Intermediate Mid to Intermediate High on the ACTFL proficiency scale.

Responsibilities*

GSI assistants in the Arabic Language Program support lecturers in recitation sections that meet three times per week. A 50% assistant will be assigned to three recitation sections. Key responsibilities include assisting with course preparation, attending sections and helping with in-class exercises, proctoring quizzes and exams, grading, and holding Arabic conversation sessions. GSIs will regularly attend coordination meetings with other members of the teaching team.

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.

Students who have not previously been a GSI for the Department of Middle East Studies will also be required to attend an orientation.

GSIs are expected to be on campus and available to work no later than Wednesday, January 10, 2024, the first day of classes.

Desired Qualifications*

Native or near-native proficiency in Arabic; advanced proficiency in English. Undergraduate degree in Arabic Studies, Arabic Language, Middle Eastern/Near Eastern Studies, Linguistics, or Education. Enrollment in a graduate program focused on Arabic/Arabic studies. Previous experience in higher education instruction, preferably within the Department of Middle East Studies.

LSA Student enrolled in graduate program.

Contact Information

Contact Student Services Team at mes-gradservices@umich.edu with any questions related to your application.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Arabic Language Program Director who will make a hiring recommendation to the department. The Director will make hiring recommendations to the department and a department administrator will then authorize the appointment paperwork.

Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions.  

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Arabic Language Program Director who will make a hiring recommendation to the department. The Director will make hiring recommendations to the department and a department administrator will then authorize the appointment paperwork.

Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions.  

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.


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 https://spg.umich.edu/policy/601.38 , and its relation to your employment can be found in MOU 10 of your employment contract.

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