Graduate Student Instructor,College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Michigan, United States
06 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Part Time

How to Apply

Graduate Student Instructor positions are only open to current or matriculating University of Michigan graduate students. Complete the application process on and then go to the following link to fill out an application: . A complete application includes this online form (which asks for basic academic and professional information on the applicant, a resume, and an unofficial copy of the applicant’s transcript).

Questions may be directed to Rosalee Washington at

Course Description

Students who apply to this posting will be considered for up to two 60% GSI position in MIDEAST 315: Introduction to Arab Culture. International students on an F-1 or J-1 visa are not eligible to apply 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 two discussion sections that meet twice weekly; attend lecture; create and implement lesson plans in consultation with the lead instructor; hold a minimum of two office hours weekly in the South Thayer Building; 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 2019 term. WRITING 993 is a 1-credit course through the Sweet land Center for Writing.  More information can be found on the LSA Course Guide.  

Required Qualifications*

Previous coursework in Arabic studies or Middle East/Near Eastern studies. Strong writing skills, including knowledge of English grammar and mechanics.

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.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Contact Information

Contact Rosalee Washington ( with any questions related to your application.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of MIDEAST 315. The instructor will make a hiring recommendation to the Chair of the Department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of MIDEAST 315. The instructor will make a hiring recommendation to the Chair of the Department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

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 his or her preferred assignment, he or she 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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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