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Graduate Student Assistant

Bucky Badger
On Campus
Job #: 48448
Employer: International Division On Busline?: Yes
Pay: $15.00-$20.00/hr Posted: 08/18/2017
Category:  Office Deadline: 08/28/2017
# of Positions: 1

Contact Information

Name: Kristine Schutte
Email Address:
Address: 500 Lincoln Drive Bascom Hall Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Primary Phone: 608-262-5804



Job Title:                                   Graduate Student Assistant

Employer:                                  Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI) & the Institute for Regional and                               Regional and International Studies (IRIS)

Unit:                                         International Division  
Unit Location:                            301 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Hourly Wage:                            $15-20/hour

Hours:                                       Up to 20 hours per week (office open from 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, Monday-Friday)

Employment Dates:                    September 2017 – June 2018

The Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI) of the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at UW-Madison is seeking a part-time graduate student assistant with interest in Asian languages to help create an inventory of American and global institutions offering instruction in Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) of Asia, and a website to share this database of information. Academic interest in South Asian or Southeast Asian languages is preferred, but not required.

The Graduate Student Assistant will work closely with the Director of the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes to search existing databases and contact institutions for information on courses they offer in Asian less commonly taught languages.  The information from this inventory of courses will then be assembled in a database and the assistant will work with the WISLI Director to create a website to host this information.  This project is an initiative of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.  The project will be debuted at the Association for Asian Studies conference in March 2018.  The Wisconsin Summer Language Institutes (WISLI) offers summer intensive and immersion instruction in approximately 30 languages to over 200 learners annually through its four institutes: APTLII (Arabic, Persian and Turkish Language Immersion Institute), CESSI (Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute), SASLI (South Asia Summer Language Institute) and SEASSI (Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute.  WISLI is part of the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), a National Resource Center for International Studies funded by the U.S. Department of Education.      

Responsibilities include:

  1. Create an inventory of Asian LCTLs taught in the United States and globally
  2. Organize course information in a database
  3. Create a website to share the database and information on the grant project
  4. Work on database and website revisions based on feedback
  5. Weekly check-in meetings with the WISLI Director
  6. Other project related tasks as assigned.

The successful candidate will:

  1. Demonstrate enthusiasm for language learning and less commonly taught languages. Experience with Asian languages is preferred, but not required.
  2. Experience with database creation using software such as Excel, or a willingness to learn Excel. 
  3. Experience with website development using WordPress, or a willingness to learn WordPress. 
  4. Be detail-oriented and demonstrate excellent organizational skills.
  5. Be able to work independently and also with supervisor.   
  6. Have excellent time management skills and be able to adhere to deadlines.     

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, one letter of recommendation, and a list of three references.  Please send complete application materials to: with the subject line:  WISLI Graduate Student Assistant Application.

Applications are due by August 28, 2017

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity employer

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