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Prospective GSIs are encouraged to attend a GSI forum that is held each term as the first step in the process. This mechanism will ensure that SEAS students are familiar with the application and selection processes and expectations. SEAS students are encouraged to contact faculty with whom they are interested in teaching.

NOTE:  ONLY ACTIVE SEAS STUDENTS WHO ARE ALSO IN GOOD STANDING* ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY.

Please submit the following application materials as one .PDF document to M-Box by copying and pasting this link:  https://goo.gl/NzaLy5 into your browser.

  1. A cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications for the position
  2. A resume or curriculum vita
  3. Copy of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial is fine)
  4. Teaching history (list course and department)
  5. Teaching evaluations (if available)

Name the .PDF file as follows:  lastname.firstname.course number.  For example:  Doe.John.EAS517.

Verify your own course schedule against the schedule for the course to which you are applying as a GSI.  All GSIs are required to attend the lecture and discussion times as posted.

* An active SEAS student who is also in good standing:

  • is currently enrolled in a SEAS degree program
  • has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • has not completed all of the required credits towards their SEAS MLA, MS, or PhD degree
  • is making satisfactory progress toward completing all of their SEAS degree requirements in a timely manner (i.e., SEAS MS students' time limit is 2 years, SEAS MLA and dual degree students' time limit is 3 years, SEAS PhD students' time limit is 5 years); including approved extensions.

Course Description

Prerequisites: Grad standing or instructor permission

Course Credits:  3

The goal of this course is to provide graduate students from a variety of backgrounds (e.g. education, environmental science/studies, natural resource management, other) with the knowledge and skills to lead and manage environmental education programs. To achieve this goal, students will learn about theories, methods, and resources for effective environmental education as well as gain essential grant writing and program evaluation skills. After completion of this course, students will be able to develop, implement, and evaluate environmental education programs, use instructional methods appropriate for environmental education, write a competitive environmental education grant proposal, and identify leading environmental education organizations and resources. As part of this course, students also have the option to become certified in Project Learning Tree, Project Wet, or Project WILD, three of the most frequently used environmental education curricula in the country.

Responsibilities*

The GSI is expected to attend all lectures and will assist with grading assignments and exams for this advanced environmental education class. The assignments are grant writing and evaluation focused.

Number of Positions:  1 GSI @ 50%

Required Qualifications*

Formal course work in environmental education (preferably prior successful completion of NRE 581) and/or professional environmental education experience. Formal course work in grant writing and/or professional grant writing experience AND/OR Formal course work in evaluation and/or program evaluation experience.  SEAS graduate student in good standing.*

Prior Completion of Course Required:  Always very important

Teaching Experience Required:  Always very important

Expertise of Field Work Experience in Subject Matter Required:  Always very important

* An active SEAS student who is also in good standing:

  • is currently enrolled in a SEAS degree program
  • has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • has not completed all of the required credits towards their SEAS MLA, MS, or PhD degree
  • is making satisfactory progress toward completing all of their SEAS degree requirements in a timely manner (i.e., SEAS MS students' time limit is 2 years, SEAS MLA and dual degree students' time limit is 3 years, SEAS PhD students' time limit is 5 years); including approved extensions.

 

Desired Qualifications*

Prior GSI experience with good-excellent student evaluations. Excellent editing/writing skills.

Contact Information

SEAS-financial-aid@umich.edu

734/763-4572

Decision Making Process

The Associate Dean or his/her designate reviews GSI assignments based on instructor and student preferences. Faculty preferences are heavily weighted in the GSI selection process in order to satisfy course needs. If the matching process changes the rank of the students being selected (especially for courses with multiple GSIs), then the instructor for the course is consulted about these changes. After this, a final review of allocations is made by the Associate Dean.

Successful applicants will be notified by the Financial Aid Coordinator within four to six weeks of the application deadline.  At the beginning of the following term, SEAS will send out an e-mail providing statistics on the completed application cycle.  Applicants may contact SEAS-financial-aid@umich.edu to request feedback on their unsuccessful application.

Selection Process

Instructors have access to their position description and selection criteria along with the applications for their course(s). Instructors review their applications and rank the candidates for each position. In addition to ranking the qualified applicants, instructors may identify applicants as unqualified for the position.

GEO Contract Information

The University will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, familial status, parental status or pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression, 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, 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.

Information for the Office of Institutional Equity may be found at hr.umich.edu/oie/contact.html and for the University Ombuds at www.umich.edu/~ombuds/.

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.