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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.


Please submit the following application materials as one .PDF document to M-Box by copying and pasting this link: into your browser.  DO NOT UPLOAD MATERIALS INTO eRECRUIT APPLICATION AT THIS STAGE.

  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.pdf.

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

Remote sensing, including air photos and satellite imagery is one of the most useful and important spatial data sources in both GIS and environmental sciences defined broadly. In this course, students will learn the theory, sensors, analysis methods, and applications of remote sensing. Lectures provide a comprehensive introduction to remote sensing, and labs present opportunity for hands-on analysis experience using ERDAS Imagine and ArcGIS software and several types of images.


Most labs are computer-based in ERDAS IMAGINE (primary emphasis) and ArcGIS (secondary); several labs cover print photography and topographic maps. The GSI is the instructor for the 3-hr lab section(s). GSI responsibilities include lab teaching, testing, developing, and editing lab exercises, setting up lab print materials or on-line dataset/exercises prior to lab; providing active instructional assistance during the computer lab period to students working individually on complex but structured exercises; and wrapping up after lab period(s). The GSI will also develop and revise answer keys, grade weekly lab write-ups, and provide office hours in computer lab or office primarily for lab-related questions or issues. The GSI will attend all lectures (3 hours/week); and meet with the instructor .5 hour/week on weekly course topics.

Required Qualifications*

Prior completion of NRE 541 or equivalent. Advanced level of computer literacy. Experience using ERDAS IMAGINE and ArcGIS. Familiarity with the UM computing environment, particularly Dana and the Environmental Spatial Analysis Lab. SEAS graduate student in good standing.* Must always be available Wednesday, 2:30-6:00 PM (lab time plus some prep/wrap-up time); also must always be available Mon/Wed 1:00 -2:30 PM (lecture time).

Desired Qualifications*

GSI Desired Qualifications:  Experience using ERDAS IMAGINE and ArcGIS at UM. Experience with curricula/curricular materials for remote sensing. Experience with Landsat imagery. Research work/goals in remote sensing.


Prior Completion of Course Required: Always very important

Teaching Experience Required: Sometimes important

Expertise of Field Work Experience in Subject Matter Required:  Sometimes important

Additional Information

For additional information, you may contact the instructor at:

Contact Information


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.

The Financial Aid Coordinator will notify successful applicants within four to six weeks of the application deadline. Applicants may contact 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 and for the University Ombuds at

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.