How to Apply
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://tinyurl.com/yc6mtco2 into your browser. DO NOT UPLOAD MATERIALS INTO eRECRUIT APPLICATION AT THIS STAGE.
- A cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications for the position
- A resume or curriculum vita
- Copy of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial is fine)
- Teaching history (list course and department)
- 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.
Students will learn the basic elements of site engineering as well as the technical, ecological and aesthetic premises for applying engineering methods to site and landscape design. Site engineering skills will be developed with lecture information and extensive studio/labs that integrate conventional and integrative problem solving. The focal techniques to be mastered are site grading and storm water management – how and when to reshape the land in order to achieve outstanding design with great environmental integrity. Integrated topics include earthwork calculation methods, linear corridor design – road and path systems, design of piping systems, retaining walls, steps, ramps and flattened sites. Across all course topics, the underlying theme will be the achievement of sustainable design through the use of a best practices approach to site engineering and a sharp focus on storm water management.
The course format consists of one 2-hour lecture and two 3-hour studio/labs per week. There will be some field trips in lieu of class meetings as weather permits. The GSI has weekly responsibilities in and out of class and these include: keeping up with lecture materials; working with the instructor to help students apply engineering mathematics and desk critiques during studio/lab; assist the instructor in evaluating the weekly problem sets, projects, exams; hold office hours; and meet weekly with the instructor to evaluate the progress and needs of the students as well as receive mentoring. In addition, the GSI will help the instructor organize course materials at the beginning of the semester and as the need arises throughout the semester.
Prior completion of NRE 587 and NRE 588 or equivalent; or an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture is required. CPR/First Aid Certification--training will be provided. SEAS graduate student in good standing.*
Practical professional experience in built projects and/or stormwater management.
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
For additional information, you may contact the instructor at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
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 SEASemail@example.com to request feedback on their unsuccessful application.
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.