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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

Industrial ecology is the systematic analysis of global, regional and local material and energy flows and uses that are associated with products, processes, industrial sectors, and economies.  Students gain skills and expertise in life cycle assessment and life cycle design methods which are applied in a wide range of case studies involving consumer products, transportation, food, water, and the built environment.  The course provides a theoretical and practical foundation for advancing the circular economy and enhancing the sustainability performance of products and services for meeting human needs.

GSI Description:  The GSI will contribute to both the preparation of course materials and actively engage in a critical discussion of the subject. Assistance is needed in preparing assignments, handout materials, and case studies for discussion. The GSI is expected to attend all class sessions (two 1.5 hour lectures per week); keep office hours; help counsel students as needed; and assist in grading assignment, exams, and term projects. The GSI is required to assist students with life cycle assessment modeling methods and software by providing special tutorials outside of the regular class time. The GSI will assist with field trips to two industrial/municipal sites. Past tours have included the Rouge Plant, Guardian Industries Float Glass Plant in Carleton, Central Power Plant at UM, the Ann Arbor Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), and an Automotive shredder.


Strong quantitative analytical skills. Current CPR/First Aid Certification--training will be provided. SEAS graduate student in good standing.

Required Qualifications*

Strong quantitative analytical skills. Current CPR/First Aid Certification--training will be provided. SEAS graduate student in good standing.

Desired Qualifications*

Ability to lead discussions. Knowledge of life cycle assessment, design for environment. Strong interest in exploring the theory and application of industrial ecology. Prior completion of EAS 557, Industrial Ecology, or equivalent.

Additional Information

For additional information, you may contact the instructor at:

Contact Information

Application Deadline

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 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.