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1) a cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for the position
2) a resume or curriculum vita
3) copy of the undergraduate and graduate transcript (unofficial is fine)
4) teaching history (list course and department)
5) any available teaching evaluations

Name the .PDF file as follows: Last name.First name.Course number. For example: Doe.John.Environ326

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.

Course Description

Climate change is arguably the greatest environmental challenge facing the world. Unaddressed, it will lead to catastrophic and irreversible impacts on the prospects for greater human welfare and development, and the likelihood of environmental and natural resource conservation. The impacts of climate change are likely to be particularly severe for the most vulnerable and poorer peoples on the planet, and ecosystem services and biodiversity in more fragile environments. Further, the adverse impacts of climate change are likely to be exacerbated by ongoing global processes and stressors related to demographic shifts, market integration, economic growth, urbanization, and erosion of ecosystem services. We now know that even if the most optimistic assumptions about reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) are realized, the global system is committed to a sizable change in global temperatures and precipitation. To begin to address the environmental and economic challenges associated with climate change, therefore, it is critically necessary to understand better how different human societies can adapt to social impacts that climate change will inevitably produce.


  • Attend course lectures and help with preparation
  • Weekly grading of in-class quizzes
  • Student project support and evaluation
  • Help with final project preparation and grading

Required Qualifications*

  • Knowledge of MS Office and Canvas
  • Strong background on the environmental social sciences
  • Knowledge of climate change adaptation, especially in less developed regions.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Applicant must be in good standing as a graduate student at the University of Michigan. If the language of instruction at a student’s undergraduate institution was not English, they must be evaluated by the English Language Institute (ELI) for English proficiency and either pass the GSI-OET or have this test waived by the ELI before they can be eligible for a GSI appointment in LS&A.          

Desired Qualifications*

  • Demonstrated expertise and interest in subject area. For Environ 326, individuals should have a strong grounding in social systems, as well as an understanding of climate change impacts. A candidate's depth and enthusiasm will be assessed based on their course work, research experience, and nontraditional experiences in the subject area.
  • Adequate technology skills.  Many Environ 326 activities are web-based, with the final project requiring the application of three types of media.

Additional Information

If you have questions about how to apply for the position please email

Contact Information

Instructor:  Maria Carmen-Lemos:

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of ten calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Decision Making Process

Faculty review applications for positions in their courses and indicate their ranked preferences. They are also asked to indicate whether they regard any applicants as unqualified and why.

Selection Process

A committee comprised of the Associate Director and the Department Administrator reviews the faculty recommendations to determine and move forward with selection preferences where possible. The Associate Director determines appointments where no clear preference match is possible.

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.