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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.


To apply for SEAS GSI positions, visit the following link-

The following application materials combined as one .PDF document will be required-

  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

EAS 507

Title: Interpreting Research in Conservation Ecology

Term: Winter 2020

Instructor: Alofs, Karen

Apply by: 10/13/2019

Prerequisites: None

Course Credits: 3

Course Description: Each year, SEAS hosts a series of research talks in the winter Conservation Ecology Seminar Series. Most speakers are invited by SEAS faculty in Ecology and Earth Sciences and topics span the range of research in the field. Speakers have ranged from citizen science to data integration, from forests to fishes, from genetics to populations, communities and ecosystems. Speakers in this series include researchers at varied career stages and in varied positions (agency research scientists and biologists, postdoctoral researchers and professors).

This course will serve as a core course for Masters students in the Conservation Ecology field of study. The course will build broad knowledge on a range of current topics in ecology and conservation. Students will read and discuss recent papers authored by the seminar speakers and will learn how science is communicated in public academic seminars. The course will emphasize how research is shared, collaborations are developed and how the cross-pollination of ideas between labs, universities and practitioners improves conservation.

Number of Positions: 1 GSI @ 50%


GSI Description:  

  • Instruct 4 weekly discussion sections on topical research papers
  • Attend Monday lectures and Friday Seminars
  • Grade assignments and presentations and provide feedback to students
  • Provide office hours to aid student progress
  • Weekly meetings with course instructor

Required Qualifications*

GSI Minimum Qualifications:

  • Applicant must be in good standing as a graduate student at the University of Michigan.
  • Competence in Canvas, Powerpoint, Word and Google equivalents.
  • Comfort with reading and interpreting ecological research literature on a variety of topics and utilizing mixed methods (experimental, modeling and theory)
  • Completion of coursework in Conservation Biology, Population and Community Ecology, Restoration Ecology, Ecosystem Services and/or Ecological Modelling

First Aid/CPR Required: No

Desired Qualifications*

GSI Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience leading discussions of scientific literature
  • Training, including or similar to CRLT workshops, on engaged learning, facilitating classroom discussions and/or equity in the classroom.
  • Prior completion of basic statistics at the upper division level.

Additional Information

Prior Completion of Course Required: Important
Teaching Experience Required: Always very important
Expertise of Field Work Experience in Subject Matter Required: Important, not required

For additional information, you may contact the instructor at:

Contact Information

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of fourteen calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the fifteenth day after posting. This opening 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.