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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 557

Title: Industrial Ecology

Term: Winter 2020

Instructor: Keoleian, Greg

Apply by: 10/13/2019

Prerequisites: Senior or Graduate Standing

Course Credits: 3

Course Description: Material and energy flows associated with products, processes, and economic sectors are analyzed to enhance their eco-efficiency and sustainability in meeting human needs. Tools such as life cycle assessment, material flow analysis, life cycle cost analysis, ecological footprint analysis, and life cycle design are emphasized.  Industrial Ecology provides a scientific foundation for advancing the “Circular Economy,” which is gaining attention in business and industry. This course is interdisciplinary, and explores and integrates environmental, technological, cost, and policy factors in seeking more sustainable strategies and decisions for mobility, buildings and infrastructure, consumer products and packaging and food systems.  

Number of Positions: 1 GSI @ 50%


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.

Required Qualifications*

GSI Minimum Qualifications:

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

First Aid/CPR Required: Yes

Desired Qualifications*

GSI 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 NRE 557, Industrial Ecology, or equivalent.

Additional Information

For additional information, you may contact the instructor at:


  • 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

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.