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How to Apply

Please submit the following application materials as one .PDF document to M-Box by copying and pasting link into browser.

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.Environ361

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

This course reviews models of behavior change and applies them to the promotion of individual environmental stewardship behavior. These models explore the role of information and motivation in people’s willingness to alter their behavior. An emphasis is placed on encouraging long-lasting and generalizable behavior change. Students participate in team-based research during which they apply the models and interventions discussed in class to a current, nearby problem related to environmental sustainability.


  • Instruct 3 discussion sections. Responsibilities include preparation and coordination of lesson plans, class notes, and instructional materials with other GSIs and primary instructor; and leading discussions of assigned homework questions and readings.
  • Attend required training sessions and contact CRLT as needed.
  • Design and maintain the course Canvas site.
  • Acquire readings and post on Canvas.
  • Prepare, administer and grade course quizzes, exams and tasks.
  • Prepare, administer and grade term research projects.
  • Prepare lecture handouts and attend lectures
  • Attend weekly meeting
  • Hold weekly office hours
  • Hold special tutoring and/or exam sessions if needed.
  • Wrap up course (e.g., debrief instructor, feedback to next year’s GSIs)

Required Qualifications*

  • Familiarity with research literature relevant to the study of the psychology of environmental stewardship, including behavior change models and strategies.
  • Familiarity with research literature relevant the multi-dimensional assessment of the effectiveness of behavior change strategies.
  • Familiarity with literature concerning Attention Restoration Theory (ART).
  • Familiarity with literature relevant to the study of behavior-environment research methods.
  • Experience with survey design and analysis including the ability to assist student research teams in the logistics of data gathering, coding, analysis and interpretation.
  • Experience using a statistical analysis program, such as SPSS or R.
  • Previously taken NRE 560 and NRE 561 or their equivalent.
  • Applicant must be in good standing as a graduate student at the University of Michigan. If the language of instruction at a students 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*

  • Although previous GSI teaching experience is NOT required, experience is successfully instructing and mentoring students in traditional or non-traditional settings is desirable.
  • Familiarity with literature relevant to the study of environmental/social psychology, environmental communications and education, environmental planning, health communication and education, and energy conservation.

Additional Information

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

Contact Information

Instructor:  Ray De Young

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

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 review the faculty recommendations to determine and move forward with selection preferences where possible. The Associate Director determines appointments where no clear 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.