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

1) a cover letter addressing qualifications and availability to complete the job duties for the position
2) a resume or curriculum vita
3) copy of the undergraduate and graduate transcript with grades (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.Environ201

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 involves lectures and discussions on ecological principles and concepts underlying the management and use of natural resources. The class emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to matters concerning the allocation of natural resources and the quality of our environment. We will track production and use of products we use every day to issues regarding biodiversity, endangered species, climate change, tropical deforestation, agriculture, air and water pollution, energy production and use, waste disposal, and the role of politics and economics in environmental issues. 


  • Instruct 3 sections of discussion.  Responsibilities include coordination of lesson plans with other GSIs and primary instructor, leading discussions of assigned homework questions and readings, coordination of student team term projects, holding regular office hours, and other relevant tasks as needed.
  • Attend all lectures
  • Do all readings assigned to students
  • Provide one lecture on a topic you know particularly well (pending lecture schedule)
  • Grade all student work, including participation, projects, assignments, and exams
  • Hold review sessions for exams
  • Provide additional assistance to enrolled students and instructor as needed.

Required Qualifications*

  • Applicants should have a strong grounding in ecology as a natural science as well as other fields needed for an interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues including social science, decision making and institutions, as well as a sophisticated understanding of human impacts on natural systems.
  • Experience with and understanding of a wide range of environmental issues and ecological systems across the US and around the world, particularly those that we cover in this course. 
  • The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to successfully manage time and willingness to prioritize the job duties for this GSI position above other conflicts.  Attendance at all lectures and assigned discussion sections is required.
  • The successful candidate will have the ability to take command of discussion sections through an energetic and dynamic approach and excellent verbal communication skills. 
  • 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*

  • Demonstrated expertise and interest in the subject area. For Environ 201, a candidate's depth and enthusiasm will be assessed based on their course work, research experience, and nontraditional experiences (e.g., Peace Corps, study or work abroad) in subject areas.  
  • Research or experience with the Laurentian Great Lakes basin. 
  • Prior coursework in Environ 201 or equivalent coursework in the subject area is desired. A strong GPA in relevant undergraduate and graduate course work is desired. 
  • Although previous GSI teaching experience is NOT required, experience is successfully instructing and mentoring students in traditional or non-traditional settings is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in critical thinking activities and synthesis across fields is desirable.

Contact Information

Instructor: John Benedict, email:

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 Director and the Department Administrator review the faculty recommendations to determine and move forward with selection preferences where possible. The 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.