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How to Apply

Please submit the following application materials as one .PDF document to M-Box by copying and pasting the following 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.Environ235

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

What role should government play in managing the Earth’s natural resources and ecosystems?

In this course, we will use economics as a lens through which to analyze the interaction between humans and the environment. We will learn how unregulated markets for pollution-intensive goods can result in social welfare loss and environmental injustice; we will identify the behavioral and institutional challenges to effective regulation; and we will explore the many policy tools at our disposal. You will become adept at applying economic intuition to all types of questions about the environment and, in the process, hone your analytical, writing, and communication skills.


  • Grader for multiple student exercises, providing feedback on content and writing quality, with instructor oversight. 
  • Grader for student midterm exam and final exam 
  • Available to meet with students as needed throughout the semester (specific weekly office hours not required) 
  • Attend all lectures 
  • Complete all readings

Required Qualifications*

  • Basic competency in Word and Excel as well as in using course websites. 
  • Successful completion of undergraduate course similar in content to Environ 235. 
  • 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, he/she 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 gaining eligibility for a GSI appointment in LS&A.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Previous teaching experience is desired
  • Experience in evaluating and critiquing writing is desired
  • Experience in courses on environmental policy, economics, and/or ethics is desired

Additional Information

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

Contact Information

Instructor Email and/or Phone:

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