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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 587


Title: Place and Environment/Making Places LA Design Studio


Term: Fall 2020


Instructor: Lindquist, Mark


Prerequisites: LA Grad Student OR Permission of Instructor


Course Credits: 4


The first half of the term provides a basic foundation in the principles and processes on local ecosystems and places. The second half of the term focuses on the design process and the creation of landscape interventions in response to cultural and ecological context.


Number of Positions: 1 GSI @ 25%


Course schedule includes two 3-hour blocks and one 2-hour block of combined studio/lecture time per week (M & F 1-4; W 1-3). The GSI is expected to attend all lectures; provide desk critiques during the studios as requested by the professor; and assist in class assignment preparation and grading.

Required Qualifications*

Graduate student with advanced landscape architecture design and media skills. Prior completion of EAS 587, EAS 590 or equivalent. Computer graphics background is essential, especially the scanning of programs and drawings, and managing graphic data files using Photoshop, Power Point, etc. Active SEAS graduate student in good standing.

First Aid/CPR Required: Yes

Desired Qualifications*

Articulate about landscape design. Innovative and well-developed skills in drawing and model-making. Strong ability in design communication and presentation.


  • Prior Completion of Course Required: Always very important
  • Teaching Experience Required: Useful but not required
  • Expertise of Field Work Experience in Subject Matter Required: Always very important

    Additional Information

    For additional information, you may contact the instructors 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 eighth 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.

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    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.