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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 691


Title: Ecological Planting Design Studio


Term: Fall 2020


Instructor: Hunter, MaryCarol


Prerequisites: Admission to the LA program or Permission of Instructor


Course Credits: 3


Students will learn the basic principles of planting design with an emphasis on integrating aesthetic and ecological goals in the creation of sustainable landscapes that 1) bring wellbeing to all and b) fuel a sense of stewardship because they engage in a way that creates attachment. Students will have the opportunity to practice this approach at several scales. Learning objectives aim to help achieve mastery of: 1) the use of living materials to create psychologically engaging environments that support human engagement, biodiversity, and ecosystem functions; 2) a research process to select plant materials to meet specific environmental and aesthetic goals; 3) combining plants to produce spatial configurations that withstand the test of seasonality; 4) the conventions and notations to professionally communicate a planting plan to others; and 5) an expansion of knowledge of Great Lakes native plants and other ecologically acceptable ornamental plants.


Number of Positions: 1 GSI @ 25%



The course averages 2 hours of lecture and 4 hours of studio per week. There will be field trips in lieu of some studio sessions. The GSI will assist with preparations prior to the beginning of the term; assist with preparations for studio and field trips; attend lectures and assist with desk critiques; assist the instructor in evaluating the students' work; hold weekly office hours; meet regularly with the instructor; and other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

Prior completion of EAS 587, EAS 590, and EAS 437 or equivalent, or an undergraduate degree in LA. Current CPR/First Aid certification--training will be provided. Active SEAS graduate student in good standing.

First Aid/CPR Required: Yes

Desired Qualifications*

Practical/professional experience in planting design, horticulture, and a keen design perspective.


Prior Completion of Course Required: Usually very important

Teaching Experience Required: Always very important

Expertise of Field Work Experience in Subject Matter Required: Always very important

Contact Information


For additional information, you may contact the instructor at:

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.

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.