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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 509 (Regular)

Title: Ecology: Concepts and Applications

Term: Fall 2020

Instructor: Schueller, Sheila

Prerequisites: none

Course Credits: 4

EAS 509 is a core ecology course aimed to provide students with the foundational knowledge and skills that will prepare them for other courses, as well as their environmental careers, which require making informed and interdisciplinary decisions. Through lecture and field labs, we will examine how organisms respond to their physical environment, interact with each other in populations and communities across the landscape, and affect the movement of energy and nutrients through terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Principles will be presented in the context of global change, and students will be introduced to some relevant design, analysis, and planning tools. Coursework will build skills in field observation, the design and interpretation of ecological research, clear communication of ecological concepts, and systems thinking.

Number of positions: 6 @ 50%



Each week GSIs will independently lead one 4-hour laboratory section, attend a 4-hour lab prep session from 9am-1pm on Friday, and attend two lectures (Monday/Wednesday 11:30-1). In lecture, GSIs will assist with in-class discussions and activities. During field laboratory exercises, GSIs will use an inquiry-based approach to guide students in generating hypotheses, collecting data, and learning some natural history. The GSIs will work with the instructor and a Lab Coordinator on the logistics and implementation of laboratory exercises. During and outside of lab GSIs will assist students in completing assignments involving data analysis and writing short research summaries, and will guide students through the process of designing, implementing and presenting Independent Research Projects. GSIs will be responsible for grading the assignments of students in their sections, assisting in the grading of course exams, and maintaining a record of their section's grades.

Required Qualifications*

Completion of a statistics course, general ecology, and an upper division course in ecology. Must have experience with field methods for ecological research and data analysis. Completion of EAS 509 is not sufficient research experience to be a lab GSI for this course. Current CPR/First Aid Certification (training will be provided). Active SEAS graduate student in good standing.*

First Aid/CPR Required: Yes

Desired Qualifications*

Previous teaching experience, field work experience, excellent time management and organizational skills, flexible schedule, experience teaching and/or working with non-scientists, completion of EAS 556/EEB 447 Field Ecology or equivalent.


  • Prior Completion of Course Required: Usually important
  • Teaching Experience Required: Usually 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.