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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 521


Title: Field Methods and Observations for Fluvial Ecosystems


Term: Fall 2020


Instructor: Seelbach, Paul


Prerequisites: none


Course Credits: 1


This course introduces field methods and measurements relevant to ecological research and applied management of fluvial ecosystems; and also provides opportunities for field observations to compliment the lecture-based format in EAS 520 Fluvial Ecosystems. Hydrology, geomorphology, and biology are treated in weekly exercises that teach basic concepts, methods of measurement, and the analysis and synthesis of data. Students will sample and experience a range of stream and river ecosystems. In addition to the time spent in the field, students will need to complete reading assignments, perform data analysis and synthesis, and will explore powerful GIS tools for fluvial examination. 


Number of Positions: 1 GSI @ 50%



The GSI will have the following responsibilities: (1) Organize and test equipment to ensure it is in working condition for the semester; (2) Meet with instructor to plan weekly afternoon field trips; (3) Help lead weekly afternoon field trips, including teaching use of equipment, safe and sound field protocols, and data management and analysis; (4) Organize, load, and operate field equipment; unload and store equipment upon return; (5) Manage samples and data following field sampling each week; (6) Summarize field data and write assignment prompts to support student analyses and assignments; (7) Grade all assignments and reports; (8) Help organize and lead several classes dedicated to data analyses and learning GIS tools; (9) Prepare for one (1) weekend field trip including: coordinating housing, meals, and logistics; preparing field equipment and transport; help develop itinerary and teaching plan; (10) Hold office hours and provide extra assistance to students as needed. The GSI is also expected to attend lectures in the accompanying lecture course, Fluvial Ecosystems.

Required Qualifications*

Valid driver's license. Prior coursework in aquatic ecosystems. Familiarity with fluvial ecosystems including basic biology, hydrology and surveying techniques, and basic computing and statistical skills. Active SEAS graduate student in good standing.

First Aid/CPR Required: Yes

Desired Qualifications*

Prior completion of EAS 520/521 or equivalent. Experience with electrofishing, macroinvertebrate collecting, channel and hydrologic survey techniques, and GIS applications to rivers.


  • Prior Completion of Course Required: Always 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.