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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

One of the most relevant and highest growth job markets in environmental sciences is Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Graduates of this comprehensive Principles of GIS course are well-prepared for jobs having GIS components in a variety of professional fields. The goals of this class are therefore to provide a firm understanding of GIS theory, main methods, and uses (lecture), plus versatility in multiple hands-on GIS computing methods and software (lab) in GIS. Therefore, labs are taught using latest versions of ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, and QGIS software. Lecture periods provide conceptual and theoretical knowledge. Labs and lecture case studies cover applications of GIS in the natural, social, data, and environmental sciences making this course of interest to students broadly.


Labs are computer-based in ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, and QGIS software. The GSI is the instructor for the 2.5-hr lab section(s). GSI responsibilities include lab materials preparation (testing and editing existing technical lab exercises, diagnosing and fixing issues); setting up lab datasets/exercises and assignments in CANVAS prior to lab; providing active instructional and technical assistance during the computer lab period to students working individually on complex but structured exercises; and wrapping up after lab period(s). The GSI will grade the weekly lab write-ups and maps. The GSI will provide office hours in computer lab primarily for lab-related questions or technical issues. The GSI will attend lectures (3 hours/week); and meet with the instructor ~30 min/week on weekly course topics.

Required Qualifications*

Prior completion of EAS 531 with strong performance. Additional experience using ArcGIS/ArcPro outside of 531. Experience with GIS data. Advanced level of computer literacy, and familiarity with the UM computing environment. Strong technical computer & GIS problem-solving abilities. SEAS graduate student in good standing. Time available to complete GSI assignments and weekly deadlines. Must always be available during class lecture time and all scheduled lab times (no course conflicts allowed).*

*some overlap of only EAS540 with lecture may be allowed by permission of instructor.

Desired Qualifications*

Prior completion of additional spatial coursework after EAS 531. Successful completion of at least two GIS-related courses and GIS/informatics career goals. Successful completion of at least one course in ecology, or environment. Good verbal communication skills. 

Additional Information

For additional information, you may contact the instructor at:

Contact Information


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, genetic information, marital status, familial status, parental status or pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression (whether actual or perceived), 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, medical conditions including those related to pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, arrest record, 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 for 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 their preferred assignment, they 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.

Standard Practice Guide 601.38, Required Disclosure of Felony Charges and/or Felony Convictions applies to all Graduate Student Assistants (GSAs). SPG 601.38 may be accessed online at , and its relation to your employment can be found in MOU 10 of your employment contract.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.