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Please submit the following application materials as one .PDF document by copying and pasting this link into your web browser:

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  1. a cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for the position
  2. a resume or curriculum vita
  3. copy of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial is fine); if transcripts are long or difficult to read, a list of relevant courses (number and title) and grade achieved should also be included to expedite the review process. 
  4. teaching history (list course and department)
  5. any available teaching evaluations

Name the .PDF file as follows: last name.first name.course number. For example: Doe.John.Environ201.

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.

Course Description

Lectures and discussions explore principles underlying the nature and management of natural resources, with examples from the Great Lakes region. Ecological principles are explored in the context of human behavioral, ethical, socio-economic and institutional factors, emphasizing the necessity of interdisciplinary approaches. Topics covering food, water, energy and shelter include issues such as biodiversity, endangered species, population dynamics, exploitation practices, tropical deforestation, air and water pollution and waste disposal. Skills developed include quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, and methods for interdisciplinary problem solving.


Responsibilities include coordination of lesson plans and assignments with other GSIs and primary instructor, lead discussions on current events and readings, coordination of student projects, holding regular office hours, and other relevant tasks as needed.

  • Attend all lectures
  • Give one lecture on an area of personal experience
  • Grade all student work, including participation, projects, assignments, and exams
  • Hold review sessions for exams

Required Qualifications*

  • Applicants should have a strong grounding in natural and social systems, including arts and culture, a sophisticated understanding of human impacts on natural systems, and integrating natural sciences, social sciences and arts/culture towards creating change.
  • Experience with environmental issues in the Laurentian Great Lakes basin
  • Applicant must be in good standing as a graduate student at the University of Michigan. If the language of instruction at the undergraduate institution was not English, a student must be evaluated by the English Language Institute (ELI) for English proficiency and either pass the GSI-OET or have this test waived by the ELI before they can be eligible for a GSI appointment in LS&A.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Demonstrated expertise and interest in the subject area. For Environ 201, a candidate's depth and enthusiasm will be assessed based on their course work, research experience, and nontraditional experiences (e.g., Peace Corps, study or work abroad) in subject areas.
  • Although previous teaching experience is NOT required, experience in successfully instructing and mentoring students in traditional or non-traditional settings is desirable.

Contact Information

If you have questions about how to apply for the position, please email Please contact instructor for questions about job responsibilities- John Benedict:

Decision Making Process

Qualified GSIs will be selected to represent a range of disciplinary areas, experiences, and backgrounds. Faculty review applications for positions in their courses and indicate their ranked preferences. They are also asked to indicate whether they regard any applicants as unqualified and why.

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.