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How to Apply

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

https://myumi.ch/Xe1pp

The link will direct you to an MBox drop box where you will submit your application materials. If you click on the orange ‘Apply Now’ button, your application materials will not be received.

  1. a cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for the position 
  2. a resume or curriculum vita 
  3. copy of the undergraduate and graduate transcript (unofficial is fine) 
  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.Environ207

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

This course provides students with a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of sustainability in society establishing a platform from which to further research, study, and practice it. Students connect sustainability to real-world challenges, evaluate its claims, develop knowledge to participate in sustainability debates, and identify novel pathways towards a more sustainable society.

Responsibilities*

  • Attend each lecture class 
  • Lead three (1-hour) discussion sections per week (~25 students each section) 
  • Hold regular office hours 
  • Assist with preparation of two exams; grade exams 
  • Assist with the preparation of 2 essays; Grade essays 
  • Assist with the preparation of section activities; grade section activities

Required Qualifications*

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Applicants should have a strong grounding in natural and social systems, and sustainability 
  • Applicant must be in good standing as a graduate student at the University of Michigan. If the language of instruction at undergraduate institution was not English, students 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*

  • PhD student strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated expertise and interest in the subject area. For Environ 207, 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. 
  • Qualified GSIs will be selected to represent a range of disciplinary areas, experiences, and backgrounds. 
  • Although previous GSI or TA teaching experience is NOT required, experience is successfully instructing and mentoring students in traditional or non-traditional settings is desirable.

Contact Information

Please contact instructor for questions about job responsibilities: Joshua Newell, jpnewell@umich.edu. If you have questions about how to apply for the position, please email alexacs@umich.edu

Decision Making Process

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 oie.umich.edu/ and for the University Ombuds at ombuds.umich.edu/


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 spg.umich.edu/policy/601.38 , 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.