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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Course Description

This survey course explores the changing relations and contestations surrounding the theme of conservation and development. Often at odds with each other, conservation and development are sometimes seen as going hand in hand and other times seen as serving different goals. The purpose of this course is to examine the nuances behind the polarization of how, if, when and under what considerations conservation and development should be jointly considered in planning for sustainable development. The course begins by exploring some of the epistemological origins of this debate. Next, we will examine some of the contemporary approaches to conservations and development. The remainder of the course will rely on exploring some of the new and contemporary ideas associated with reconciling between conservation and development.


The GSI will assist the instructor in the preparation of the class readings and discussion notes, assist students with the preparation of in-class presentations on selected topics. The GSI will also be responsible for the grading of weekly response papers, gradebook compilation, and maintaining the class CANVAS site. In some cases, the GSI will help the instructor in the preparation of video recordings for flipped classroom activities.

Required Qualifications*

Completion of at least one year of coursework at UM/SEAS. Bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary environmental studies, geography, anthropology, sociology or political science or closely related fields. Active SEAS graduate student in good standing*.

Desired Qualifications*

Master's degree in interdisciplinary environmental studies, geography, anthropology, sociology or political science or closely related fields. Ideally should have taken 542 previously. Experience with decolonizing the syllabus would be an added advantage as would additional training in DEI and environmental.

Contact Information

For additional information, you may contact the instructor at: or; 734/763-4572

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, 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.