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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.     Provide a document that briefly describes how you see your role as a prospective GSI in promoting equity and inclusion, including any practices you might use. Also, include a statement answering what DEI experiences and skills you have that you could integrate into your role as a GSI.

4.     Copy of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial is fine)

5.     Teaching history (list course and department)

6.     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:

·       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 501.077

Title: Multivariate Statistics for Environmental Science

Term: Fall 2023

Instructor: Drew Gronewold

Prerequisites: EAS 538 or similar introductory statistics class

Course Credits: 3

Multivariate analysis provides the foundational tools for understanding and analyzing data sets that require simultaneous examination of multiple variables. This course aims to enable students with the ability to describe, explore, and find order in data, and to extract underlying structure and patterns. While the course is intended to provide students with a background suitable for a variety of applications, the emphasis will be on the environmental sciences. Further emphasis will be placed on a working knowledge of conventional statistical methods, use of software packages (particularly R), and problem-solving.   Students will be expected to have a reasonable level of competence in statistics, mathematics, and computing. The course will culminate with both a final exam and submittal of an individual semester-long project designed to apply fundamentals from the course to a data set selected by the student.


Course includes three hours of lecture per week.  The GSI is responsible for helping instruct, attending lectures, holding office hours, answering student e-mails, reviewing and grading lab problem sets, and giving guidance for the final independent project. If desired, the GSI may also teach select lectures. 

Required Qualifications*

Preference will be given to students who have previously taken a multivariate statistics course and received an A. SEAS graduate student in good standing.*

Desired Qualifications*

Strong proficiency with R; experience with data collection and analysis; some teaching experience is preferred but not required.

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: drewgron@umich.edu

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of fourteen calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the fifteenth 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 Fellowships and Grants Advisor will notify successful applicants within four to six weeks of the application deadline. Applicants may contact SEAS-financial-aid@umich.edu 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 https://oie.umich.edu/ and for the University Ombuds at https://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 https://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.