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How to Apply

Submit a letter of application stating your interest in this position and outlining relevant academic and personal experience suiting you for it. Include the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least two faculty members with whom you have worked who can serve as references. If you have held prior GSI positions, please list the contact information for the faculty members with whom you worked most recently (no more than two). Curriculum vitae, a list of relevant coursework and grades received in those courses. Former GSIs at the University of Michigan should attach summary sheets from teaching evaluations.

Note: All documents should be submitted as one (1) PDF.

Course Description


This course introduces students to global environmental politics, justice and development. This course will explore environmental issues around the world and the relatedness of nature to politics, development and culture. We will address historically unique social form that presents special challenges to our understanding of environmental politics, gender, race and culture by looking at case studies from around the world.

Among the questions that we will examine are the following: How have local and global histories, memories, practices, values, gender, race and identities that derive from our understanding of politics intersect with nature? Are there environmental issues that are also issues of race, class and gender? For example, are there particular forms of knowledge and subjectivity that intersect or interact with race and gender difference, or ideas about civilization and primitivity that could be seen as distinctive instruments of environmental rule?


The GSI appointed to this position is expected to attend all lectures and all of her/his assigned discussion sections; be at lectures on time; attend and be prepared for weekly planning meetings (complete the readings and have plans/ideas regarding how to run discussion sections); complete tasks assigned by instructor on time.  The GSI is responsible for grading all assignments and examinations and she/he bears the primary responsibility for computing final grades.  Grading must be completed in a timely fashion.  The GSI is expected to provide feedback to students. The GSI must post regular weekly office hours and she/he is expected to be at the location specified for office hours on time and for the duration of office hours.  If the GSI has to set up equipment, etc. for lectures, she/he is expected to accomplish what is necessary early enough to assure that lectures/discussions can begin on time. The GSI is expected to keep attendance records for the class and a careful record of students grades.  All GSIs must be ready to assume their responsibilities in the course beginning August 28, 2023.

Appointment Period: Fall Term 2023
Estimated FTE: Three positions with .50 fraction. The GSI is responsible for attending class and leading discussion groups in class with enrollment limits of 25 per section.

Required Qualifications*

Familiarity with and course work at the graduate level dealing with the general subject matter of the course are considered very important, as is evidence of effective teaching and the ability to work well with students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

AAS 322 is designated an Upper Level Writing Requirement (ULWR) course, which carries the requirement that a ULWR GSI must either take WRITING 993 concurrently or have already taken it previously.  Only two sections of this course are offered every fall and winter term on Tuesday from 4-5 pm and Wednesday 9-10 am. Sessions begin the second week of classes.

To be appointed as a GSI or GSSA, a graduate student must be in good standing in their degree program and for Terms I and II, must be registered for not less than six (6) credit hours. With written approval of the student's faculty advisor, five (5) credit hours may be acceptable.

Desired Qualifications*

LSA student enrolled in a graduate program. Prior teaching experience is preferred but not required.

Contact Information

Wayne High, 4700 Haven Hall, 734 764-9300,

Decision Making Process

A GSI for AAS 322/ ENVIRON 335 will be selected by the DAAS faculty member teaching the class, and final approval will come from the DAAS Administrative Team.

Selection Process

Candidates will be evaluated for this position based on the strength of her/his application. Decision Making Date: Friday, April 14, 2023.

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.