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GSI Information

Like most units on campus, the Program in the Environment hires qualified graduate students to assist professors with class laboratory, discussion and lecture sessions. Consistent with the Program's interdisciplinary focus, these graduate student instructors (GSIs) are from a variety of academic disciplines across campus.

To be eligible to apply for an instructor position, a graduate student must be in good standing in a University of Michigan graduate degree program, and be qualified to do the teaching that is outlined in the position description. In addition, students must be making satisfactory progress toward the degree, as determined by their home unit. Ph.D. students will be limited to ten terms of teaching, dual degree master’s students to seven terms of teaching and single degree master’s students to four terms of teaching. Teaching while enrolled in a master’s program counts toward the ten-term limit for students who go on for a Ph.D. All new Graduate Student Instructors attend an orientation session and 20 hours of training.

GSI Selection Timeline

GSI positions for the Fall 2019 term are currently open and will close at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

Application Process

All PitE GSI positions are posted on Detailed application instructions are included in each job posting along with a list of required materials. For more information on the application process click here.

Selection Process

Faculty review applications for positions in their courses and indicate their un-ranked preferences. They are also asked to indicate whether they regard any applicants as unqualified and why. A committee comprised of the Associate Director and the Department Administrator review the faculty preferences and determine the appointments.

Successful applicants are notified by the Program. After all of the positions are filled, the Program will post a notice informing candidates that the selection process is complete. Applicant inquiries should be directed to .

Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings. Upon request, the Program will inform an applicant of his or her status. In the event an Employee does not receive his or her preferred assignment, he or she can request a written explanation or an in-person interview with the hiring agent(s).