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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 Information Sessions

GSI Information Sessions are held twice each year in October and February. Interested graduate students should attend the GSI Information Session to learn more about the application and selection processes, hiring timeline, GSI obligations, and tips to submitting a strong application. 



Applicants apply for GSI positions through the UM Jobs website.

Requirements for a complete application include:

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 will be accepted)
4. teaching history (list course and department)
5. any available teaching evaluations
6. any additional materials or information outlined in job posting

Selection Process

Faculty review applications for positions in their courses and indicate their unranked 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 reviews the faculty and candidate 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. At no time should the instructor make an offer or promise of a GSI position to any applicant. Applicant inquiries should be directed to the Department Administrator.

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).