CMB requires students to complete one term of teaching as a GSI (Graduate Student Instructor). Students can also choose to pursue an optional Graduate Teaching Certificate, which is organized through the Center for Research on Learning & Teaching (CRLT). All GSI positions should be approved through CMB before the student accepts the position, since CMB needs to coordinate the GSI appointment with the student's current funding.
Below is a spreadsheet of former GSI opportunities and contact information for each one.
Tips when searching for a GSI position:
- GSI positions are competitive, so start looking for a GSI 2 semesters in advance. It is recommended that students start looking for a position in their 2nd/G1 year, ideally for a position in the 3rd/G2 or 4th/G3 year.
- Some departments have prioritized students from their own programs, so let them know it is a program requirement for CMB. It helps to have taken the course, and/or to demonstrate enthusiasm for the subject matter.
- Search courses in the course catalog (current and future semesters) and email the course instructors directly.
- Search careers.umich.edu for open GSI positions, or contact your mentor's department for open positions
IMPORTANT: Please note, some funding sources (e.g. F31s, training grants) have limits to how how many hours per week you can teach. F31s/F30s and training grants, for example, allow no more than 10 hours/week of teaching (or 25% effort). It is important you coordinate this with CMB before accepting a position.
CMB also offers a GSI appointment in the Winter semester (CMB short course/CMBIOL 630) at 5% effort, which is compatible with F31s, T32s and most other funding sources a student may have. Please see the "CMB Winter Short Course GSI - Description and Expectations" document below for more information, as well as a link to the application. Applications are accepted through November 15th for the following Winter semester.