Graduate Student Instructor


  • Appointments are usually made for one semester at a time, normally a 50% time appointment in fall and spring.
  • GSIs work 20 hours per week on average.
  • Appointments are assigned by the Head Graduate Advisor of the department, based upon sufficient academic progress and teaching evaluations from previous semesters.
  • Limited positions are available for summer, administered through Summer Sessions.

Pay Periods
Each semester has five paychecks. If appointed in both semesters GSIs receive 10 paychecks, once a month, from September 1 through June 1.

Fee Remission
In addition to salary, GSIs are credited a remission on most of their resident fees for that semester.

The absolute limit on teaching is twelve semesters as a Graduate Student Instructor. After the twelfth semester, a student can no longer be hired in that capacity.

Teaching Evaluations
At the end of each semester the department provides each GSI with teaching evaluation forms to be completed by their students and returned to the department. In addition, GSIs are evaluated by the faculty in charge of the course.

The evaluations give GSIs and faculty feedback on issues such as knowledge and preparation of subject matter, presentation, fairness and impartiality in dealing with students, etc. They become part of the student's record and may be used to determine future GSI appointments as well as an assessment tool for subsequent letters of recommendation.

Previous Teaching Experience - Requests to Advance GSI Step

It is IB Department policy that if a graduate student can show that they served as a GSI for the equivalent of at least 4 semesters at another institution, we will advance their GSI Step 1 to a GSI Step 2 for their IB GSI position -- permitted that they provide the required documentation listed in the form linked below. This is a new policy established as of Fall 2019, and will not be retroactive -- advancement requests must be for the current semester or the following semester.

  • Summer appointments do not qualify.
  • Regardless of additional external teaching experience, the department policy is that we only advance GSI Step 1 to GSI Step 2.
  • All advancement requests will be reviewed by our Graduate Student Services Advisor and then approved by our Head Faculty Graduate Student Advisor.

To submit a GSI Advancement Request to the Department of Integrative Biology, please read the requirements listed in this form and make sure you can provide all the proper documentation. Please contact our Graduate Student Services Advisor, Monica Albe, at if you have any questions.