Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)

Thank you for your interest in being a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) for the Department of Psychology.  We start our hiring process in March for the Fall semester, October for the Spring semester, and February for Summer Sessions.  We give priority to Department of Psychology students but often hire qualified graduate students from outside the department.


Our GSI appointments are 50% full time employment (up to 20 hours per week) and include partial fee remission as set by Graduate Division.  Please refer to their website for details:  Fee Remission Eligibility, Title Codes, & Remission Types.  Fall semester appointments are August 1 – December 31, and Spring semester appointments January 1 – May 31.  GSIs are expected to be available the first day through the last day of the semester they are teaching.


A student on a fellowship is usually allowed to hold a 50% appointment for one semester of the academic year, or 25% in each semester.  Please verify the terms of your fellowship before applying for a GSI appointment.


GSIs must meet Graduate Division’s GSI requirements: GSI Appointments


We do not hire GSIs for all of our courses.  The Online Schedule of Classes is useful to review for determining lecture and section times that fit your schedule, but our application lists the positions to be filled. GSI’s for all of Psychology’s courses usually teach 3 sections, with the exception of Psych 101 Research and Data Analysis, which is 2 sections.  Final section assignments are determined by the instructor and GSIs after all of the GSIs for each course have accepted their appointments.


Instructors cannot hire GSIs or make any promises about being hired. Applicants being offered an appointment receive an Academic Student Employee offer letter by email.  


GSIs are hired as Academic Student Employees and organized under the United Auto Workers Union. 


The application for Fall 2019 GSIs has closed.  The application for Fall 2019 Readers will open in late July or early August.  For further information or to be added to our listserv to receive our recruiting announcements, contact