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Urban and Regional Planning GSI Positions

Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) at the University of Michigan are considered members of the community of scholars.

Graduate Student Instructor Overview

Applicants must be students in the Urban and Regional Planning Program. Only students who have satisfactory academic performance are eligible for a GSI position. Satisfactory academic progress is defined as:

  • a B average
  • no more than one outstanding incomplete
  • progress toward degree at the rate of 9 or more credits per semester

Do not apply to GSI for a course that meets at the same time as a course you will be enrolled in.

All positions require that you submit a cover letter and a resume combined into a single PDF file.

The cover letter header must include:

  • name
  • program (MURP or PhD)
  • expected date of graduation (MM/YYYY)
  • Umich email address
  • Student ID #
  • Position(s) you are applying for, listed in ranked order from highest to lowest.

Please note that only students currently enrolled at Taubman College are eligible to apply to become a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) in Taubman College. These positions, as posted, are subjected to a collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees' Organization, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO 3550.

The program chair is responsible for final selection of applicants.

All Graduate students of Taubman College are eligible to apply for GSI positions but each program hires students from within their field.

Dual-degree students must take 75% of their course work in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and must be enrolled for at least 6 credit hours in the term they hold a GSI position.

The percentage of effort for each position is detailed in the posting. Should enrollment warrant, and the GSI agree, an increase in percentage is possible. GSI and Faculty should check in regularly to ensure that the outline on the fraction calculation accurately reflects the effort. Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions. In the event that 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) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The University will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, familial status, parental status or pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, height, weight, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, HIV antibody status, political belief, membership in any social or political organization, participation in a grievance or complaint whether formal or informal, or any other factor where the item in question will not interfere with job performance and where the employee is otherwise qualified. The University of Michigan agrees to abide by the protections afforded employees with disabilities as outlined in the rules and regulations, which implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.” 

How to Apply: Winter 2021 GSI Positions

Complete both of the following steps to apply:

Step 1: Submit cover letter(s) and a resume combined into a single PDF file by following the link below

Submit Resume

Position Details

Job Opening ID#: 191243
Posting dates: 11/09/2020 – 11/23/2020
Working title: Urban Planning Graduate Student Instructor at Taubman College

We estimate that all positions will be filled, and the applicants notified by December 20, 2020. The percentage of effort for each position is detailed in the posting. Should enrollment warrant, and the GSI agree, an increase in percentage is possible. GSI and Faculty should check in regularly to ensure that the outline on the fraction calculation accurately reflects the effort.

Winter 2020 GSI Positions

URP 423 - Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning

Positions: up to 3
Effort: 25%
Faculty: Harley Etienne

This survey-level introductory course provides a broad overview of the topics and issues addressed by urban and regional planning. The course introduces students to a wide variety of planning issues including ,the practice of planning, sustainable development, legal aspects of planning, urban design, housing policy, environmental planning, and transportation planning, and planning in developing countries.

GSI responsibilities: The GSI attends classes and is responsible for a discussion section that meets once a week with 15-25 students. The GSI participates in the design of the course/section assignments and examinations. The GSIs must collaboratively, as well as independently grade and evaluate student work. The weekly work commitment will average 9.50 to 12.49 hours.

Required qualifications:  Strong performance in previous courses, energetic and enthusiastic about interacting with undergraduate students; conscientious, well organized, good listening and reading skills; writing skills; some knowledge of and experience with urban and environmental planning issues. and will work well with instructor and fellow GSIs.

Eligible: Master or PhD students in Architecture or Urban Design.

 

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