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Urban and Regional Planning 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.” 

Winter 2019 GSI Positions

Job Opening ID #165087

Posting dates are 11/12/2018 to 11/26/2018

Working Title
Urban Planning Graduate Student Instructor positions at Taubman College

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URP 502 — U.S. Planning Institutions and Law

Positions: Up to 1
Appointment: 25%-35%
Faculty: Richard Norton

This course provides a general overview of the legal aspects of urban and regional planning, including institutional structures, sources of and limits on legal authority, and traditional and evolving approaches to land use and development control. The principal focus of the course will be on the relationships between planning as a public policy-making process and the laws that authorize, implement, and constrain planning initiatives.

GSI Responsibilities: Attend all classes, lead and/or assist with periodic discussion section(s), grade assignments, hold weekly office hours, and help with clerical work, such as scanning, library trips, et al. Detailed assignments will be worked out with the instructor.

Required Qualifications: Professionalism (punctuality and reliability regarding course tasks) and ethical conduct with students, such as respect for privacy and students’ educational background. Detail- oriented in assessing students’ work. Strong organizational skills. Relevant coursework. Strong academic performance.

Desired Qualifications: Preference is given to students who have successfully completed URP 502 in a prior term.

Eligible: Master’s or PhD students in Urban Planning.

 


URP 503 — Comparative Planning Institutions and Law

Positions:  Up to 1
Appointment: 25%-35%
Faculty: Pimentel Walker

This course focuses on the legal aspects of urban and regional planning from a comparative perspective. Throughout the world, legal systems enable and constrain developers, property owners, environmentalists, housing advocates, and other actors in the achievement of their visions of the good (urban) life. Planning practice is inserted in this legal field of contention. Thus, we will examine how different countries exercise the public control of land use and development and the impact that these distinct legal institutions have on urban sustainability. Reading materials, class discussions, and course assignments analyze the U.S. practice of land use regulations vis-à-vis the legal-institutional context of other common and civil law countries. Topics include traditional land use issues, such as alternatives to public regulations (e.g., nuisance law), constitutional and statutory considerations of community planning, the administration of zoning and other land-use regulations, contemporary innovations on inclusionary housing, and environmental protection.

GSI Responsibilities: Attend all classes, lead and/or assist with sporadic discussion section(s), grade assignments, hold weekly office hours, and help with clerical work, such as scanning, library trips, et al. Detailed assignments will be worked out with the instructor.

Required Qualifications: Professionalism (punctuality and reliability regarding course tasks) and ethical conduct with students, such as respect for privacy and students’ educational background. Detail- oriented in assessing students’ work. Strong organizational skills. Relevant coursework. Strong academic performance.

Desired Qualifications: Passion for learning about the comparative aspects of planning law on a global scale. Preference is given to students who have successfully completed URP 503 in a prior term.

Eligible: Master’s or PhD students in Urban Planning.

 


URP 520 — Introduction to GIS

Positions:  up to 1 position
Effort: 25%
Faculty: Robert Goodspeed

This course provides an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and how it may be applied to solve urban planning problems. Emphasis is on basic principles and concepts of GIS, theory and tools of spatial analysis, and broad exposure to GIS applications such as land use, infrastructure, and environmental planning. Topics include the history of GIS, hardware and software requirements, spatial data types, data formats and sources, spatial analysis techniques, making maps and reports, and fundamentals of database design.

GSI responsibilities: Attend class, lead and/or assist with discussion section(s), grade assignments, and hold office hours. Detailed assignments will be worked out with the instructor.

Required Qualifications: Professionalism (possessing the characteristics of punctuality, dependability, and accountability); Organizational ability and knowledge of GIS technology. Relevant course work, strong academic performance.

Desired Qualifications:  Experience or promise in leading oral discussions, as well as assessing students’ work.

Eligible:  Masters or PhD students in Urban Planning.

 


URP 521 — Intermediate GIS

Positions:  up to 1 position
Effort: 25%
Faculty: Anthony Bedogne

This is a laboratory workshop course that uses hands-on training and tutorials to provide students with advanced spatial analysis skills. The course combines lectures, discussions, and lab exercises to develop advanced techniques to be used in research, professional planning practice, and policy analysis. The emphasis is on applied instruction for solving spatial problems, in particular on managing, processing, and interpreting spatial data using GIS mapping and statistical methods. The first part of the course is devoted to learning advanced techniques; cartographic design principles for making effective policy-relevant maps, network analysis, raster-based spatial analysis, three-dimensional visualization techniques, and the basics of using ModelBuilder. The second part is a final project of the student’s choosing.

GSI responsibilities: Attend class, lead and/or assist with discussion section(s), grade assignments, and hold office hours. Detailed assignments will be worked out with the instructor.

Required Qualifications: Professionalism (possessing the characteristics of punctuality, dependability, and accountability); Organizational ability and knowledge of GIS technology. Relevant course work, strong academic performance.

Desired Qualifications:  Experience or promise in leading oral discussions, as well as assessing students’ work.

Eligible:  Masters or PhD students in Urban Planning.