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Urban 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 (MUP 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.

We estimate that all positions will be filled, and the applicants notified by May 13, 2016. 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 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 2017 GSI Positions

Job Opening ID - 133036

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Urban Planning Graduate Student Instructor positions at Taubman College

UP 504 – Quantitative Planning Methods II

Positions: up to 1
Effort: 25%-35%

This course introduces students to quantitative methods commonly used in planning practice and urban research.  It includes extensive practice with spreadsheet-based tools to manipulate and analyze data, as well as the synthesis of data for policy formulation and analysis.  The course also includes an introduction to various data sources commonly utilized in planning practice, such as data from the US Census.  Analytic approaches include demographic analysis, population forecasting, multivariate regression, and graphic data presentation.  The emphasis is on methods in the context of planning practice and urban policy research, and employing data judiciously to support specific policy arguments.

GSI responsibilities: The GSI will attend lectures (3 hours weekly), attend planning meetings (2 hours weekly), and grade and otherwise provide feedback on regular assignments (8-10 hours weekly).  Weekly time commitment will be between 12-15 hours per week. 

Required qualifications: High level of knowledge of introductory statistics; Experience with quantitative analysis of data and spreadsheet software; Familiarity with the US Census and other commonly used planning data sources.  High-quality and succinct written English as demonstrated through a professional writing sample of 2-5 pages in length.

Desired qualifications: Prior relevant course work, strong academic performance, enthusiastic, conscientious, well organized, active listening skills, writing skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Basic understanding of research design and/or experience with multivariate regression in an applied context. Preference is given to students who have successfully completed UP 504 in a prior term.

Eligible: Masters or PhD students in Urban Planning.

UP505 – Fundamentals of Planning Practice

Positions: up to 1
Effort: 25%-35% 

Students are introduced to planning practice by generating a complete master plan during the course of the semester. The class teaches techniques associated with problem identification, assessment of issues, and formulation and articulation of final recommendations. There is an emphasis on strong written, graphic, and oral communication skills as a basis for critiquing class performance.

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 and analytical ability.  Strong written, graphic and oral communication skills. Relevant course work, strong academic performance.

Desired qualifications: Experience or promise in leading oral discussions, as well as assessing students’ work. Preference is given to students who have successfully completed UP 505 in a prior term.

Eligible: Masters or PhD students in Urban Planning.

UP 506 - Introduction to GIS

Positions: up to 1 position
Effort: 25%-35% 

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. Preference is given to students who have successfully completed UP 506 or a comparable course in a prior term.

Eligible: Masters or PhD students in Urban Planning.

UP 513 – Legal Aspects of the Planning Process

Positions: up to 1 position
Effort: 35%

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 principle focus of this course will be on the relationships between planning as a public policymaking process and the laws that authorize, are used to implement, and constrain planning initiatives.

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 the legal aspects of urban planning. Relevant course work, strong academic performance.

Desired qualifications: Experience or promise in leading oral discussions, as well as assessing students’ work. Preference is given to students who have successfully completed UP 513 in a prior term.

Eligible: Masters or PhD students in Urban Planning.