Graduate Student Instructor Overview
GSIs contribute to our teaching enterprise by working as partners with the faculty members who develop and supervise course offerings. Graduate Student Instructors (GSI) are a very important part of our professional programs. Not only are they responsible for providing classroom or studio instruction in collaboration with one of our faculty members, they also become mentors, advisors, and friends to many students. Being a GSI at Taubman College is an opportunity to learn the subject that they teach thoroughly and also learn about teaching. Indeed, many students discover the rewards of teaching through being a GSI and go on to academic careers.
All Taubman College graduate students are eligible for GSI positions and typically hold those offered within their field of study. The number of positions that is available depends on the program's teaching needs for the particular term. Each GSI appointment provides a full tuition waiver (for any appointment greater than 20%), monthly stipend, and health benefits during the term of appointment.
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.
Only students who have satisfactory academic performance are eligible for a GSI position. Satisfactory academic progress is defined as:
- a 3.0 GPA or above
- 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:
- program (MUP, M.Arch, PhD)
- expected date of graduation (MM/YYYY)
- Umich email address
- Student ID #
- Position(s) you are applying for, listed in ranked order of preference from highest to lowest.
The percentage of effort for each position is outlined in the fraction calculation when the position is offered. GSI and Faculty should check in regularly to ensure that the outline on the fraction calculation accurately reflects the effort.
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.
Architecture applicants will be reviewed by the faculty noted on the job description; in cases where the faculty is TBA the chair will review applications in consultation with faculty who teach in that subject area. Urban and Regional Planning applicants will be reviewed by the chair. They will review the cover letter and resume submitted as part of the application. Selection criteria will include:
- Relevant academic experience
- Academic Standing of 3.0 or more
- Professional and well thought out cover letter stating specific skills, and resume indicating the use of those skills. If the applicant has made email or in-person contact with the faculty member or chair about the GSI position, those communications can be considered as representative of the applicant’s communication style
- Individual faculty may choose to conduct interviews with qualified applicants
After review of the architecture applicants, faculty will rank up to four candidates for each GSI position. In addition to selecting their top applicants, faculty can list those applicants whose qualifications are not sufficient to serve as a GSI in the course.
In both programs the chair will be responsible for matching faculty and student preferences for final GSI assignments.
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.”
The application process has closed for Fall 2020 GSI positions. Check back soon for Winter 2021 postings.