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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 (M.Arch, MSci, MUD, Arch, PhD)
- expected date of graduation (MM/YYYY)
- Umich email address
- Student ID #
- Position(s) to which you are applying


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.

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

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.

Only students who have satisfactory academic performance are eligible for a GSI position.  Satisfactory academic performance is defined as:

- 3.0 GPA or above
- no more than one outstanding incomplete
- progress toward degree at the rate of 9 or more credits per semester

Course Description

Arch 201 - Basic Drawing
Faculty:  Melissa Harris
Positions: 1
Effort: 23.7%                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Course description: A freehand studio-drawing course limited to pencil and pen. This introductory class concentrates upon seeing, describing, and analyzing form through linear graphic means. Though intended primarily for students considering a design-related career, it is open to students from any discipline wishing to improve their visual literacy. The first half of the course – unbiased toward a particular art – focuses upon understanding the role of line in creating form. Principles of orthographic and perspective projection are introduced in the second half of the semester.
GSI Responsibilities: The GSI participates in the cultivation of student's visual literacy and prepares them for future learning in the design realm, particularly for those interested in the field of Architecture. They will actively participate in the student's understanding of the material taught during class and provide critical response to the work. The GSIs collaboratively grade the student portfolios at the end of the term. GSI will attend class (6 hours per week) and hold office hours (1 hour/week). During class the GSI provides individual roving critique, elaboration by example (often by drawing) of understanding and clarifying daily objectives. As the course builds exercise by exercise, the GSI should have both a long-term view and a grasp of each assignment. Several days prior to classes starting, a 2-3 hour meeting serves to outline the semester.
Prior to class each morning, the GSI is expected to have the technology ready for use. This means arriving to class before it starts. While the students stream in, they might also supervise the pinning up of drawings. Twice there are extended grading periods (varies on size of class, but typically 2-4 hours x 2 per term). In these evaluation sessions, the GSI’s work together and in parallel with the professor assessing, taking notes, recording, and delivering grades and suggestions for improvement to each student individually.
GSI’s are also expected to meet with excused absent students to review missed material. (1 hour/week). Regular meetings with instructor to monitor progress, discuss efficacy, and student concerns should take an hour per week. (.5 hour/week) Weekly work commitment will average 7.5 to 9.49 hours.
Required Qualifications: GPA 3.0 or above; proficiency with freehand studio-drawing, and ability to communicate about design. Please include in cover letter the courses taken relevant to hand drawing.
Desired Qualifications:  GPA 3.5 or above, strong academic record in architectural or art drawing courses.
Eligibility: Masters students in Architecture and Urban Design.
Arch 314- Structures
Faculty:  Peter von Bulow
Positions: up to 5
Effort: 23.7%
Course description: This course covers the basic principles of architectural structures, including:  the influence of geometric, sectional and material properties related to flexure and shear in beam and framed systems; vector mechanics with application to analysis of trusses, catenaries and arches; diagrammatic analysis of beams for bending moment, shear and deflection; as well as they study of structural framing systems for vertical and lateral loads.
GSI Responsibilities: GSIs must attend general course lectures on Mondays and Fridays 9:00 to 10:00 and teach a recitation section on Wednesdays. GSIs are responsible for helping their recitation students with assignments and grading exams and projects. They also provide general support for the course.
GSI Time Allocation:
23.7% appointment Weekly time work commitment 7.5 to 9.49 hours.
attend lectures                         2  hr/wk
prepare recitation                    2  hr/wk
give recitation                           1  hr/wk
attend weekly meeting            1  hr/wk
answer student questions       1  hr/wk
support course development  1  hr/wk
grade exams and projects      1  hr/wk
Required Qualifications: GPA 3.0 or above; Courses or background in architectural or engineering structures; knowledge of structural system analysis and design; good analytic ability – math, physics, basic mechanics. Include a brief CV outlining your experience and qualifications.
Desired Qualifications:  GPA 3.5 or above; Communication skills; organizational ability; instructional experience; computational expertise; comfortable explaining how structures work; experience in construction.
Eligibility: Masters students in Architecture and Urban Design.
Arch 357 – Architecture, Sustainability and the City
Faculty:  Douglas Kelbaugh
Positions: up to 5
Effort: 25%
Course description: This undergraduate survey course is an introduction to design of the built environment, ranging from the building to the city to the metropolis to the country and planet. In addition to Western history, theory and practice of architecture and urban planning, case studies of buildings and cities of different cultures and periods and will be presented to deepen the student’s understanding of the environmental, economic, socio-cultural and aesthetic impacts of design and urbanism. Contemporary problems and opportunities in sustainable architecture and urban design will be considered, including renewable energy, ecological resilience, resource and water conservation, and transportation. Livability, walkability, bikeability and transit, as well as the importance of a vibrant, humane public realm in a healthy, diverse community, will also be studied.
GSI responsibilities: The GSI attends lectures as needed, (2 hours) and is responsible for two weekly discussion sections of approximately 20 students (1 hour prep, 2 hours teaching). The GSI meets students at weekly office hours (1 hour), grading a once-weekly 300-1000 word written response to the readings, and the mid-term and final exam in concert with other GSIs, (4 hours) as well as checking a weekly online posting by the students (1 hour).
Required qualifications: Academic experience in architecture, sustainability and urbanism. History and theory courses in architecture, urban design and planning are helpful, as is experience in energy, environmental and ecological issues is desirable.
Desired qualifications: Experience or promise in leading oral discussions, as well as assessing students’ writings. Completion of Arch 506/UP533 "Sustainable Urbanism and Architecture" is highly desirable. Being a Grader in that course is even more highly desirable.
Eligibility: Masters or PhD students in Architecture 
Arch 515- Sustainable Systems
Faculty: Meredith Miller and Jen Maigret
Positions: up to 7
Effort: 23.7%
Course description: This course will introduce students, aiming to participate in the design of the built environment, to a range of perspectives comprised of theories, manifestoes, tropes, and exemplary practices that will assist in positioning new thinking and design actions within complex terrestrial systems. The course content will span the planetary to the surficial, quantitative and qualitative, theoretical and applied in pursuit of a position from which design might begin to operate with these cascading and networked fields. Weekly readings will be complemented by a set of co-taught lectures and detailed discussion sessions that aim to unpack contemporary positions regarding sustainability.
GSI responsibilities:  attend lectures (2 hours per week), prepare for discussion sections (2 hour per week) and run 1 (one) discussion section (1 hour per week), grade student work (3 hours per week), meet weekly with Instructor (.5 hour per week). Weekly time work commitment 7.5 to 9.49 hours. Work will fluctuate during the term and will peak around major assignment grading, but may also decrease during certain moments of the term.
Required qualifications:  GPA must be above 3.25, Previous completion of ARCH 515 as taught by current instructor (Thun) with a grade of A- or higher. For those applicants who may not have taken this course, demonstrated knowledge of similar grade standing of a course with a comparable thematic range (technical, theoretical and cultural) as exhibited in the ARCH 515 reading list (see F2016 syllabus) Please include in cover letter previous courses taken and grades received related to the contact of this course.
Desired qualifications: GPA 3.50 or above, enthusiasm, intelligence, ambition, organizational skills, analytical skills. Demonstrated design ability to translate theory and or design research into articulate design outcomes (this capacity is important as we are aiming to assist students into translating the historical and theoretical content of the course into design ability).
Submissions: (i) Cover Letter outlining candidate’s abilities, qualifications, relevant previous  experience and reason for interest in the GSI position, (ii) CV complete with GPA status at U-M, GSI selections may be completed without interviews, or where the course instructors are of the opinion that interview are necessary to evaluate a candidate, one may be scheduled.
Eligibility:  Masters or Doctoral students in Architecture.

ELI 530: Academic Speaking and Writing for Architecture and Urban Planning

Faculty:  Theresa Rohlck

Positions: up to 1

Effort: 23.7%

In this course, graduate students learn and practice effective presentation and discussion skills; presentations are videotaped and critiqued individually with the instructor. Participants also practice writing summaries and responses that are integrated with reading and discussion. Materials and assignments are drawn from current discipline-specific topics in other classes. For example, architecture students will present their current studio work (in progress) throughout the semester for feedback; and, readings are chosen from the topics covered in the core courses in Architecture and Urban Planning. 


GSI responsibilities:  GSI attends class sessions and monitors class contributions (3 hours per week). GSI is responsible for facilitating presentation practice (6 hours per week). GSI serves as resources to students in developing effective presentation and discussion skills (2 hours per week), and preliminarily evaluates presentations, summaries and responses throughout the semester (up to 25 hours). Weekly time work commitment 9.50 – 12.49 hours.

Required qualifications: GPA 3.0 or above, strong oral and written communication skills. Experience in leading oral discussions, as well as assessing students’ writings. Demonstration of oral and written Architecture presentation mastery.

Desired qualifications: GPA 3.5 or above

Eligible:  Masters or Doctoral students in Architecture.


Arch 583 – Professional Practice


Positions: up to 1

Effort: 25%

This course surveys essential topics, issues and core competencies in professional practice, including practice management, project management, leadership, client and employee relations, legal responsibilities, collaboration, ethics and professional judgment, community social responsibilities, diversity, and financial considerations. Mainstream and alternative practices are explored in case study discussion and lecture formats.

GSI responsibilities:  GSI attends class sessions and monitors class contributions (3 hours per week). GSI is responsible for grading weekly quizzes in a timely manner (6 hours per week). GSI serves as resources to students in developing firm analyses (2 hours per week), and preliminarily evaluates term papers near the end of semester (up to 25 hours). Weekly time work commitment 9.50 – 12.49 hours.

Required qualifications: GPA above 3.0, completion of Arch 583 with distinction.

Desired qualifications: GPA 3.5 or above, 15 months or more experience in architectural practice setting(s).

Eligible:  Masters or Doctoral students in Architecture.




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Contact Information

Laura J. Brown, Program Assistant
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
The University of Michigan
2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069
734-936-0221 office/734-763-2322 fax

Decision Making Process

We estimate that all positions will be filled, and the applicants notified by May 14, 2018. The percentage of effort for each position is detailed in the posting. Should enrollment warrant, and the GSI agree, a change in percentage is possible. GSI and Faculty should check in regularly to ensure that the outline on the fraction calculation accurately reflects the effort.

Selection Process

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.  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 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. The chair will be responsible for matching faculty and student preferences for final GSI assignments.

Where there are similarly qualified candidates, the preference is for students who have not had an opportunity to be a GSI at Taubman College.

GEO Contract Information

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.

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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 agents(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.

This position, as posted, is subject 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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.