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Prospective GSIs are encouraged to attend a GSI forum that is held each term as the first step in the process. This mechanism will ensure that SEAS students are familiar with the application and selection processes and expectations. SEAS students are encouraged to contact faculty with whom they are interested in teaching.


Please submit the following application materials as one .PDF document to M-Box by copying and pasting this link:  into your browser.  DO NOT UPLOAD MATERIALS INTO eRECRUIT APPLICATION AT THIS STAGE.

  1. A cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications for the position
  2. A resume or curriculum vita
  3. Copy of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial is fine)
  4. Teaching history (list course and department)
  5. Teaching evaluations (if available)

Name the .PDF file as follows:  lastname.firstname.course number. For example:  Doe.John.EAS517.pdf.

Verify your own course schedule against the schedule for the course to which you are applying as a GSI. All GSIs are required to attend the lecture and discussion times as posted.

* An active SEAS student who is also in good standing:

  • is currently enrolled in a SEAS degree program
  • has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • has not completed all of the required credits towards their SEAS MLA, MS, or PhD degree
  • is making satisfactory progress toward completing all of their SEAS degree requirements in a timely manner (i.e., SEAS MS students' time limit is 2 years, SEAS MLA and dual degree students' time limit is 3 years, SEAS PhD students' time limit is 5 years); including approved extensions.

Course Description

EAS 615, job code , MBox

Title:  Renewable Electricity & the Grid

Term:  Winter 2019

Instructor:  Arbabzadeh, Maryam

Apply by: 10/26/18

Prerequisites: Graduate standing, NRE 572, or permission of instructor

Course Credits:  3

Course Description:  Due to technological advancement and supportive policies, renewable energy technologies such as wind turbines and solar panels make up a growing share of the generation mix.  Bringing renewable energy to market requires an understanding of such generation technologies, grid operations and integration, resource availability, and project development. The objective of this course is to aide professional students in the development of skills, practical tools, and a knowledge base useful for careers in the energy sector, spanning project development, utilities, research, government, and environmental non-profits. This course will build an understanding of the technical, economic, and policy issues related to renewable electricity development and grid integration. Projects and problem sets will be structured from the point of view of various stakeholders and intended to introduce skills and concepts that environmental professionals employ. Upon completion of this course, students will have the ability to critically evaluate options for generation development and policies which impact the power sector.


The GSI will assist the instructor in the preparation of course materials and attend two 1.5-hour lectures per week. The GSI will be expected to hold two office hours per week to assist students, help build modeling competency, and to develop additional example problems to help reinforce key concepts. In addition, the GSI will assist in responding to students' e-mail inquiries. Ongoing preparation will include maintaining the Canvas site and making readings available. The GSI will grade problem sets, exams, support the group project, and assist in developing the final exam.

Required Qualifications*

SEAS graduate student in good standing.

First Aid/CPR Required:  No

Desired Qualifications*

(1) Experience in energy systems modeling (e.g., unit commitment and dispatch modeling, renewable resource assessment), (2) energy sector knowledge, (3) an understanding of key energy policies,  (4) teaching or tutoring experience, and (5) prior completion of the course.


Prior Completion of Course Required:  Always very important

Teaching Experience Required:  Always very important

Expertise of Field Work Experience in Subject Matter Required: Always very important

Additional Information

For additional information, you may contact the instructor at:

Contact Information


Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of fourteen calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Decision Making Process

The Associate Dean or his/her designate reviews GSI assignments based on instructor and student preferences. Faculty preferences are heavily weighted in the GSI selection process in order to satisfy course needs. If the matching process changes the rank of the students being selected (especially for courses with multiple GSIs), then the instructor for the course is consulted about these changes. After this, a final review of allocations is made by the Associate Dean.

The Financial Aid Coordinator will notify successful applicants within four to six weeks of the application deadline. Applicants may contact to request feedback on their unsuccessful application.

Selection Process

Instructors have access to their position description and selection criteria along with the applications for their course(s). Instructors review their applications and rank the candidates for each position. In addition to ranking the qualified applicants, instructors may identify applicants as unqualified for the position.

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.

Information for the Office of Institutional Equity may be found at and for the University Ombuds at

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.