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A Cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Who We Are

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a diverse learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

Ross is consistently ranked among the world's leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the BBA, MBA, Part-time MBA (Evening and Weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open-enrollment and custom executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management.

Course Description

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business Department of Marketing at the University of Michigan invites applicants to apply for a 25% GSI appointment for BE401 Economics of Sustainability for the Fall 2019 term.

We all want a sustainable world, but sustainability can seem overwhelmingly complex—protecting rainforests, saving endangered species, conserving resources, preventing climate change, switching to renewable energy, supporting the livelihoods of indigenous people and more.  Are there underlying principles that unify all of these elements?  Does sustainability require giving up airplanes and hamburgers?  Is there such a thing as a sustainable company, or is sustainability inherently about whole ecosystems?  Are there metrics that can help investors and consumers identify sustainable companies?  Fortunately economics offers a unified framework and a powerful set of tools for thinking about these big, tough questions.  In this course, we will develop a long-term perspective on what sustainable growth means at the planetary level, and explore the ethical underpinnings of sustainability.  We’ll examine when human-made resources can substitute for natural resources, and when natural resources are unique and must be protected.  We will delve into the role of public policy in supporting sustainability.  Finally, we will investigate what it might mean for a company to be sustainable, which environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics best capture corporate sustainability, and how business can help create a sustainable world.


Duties in this position include, but are not limited to monitoring and evaluating class participation, participating in weekly staff meetings, holding office hours, helping to manage the Canvas site for the class, holding review sessions for exams, grading assignments, and other duties as outlined on the fraction calculation form. 

Required Qualifications*

Currently enrolled as a graduate student in good standing at the University of Michigan.  Minimum GPA of 3.25 expected.  At least one course in microeconomics, preferably at the intermediate level. 

Desired Qualifications*

Previous coursework in microeconomics is highly desirable, especially coverage of natural resource and environmental economics.  Comfort with supply/demand analysis, net present value calculations, discounting, market failures, and basic game theory are all very helpful.

Work experience in a position dealing with sustainability is also highly desirable. 

Additional Information

Michigan Ross values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We are committed to the development of diverse and culturally intelligent staff who thrive and contribute to a positive and inclusive environment.


The statements included in this description are intended to reflect the general nature and level of work assigned to this classification and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Contact Information

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Decision Making Process

The posting will remain open until 04/19/2019, 14 calendar days. Decisions will be made based on relevant academic preparation for teaching course material and relevance to graduate student training and previous teaching. 

Selection Process

Complete applications received by the due date will be reviewed by the instructor.  The department will make a reasonable effort to extend an offer to the successful applicant by 5/3/2019.  A signed offer letter and fraction forms should be returned within seven business days of the actual offer date.

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.