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How to Apply

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 (MURP or  URP PhD)
- expected date of graduation (MM/YYYY)
- Umich email address
- Student ID #


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

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.

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 Urban Planning students only.

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

URP 509- Public Economics 

Positions:  up to 2 

Effort: 25%

Faculty: Levine

This is a course in the application of microeconomic modes of reasoning to problems that planners address. The course begins with an overview of the economist's analysis of the relationship between markets and efficiency, including concepts of supply and demand, elasticity, marginalism, opportunity costs, consumer surplus, market competition, and equilibrium. The course then delineates efficiency- and equity-based rationales for planning, and explores how economic modes of thinking can aid in the design of planning interventions to alter market outcomes. This section of the course also considers strengths and weaknesses of both planning and market solutions in various contexts. Finally, the course applies economic modes of thinking to specific planning problems, developing tools of benefit-cost, cost-effectiveness and fiscal impact analysis, together with an exploration into the economics of transportation, pollution, and land use regulation. MUP students lacking previous coursework in microeconomics should enroll in this course; all other MUP students are welcome as well.

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: Academic experience in microeconomics, macroeconomics and Excel. Must have previously taken this course or have been a GSI for this course. 

Desired qualifications: Intelligent, energetic and enthusiastic; interested in working with students, conscientious, well organized, good listening and reading skills; writing skills.

Eligible:  Masters or PhD students in Urban Planning.


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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 the position will be filled, and the applicants notified by August 23, 2019. 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.

Selection Process

The chair of the Urban Planning program will review applicants. The review will include 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.
- The chair will be responsible for matching faculty and student preferences for final GSI assignments. 

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.