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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.


To apply for SEAS GSI positions, visit the following link-

The following application materials combined as one .PDF document will be required-

  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

Title: Renewable Electricity & the Grid

Term: Winter 2020

Instructor: Craig, Michael

Apply by: 10/13/19

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

Course Credits: 3

Course Description: Due to technological advancement and supportive policies, renewable energy technologies like wind and solar power are rapidly growing in the United States and globally. Integrating renewable energy technologies into power systems requires an understanding of generation technologies, the resources they depend on, power system planning and operations, and economics and policy. This course will introduce students to and give them experience working on each of these issues. Projects, problem sets, and readings will reflect various stakeholders’ viewpoints and introduce skills and concepts that renewable energy professionals employ. Lectures and coursework will draw on materials from around the world, but the majority of material will be from the United States. Upon completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge necessary to critically evaluate renewable energy technologies, deployment strategies, and policies, and to succeed in renewable energy-related jobs in utilities, research, and government and nongovernmental organizations. This course will specifically cover the following topics:

  • Renewable generation technologies
  • Renewable resource characteristics
  • Incorporating renewable energy into power system planning and operations
  • Renewable energy markets, economics, policies, and regulations
  • Complementary technologies for renewable energy technologies
  • Challenges of high wind and solar penetrations

Number of Positions: 1 GSI @ 35%


GSI Description: 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*

GSI Minimum Qualifications:

  • SEAS graduate student in good standing.*

First Aid/CPR Required: No

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in energy systems modeling (e.g., unit commitment and dispatch modeling, renewable resource assessment)
  • Energy sector knowledge
  • An understanding of key energy policies 
  • Teaching or tutoring experience
  • Prior completion of the course

Additional Information

For additional information, you may contact the instructor at:


  • 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

Contact Information


Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of fourteen calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the fifteenth day after posting. This opening 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.