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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.

NOTE:  ONLY ACTIVE SEAS STUDENTS WHO ARE ALSO IN GOOD STANDING* ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY.

 

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

https://seas.umich.edu/student-services/financial-aid/funding/gsi-school-environment-and-sustainability-seas

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.

DO NOT UPLOAD MATERIALS INTO eRECRUIT APPLICATION AT THIS STAGE.

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

The goal of this course is to give students a solid grasp of the environmental and social impacts of, and the institutions that govern, energy use, so that you can play a more effective role in shaping future policy or business decisions.  We will begin with basic scientific and technological facts regarding the major uses for and sources of energy. We will then study energy markets (including spot and future markets), and what they are capable of accomplishing; we will also study the ways energy markets may fail. This will lead into an overview of the role of government in influencing energy decisions, starting with a high level perspective, and then working with a series of case studies that examine in depth what government has accomplished in the area of energy policy. The course will wrap up with several current policy/business issues such as renewable portfolio standards, markets for renewable energy credits, and integrating the transportation sector into a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions.

Responsibilities*

The GSI's duties include: attending lectures (MW 4:00 – 5:20 pm); co-piloting online sessions; creating Google forms for class surveys; holding regular office hours (3 hrs/week); maintaining the course's website; posting grades on Canvas; researching/preparing for course related activities; administering two in-class simulation games; grading one midterm exam; developing quizzes; helping to assess student in-class participation; helping to assess final projects; other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

Familiarity with the energy industry; familiarity with intermediate microeconomics. Active SEAS graduate student in good standing.*

Desired Qualifications*

Completion of BE/EAS 527 or equivalent; work experience in the energy industry.

Additional Information

For additional information, you may contact the instructor at: tplyon@umich.edu

Contact Information

SEAS-financial-aid@umich.edu

734/763-4572

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 SEAS-financial-aid@umich.edu 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, genetic information, marital status, familial status, parental status or pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression (whether actual or perceived), 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, medical conditions including those related to pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, arrest record, 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 for Institutional Equity may be found at oie.umich.edu/ and for the University Ombuds at ombuds.umich.edu/


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 their preferred assignment, they 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.


Standard Practice Guide 601.38, Required Disclosure of Felony Charges and/or Felony Convictions applies to all Graduate Student Assistants (GSAs). SPG 601.38 may be accessed online at spg.umich.edu/policy/601.38 , and its relation to your employment can be found in MOU 10 of your employment contract.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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