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How to Apply

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. Provide a document that briefly describes how you see your role as a prospective GSI in promoting equity and inclusion, including any practices you might use. Also, include a statement answering what DEI experiences and skills you have that you could integrate into your role as a GSI.

  4. Copy of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial is fine)

  5. Teaching history (list course and department)

  6. 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

Each aspect of the energy system is up for grabs in the transition: the determination of who owns energy resources and can access economic benefits attached to them; the fight for who can generate energy for their own use or their community’s use; and the battle over how energy is distributed, at the local or regional level. - Shalanda Baker, Revolutionary Power (36-37)

Given the legacies of injustice that are foundational to American history, it should not be surprising that similar injustices also prevail within the energy system. Over the next few decades, trillions of dollars in clean energy investments will either reinforce the disparities or will serve as the foundation of a just transition.

Current energy injustices, however, continue to draw little attention. Half of all Black and Latinx households experience some form of energy insecurity; 29% of single mothers who had their energy shutoff during winter 2021-22; households with incomes above $200,000 capture 90% of electric vehicle tax credits.  

This course will provide a framework for understanding multiple dimensions of energy justice and to answer questions such as:  

  • What structures created and perpetuate energy injustices and how have different communities been impacted by these disparities? 

  • What are the extent and consequences of energy injustices today, especially considering health and financial burdens and benefits and access to planning and decision-making processes? 

  • How are communities, practitioners, regulators, and policymakers working to measure and rectify energy injustices?  

  • How will the federal Justice40 initiative and parallel state efforts shape energy justice?
     

This course aims to challenge us as both learners and educators, and we will engage with energy justice personally, intellectually, and in community. The course will emphasize introspection and creating a safe nurturing space for us each to confront our own roles in the energy system and to develop our own capacities to contribute to a just energy transition. We will connect with leading scholars and movement leaders throughout the semester.

The course will offer a range of quantitative, policy, communication, and community organizing tools and approaches, culminating with an option to partner on a project led by a frontline community organization. By the end of the course, we will have strengthened both our abilities and our resolve to make a compelling case for energy justice in academic, community and political spaces. 

Number of Positions: 1 @ 50%

Responsibilities*

GSI Description: The GSI will prep for and attend sessions (MW 10:00 – 11:30); keep weekly office hours; grade three assignments under instructor supervision and track completion of lesser assignments, attendance, and participation. Additionally, the GSI will work with instructor to help define, scope, design, and implement group projects and community opportunities. At the conclusion of the course, the GSI will work with the instructor to make necessary changes for course improvements for future semesters. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Experience working with communities of color / frontline environmental justice communities 

  • Personal commitment to anti-racism, social and environmental justice

  • Prior teaching experience is helpful

  • Knowledge of energy and environmental justice movements and literature 

  • Comfort participating and facilitating in challenging spaces where tensions around race, class, and gender may arise

  • Expertise in one or more of the following skills is beneficial but not required: 

    • Community organizing

    • Data analysis / mapping 

    • Communications / storytelling through narrative, video, podcasting, etc 

    • Policy and regulatory analysis 

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience working with communities of color / frontline environmental justice communities 

  • Personal commitment to anti-racism, social and environmental justice

  • Prior teaching experience is helpful

  • Knowledge of energy and environmental justice movements and literature 

  • Comfort participating and facilitating in challenging spaces where tensions around race, class, and gender may arise

  • Expertise in one or more of the following skills is beneficial but not required: 

    • Community organizing

    • Data analysis / mapping 

    • Communications / storytelling through narrative, video, podcasting, etc 

    • Policy and regulatory analysis 


 

Contact Information

SEAS-financial-aid@umich.edu

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

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 Fellowships and Grants Advisor 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 https://oie.umich.edu/ and for the University Ombuds at https://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 https://spg.umich.edu/policy/601.38 , and its relation to your employment can be found in MOU 10 of your employment contract.

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


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