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Architecture Graduate Student Instructor positions at Taubman College

Job Description

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 (M.Arch, MSci, MUD, Arch, PhD)
- Expected date of graduation (MM/YYYY)
- Umich email address
- Student ID #
- Position(s) to which you are applying


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.

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 Architecture students only.

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.

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

Arch 528: Integrative Systems II 
Faculty: Kennedy
Positions: Up to 1
Effort: 23.7%

Taught in conjunction with ARCH 562, this course focuses on the principles, performance, and integration of building systems, including, but not limited to structural, environmental, building envelope, lighting mechanical, plumbing, electrical, communication, and horizontal and vertical conveyance systems. Attention is paid to life safety issues, accessibility, security, fire protection systems, and building codes.

GSI Responsibilities:  GSIs will serve as a resource to students for inquiries via email, SLACK and by holding office hours. GSIs will assist in updating and maintaining online course website. The weekly work commitment will average 7.5 to 9.49 hours.

Required qualifications: GPA above 3.0, completion of Arch 527 or equivalent coursework or professional experience for current MArch, MUD or MSDT student

Desired qualifications: Professional experience and / or advanced coursework in building construction systems. Ability to assess students’ work developing drawings and diagrams of building systems and their integration with studio design. Working familiarity with web hosting software (eg. Squarespace, Canvas).

GPA above 3.5, Intelligent, energetic and enthusiastic; interested in working with students, conscientious, well organized, good listening and reading skills; writing skills. Opportunities to develop and deliver select course presentations may be available to qualified GSI candidates.

Eligible: Master or Doctoral students in Architecture, Urban Design, and MS_DMT


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Contact Information

Qiana London, Human Resources Officer
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
The University of Michigan
2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069
734-936-0223 office/734-763-2322 fax

Decision Making Process

We estimate that all positions will be filled, and the applicants notified by December 20, 2022. 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

Applicants will be reviewed by the faculty noted on the job description; in cases where the faculty is TBA the chair will review applications in consultation with faculty who teach in that subject area.  They will review 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.
- Individual faculty may choose to conduct interviews with qualified applicants.

After review of the applicants, Faculty will rank up to four candidates for each GSI position.  In addition to selecting their top applicants, faculty can list those applicants whose qualifications are not sufficient to serve as a GSI in the course. The chair will be responsible for matching faculty and student preferences for final GSI assignments.

Where there are similarly qualified candidates, the preference is for students who have not had an opportunity to be a GSI at Taubman College.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including one booster when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.

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