Normal Posting Practices and Timelines for Sessional Instructor Positions
The Department of Psychology posts sessional instructor positions approximately 8 months before the start of the semester whenever possible, although occasionally positions are posted closer to the start of the semester when last minute teaching changes occur.
Priority System for TA/TM Appointments
Department of Psychology & Cognitive Science Program
September 26, 2016
Priority of qualified applicants to TA and TM positions in the Department of Psychology & the Cognitive Science Program is in accordance with Article XIII and Article XV of the Collective Agreement. In hiring Teaching Assistants (or TM), priority shall be given to applicants in the following order:
In hiring teaching assistants, priority for appointment will be given to applicants in the following order:
a. Graduate students registered in the department .
b. Qualified Graduate students registered in other departments.
c. Currently registered Honors students.
d. External and/or Undergraduate applicants.
Note: Graduate students new to SFU, admitted to either the PSYCH MA or Ph.D. program will have priority for Introductory Psychology TA assignments.
Detailed Priority System:
a. Applicant & Instructor Preference
b. Expertise in the subject matter/area
c. Dollar value of financial support offered at the time of admission
d. Number of base units already received to ensure sufficient teaching-related experience in her/his field of study.
e. Past TA ratings from employment evaluations
f. Previous teaching experience
g. Funding for RAships , practica & internships
If an assignment within a priority group requires a selection between applicants, the graduate student without financial support from merit based scholarships or fellowships with a value equal to at least 5.17 base units, will have priority for the appointment.