The School of Criminology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University invites applications for the BC Notaries Chair in Applied Legal Studies. The successful incumbent will hold a term (non-continuing) faculty appointment at the rank of Professor for a five year-term, and will serve as the Director of the Master of Arts in Applied Legal Studies, with attendant teaching, research and service responsibilities,. The preferred starting date is July 1, 2019. This position is currently housed in the School of Criminology.


DUTIES: The Chair will serve as Director of the Master of Arts in Applied Legal Studies Program. As Director, and in conjunction with the program steering committee, the Chair will oversee the hiring and management of instructors; develop and approve new courses; direct the 15-month applied legal studies graduate program (including the organization and implementation of the final examination process); and coordinate the online portion of the program in partnership with the Centre for Online and Distance Education. The Chair will promote community engagement (such as organizing and/or delivering public seminars, workshops and/or conferences on topics central to the role of Notaries Public). The Chair will also teach up to two courses in applied legal studies in each academic year; liaise with the Society of Notaries Public of BC and other relevant bodies as appropriate; and undertake research in the field of applied legal studies. The Chair holder will also be expected to fulfill service responsibilities to the School of Criminology, the university at large, and the wider academic community.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate must demonstrate excellence in research, teaching and program administration, and will preferably be a specialist in applied legal studies issues, such as the law affecting real and personal property, contracts, the provision of legal services by notaries, and incapacity and personal planning (e.g. wills and estates), and/or new issues of local and national importance. The successful candidate will hold a research-based graduate degree in law, preferably a PhD. The candidate will be expected to conduct research at the highest national level. All applicants must have a strong publication record, providing evidence of excellence in research of the highest national caliber, and strong endorsements by referees of high standing. Excellence in teaching can be demonstrated by teaching accomplishments highlighted as part of the application, highly positive teaching evaluations, strong endorsements from referees, and evidence of strong communication and expository skills. The successful candidate should have program administration experience. The successful candidate should also hold, or be eligible to hold the rank of Full Professor.

NOTE: SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

This is a senior level position (expected to hold the rank of Full Professor). Only those holding or those eligible to be promoted to the rank will be considered. The position is subject to availability of funding.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Under the authority of the University Act personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/Faculty_Openings/Collection_Notice.html

APPLICATIONS: Applications will be reviewed starting May 1 and accepted until June 1. E-mail applications and attachments will be treated in confidence and should be sent with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and contact information of six references, a teaching dossier, and a sample publication, to the Director of the School of Criminology at: crim_jobs@sfu.ca Supplementary material too large to e-mail may be forwarded in hard copy to:

Professor David MacAlister

Director, School of Criminology

Simon Fraser University

8888 University Drive

Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6



Sessional positions are generally posted in February for Summer semester, June for Fall semester, and October for Spring semester. Please note that sessional positions are subject to budgetary approval and contingent on enrollment.


Teaching Assistant/Tutor-Marker Positions

In order to be appointed a person must have sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material, competency in oral and written English, and willingness to undertake some specific course designation training sessions.  Students interested in Teaching Assistant or Tutor-Marker positions should inquire about training sessions. 

Students must complete and submit the TA/TM application form by the posted deadline to be considered for a position. 


Appointment Duration: May 1, 2019 to August 27, 2019

Application Deadline: 

To Apply:


  • All TA/TM positions are dependent on course enrollments and are subject to budgetary approval.
  • TM (CODE) positions can be less than 5BU.
  • Course schedules can be verified via the Student Information System.
  • Do not double-book yourself by applying to positions that conflict with courses that you will enroll in.
  • TAs must be available for all lectures, tutorials and exam invigilation.  TM positions may require onsite exam invigilation. 

Summer 2019 TA/TM Course List

TA/TM Appointment Priorities

In allocating Teaching Assistant/Tutor-Marker positions, the School of Criminology will also take into account any or all of the following:

1. Suitability for particular courses (e.g. discipline of prior degree(s), publications, experience, instructor preference);

2. Applicant’s preferences.

If an assignment within a priority group requires a selection between applicants, the graduate student without financial support from merit based scholarships or merit based fellowships during the semester of appointment will have priority for the appointment.

In accordance with the Collective Agreement, the assignment given a Teaching Assistant/Tutor-Marker will not normally be fewer than three (3) or more than seven (7) base units, although it is not possible for the School of Criminology to guarantee applicants an appointment to a particular course and/or to a particular number of tutorials in any given semester.


Resources for TAs/TMs/Sessionals

The following links will help you get your medical coverage and other benefits, as well as help you learn how to become a better teacher.


The University is committed to the principle of equity in employment. (See Policy GP 19.)

The information submitted with your application is collected under the authority of the University Act (R.S.B.C. 1996, c.468, s. 27(4)(a)), applicable federal and provincial employment regulations and requirements, the University's non-academic employment policies and applicable collective agreements.

The information is related directly to and needed by the University to initiate the employment application process. The information will be used to contact references supplied by you, evaluate your qualifications and complete the employment process by making a hiring decision. Applicant information may also be disclosed to the Teaching Support Staff Union in accordance with Article XIII F.3.1.b of the Collective Agreement.

If you have any questions about the collection, use and disclosure of this information please contact the Associate VP, Human Resources, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6. Telephone 778-782-3237.