Employment Opportunities

Simon Fraser University has a commitment to employment equity which is outlined in its general policies and objectives (GP 19). SFU Economics shares this commitment and follows these guidelines under its own policy.  The goal of employment equity is to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly. This means that all applicants are assessed based on their skills and qualifications, and care is taken to avoid discriminating against any applicants based on their gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, country of origin, physical ability, age, religion or any other grounds.

Visiting Scholars

Please see this page for current information about the application process for visiting scholars.

TSSU (Sessional Instructors and Teaching Assistants)

Sessional Instructors

Sessional instructor positions are posted mid July for Spring semester, mid November for Summer semester, and mid March for Fall  semester.  Please note that sessional positions are subject to budgetary approval and contingent on enrollment.

Please note that all Sessional Instructor positions involve membership in the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU); and are subject to both sufficient enrollment in the course, and budgetary authorization.  The Department of Economics follows Article XIV (E.2) of the TSSU-SFU Collective Agreement when hiring Sessional Instructors.


Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Tutor Markers (TMs)

TA positions will be posted for 2017 Fall semester on June 26th, please check back.

Priority System for TA Appointments

Priority of qualified* applicants to TA and TM positions in the Department of Economics 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:

(i)              Graduate students registered in the department.

(ii)            Graduate students registered in other departments

(iii)           Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTA) or External Teaching Assistants (ETA).

*Qualifications of an applicant for a position include consideration of the following:

(a) In the case of reappointment, satisfactory performance as a teaching assistant, based on TA ratings on course evaluation forms and by course instructors

(b) Sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material.

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 with a value equal to at least a 5.17 appointment will have priority for the appointment, after which the department will consider the following:

a)                 Suitability for particular courses (e.g. discipline of prior degree(s), publications, experience)

b)                Instructor requests

c)                 Amount 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)                 TA preferences

f)                Past TA ratings from employment evaluations.


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.