Sessional positions are generally posted end of September for Spring semester, end of January for Summer semester, and end of May for Fall semester.
Please note that all Sessional Instructor positions are in the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU); and are subject to sufficient enrollment, and FINAL budgetary authorization. The Department of English follows Article XIV (E.2) of the TSSU-SFU Collective Agreement, when hiring Sessional Instructors.
Please note: TA/TM assignment appointment dates (duration) for the Fall semester are
September 1, 2017 - December 22, 2017.
Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Tutor Markers (TMs)
TAships and TMship positions are posted eight weeks prior to each semester begin (i.e. in March, July, and November).
These are the TA/TM categories:
GTA1 (a student registered at SFU for a master's degree or as a qualifying student for a master's program)
GTA2 (a student registered at SFU for a doctoral degree or as a qualifying student for a doctoral program)
ETA (a person who is not otherwise a full-time employee of SFU and who is not a student in either of the categories referred to above; must have expertise specific to the courses and some teaching experience)
Please note that these positions are subject to budgetary approval and contingent on enrollment.
Department Priorities in Appointments of TAs and TMs
Because the number of TAs and TMs in any one semester is tied to enrollment, and to the University's budget, appointments can be made only one semester at a time; however, every effort is made to see that students receive the maximum level of support.
The Graduate Chair assigns teaching assistants (TAs/TMs) to courses. Course
In order to be appointed, a person must have sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course matierial.
Priority System for Teaching Assistant and Tutor Marker Allocations
Priority for appointment/reappointment as a Teaching Assistant is in accordance with Article XIII of the Collective Agreement with the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU).
Priority for appointment/reappointment as a Teaching Assistant is in accordance with Article XV of the Collective Agreement with the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU). In allocating Teaching Assistant/Tutor-Maker positions, the Department of English considers the following:
- Instructor requests;
- Applicant’s preferences;
- Amount of financial support offered on admission to the graduate program;
- Suitability for particular courses (e.g. discipline of prior degree(s), publications, experience);
- Employment evaluations;
- Number of base units already received to ensure sufficient teaching-related experience in her/his field of study; priority goes to applicants who have received fewer teaching assignments.
According to the TSSU Collective Agreement Article XIII, section B: In order to be appointed, a person must have 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 appintment with a value equal to at least a 5.17 appointment, will have priority for the assignment.
Graduate Program Course Information
TA/TM Application Form for Fall 2017