All SFU Department of English positions for Sessional Instructors, Teaching Assistants (TAs), and Tutor Markers (TMs) will be posted on this page. They will also be posted on the SFU Human Resources website.
Sessional Instructor Postings
Information about Sessional Instructor postings, practices, and timelines
Please note that all Sessional Instructor positions involve membership in the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU); and are subject to sufficient enrollment in the course, and budgetary authorization. The SFU Department of English follows Article XIV (E.2) of the TSSU-SFU Collective Agreement when hiring Sessional Instructors.
For Fall Semester, Sessional Instructor positions will be posted in the preceding May and advertised for two weeks. For Spring Semester, sessional instructor positions will be posted in the preceding October and advertised for two weeks. For Summer Semester, sessional instructor positions will be posted in the preceding January and advertised for two weeks.
Sessional Instructor Postings - Spring 2022 (1221)
Please address applications to the attention of Prof. Carolyn Lesjak, Chair, Department of English, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6. Please send your complete application package (containing your cover letter and all required documents as listed in the job posting) by email in a single PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org and put Sessional Application Spring 2022 in the email’s subject line. Please be sure to specify which courses you are applying to teach.
Application Deadline: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27th, 2021, by 4:30 PM.
OTHER INFORMATION: The SFU Department of English may interview a short list of candidates. Some qualifications/documents may be waived for graduate students enrolled in the SFU Department of English graduate program.
EQUITY: The University is committed to the principle of equity in employment. (See Policy GP 19.)
The information submitted with an 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 an applicant, evaluate an applicant’s qualifications, and complete the employment process by making a hiring decision. Applicant information may also be disclosed to the TSSU 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.
Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Tutor Markers (TMs)
Information about Teaching Assistant and Tutor Marker postings, timelines, and priorities
For all TA/TM positions, postings shall occur on the Monday of the tenth (10) week prior to the commencement of the semester; when the Monday falls on a statutory holiday or when the University is closed, the next working day shall be used.
Duties and responsibilities of Tutor Markers can be found on Article XV: Distance Education Tutor/Marker in the TSSU Collective Agreement. Please also note that Tutor Markers are expected to invigilate all scheduled exams. Exam schedules can be found on the Centre of Distance Education website.
Priority System for Teaching Assistant and Tutor Marker Allocations
In hiring Teaching Assistants and Tutor Markers, the Department shall give priority to the applicants in the following order:
- Graduate students registered in the Department with priority under XIII F.4.
- Graduate students registered in the Department without priority under XIII F.4.
- Graduate students registered in other departments with priority under XIII.F.4.
- Graduate students registered in other departments without priority under XIII.F.4.
The following detailed priority system for Departmental use in any selection between applicants as outlined in Article XIII, Fand H, will be used to decide which students should get an assignment:
- Full-time MA students not beyond their first four semesters of full-time study who have previously had only one or no TA position.
- PhD students in their first nine semesters of full-time study.
- Full-time MA students not beyond their first six semesters of full-time studies.
- Students with positive student and Instructor TA evaluations. Satisfactory performance as a TA/TM.
- Students with experience in a particular field of study.
- Instructor requests.
- Students in the final phase of degree completion who would benefit from TA/TM funding in completing their degree requirements.
- Students in extreme financial need.