Employment

Central Job Postings Site

All Sessional Instructor, Teaching Assistant (TA) and Tutor Marker (TM) positions will be posted on the Central Job Postings Site.

Sessionals

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 enrolments are used to determine the number of TAs required.

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.

* 1177GraduateStudentCourseInfoWithTMshipsAndSurrey.xlsx
Graduate Course Schedule for Fall 2017
* 1177 TATM Application Form-rev.pdf
TA/TM Application Form for Fall 2017

Policies

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

Privacy
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.a (iv) 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.