Types of Appointments and Processes




Canada Research Chairs

Associate Chairs/Directors

Acting Chairs/Directors


Faculty Teaching Fellows

Adjunct Professors and Associate Members

Chairs, Fellowships, and Professorships

Librarian/Archivist Faculty

Associates and Coordinators in Education

Grant Tenure

Practitioner Faculty

Other Academic-
Administrative Appointments

Modified Appointments

Teaching Faculty

Overload Teaching Contracts

Tenure-Track Faculty  

Post Retirement Appointments

University Professorships


Term Faculty



Term Librarian/Archivist Faculty



University Research Associates



Visiting Faculty

Referee/Reference Letters  - Authentication for Appointments and Renewal Tenure and Promotion (RTP) Process

  • Original signed Reference or Referee letters are preferred, but not necessary to proceed with the appointments of faculty at SFU and for RTP review.
  • The obligation to determine the authenticity of the referee/reference and their signature is now the responsibility of the Dean, and/or Chair/Director.  
  • If the Dean and/or Chair/Director are satisfied that the referee/reference letter is from the "referee"/"reference", even if the signature is electronic, then the letter will be acceptable to us for RTP reviews, Chair and Professor appointments and renewals, and appointments to university positions.
  • The exception will be for Canada Research Chairs and LEEF appointments and renewals, where original, signed letters will still be required.