The Department of Geography invites applications for the following position(s):
Teaching Assistants | Tutor-Markers
Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU)

All positions have a closing date of January 11th, 2021

Spring 2021 courses will predominantly be delivered via remote instruction. All TAs need to be comfortable working and supporting undergraduate students in an online environment such as Canvas; some courses may require additional qualifications as per the postings below. Please note that training will be available through SFU’s Centre for Educational Excellence and is recommended (overview, TA/TM Day, Remote Teaching Resources for TAs).

Applicants should complete the online application on the Department of Geography website. Please ensure you complete the correct version of the online application:

If you are not able to complete the online application, you may obtain an electronic application form from the Geography Department via email ( and return the completed electronic copy via email to the attention of Erin Huddleston, Graduate Assistant.

In addition to the listed qualifications for each position, the Department of Geography will define qualification in accordance with Article XIII F of the Collective Agreement with the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU). Evaluation of the adequacy of qualifications is at the Chair’s/Director’s discretion. Departments may interview a short list of candidates.  Department of Geography appointment priorities are on the Geography website and posted outside RCB 7123.

Many departments include a wide range of specializations and, in order to be appointed, a person must have sufficient knowledge of the course to interpret the course material. Qualifications for the TA/TM positions in GEOG courses include experience with course subject matter obtained either via successful coursework completed in the area or direct practical experience.  Course subject matter can be found described in the SFU calendar. Qualified TAs/TMs will also have demonstrated proficiency in English communication skills, both oral and written.

Please check the schedule of classes PRIOR to submitting your application.

For questions and inquiries, please email the Graduate Assistant or contact the Manager, Academic and Administrative Services, at 778-782-2558 or

The University is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

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.



GEOG 313 River Geomorphology


Remote Instruction


January 4, 2021 – April 30, 2021


Labs – partial.  


  • Completion of GEOG 313 or comparable coursework in Physical Geography, Environmental Science or Earth Science;
  • knowledge of river hydrology, hydraulics and sediment transport;
  • expertise with plotting and analysis in Excel and aerial photograph interpretation;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to use PowerPoint;
  • intermediate-level experience with R or Matlab preferred.