Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

These postings are updated by SFU's departments. Applicants should make sure that they can meet the departments' requirements and application deadlines. Please apply directly to the department where the job posting is located. Please check your department's job posting website as well.

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FASS Teaching

Sessional Postings

Click on the link below for details about the positions available: 

Fall 2023 Sessional Instructor Position (posted June 13; deadline to apply 5:00 pm June 27, 2023)

TA/TM Postings   

No current postings.

Resources for TAs/TMs/Sessionals

The following links will help you get your medical coverage and other benefits, as well as help you learn how to become a better teacher.


TSSU Hiring Priority

Priority System for TA Appointments

Priority of qualified* applicants to TA and TM positions in FASS is in accordance with Article XIII and Article XV of the Collective Agreement.  In hiring Teaching Assistants (or TM), priority shall be given to applicants in the following order:

(i)              Graduate students registered in the department.

(ii)            Graduate students registered in other departments

(iii)           Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTA) or External Teaching Assistants (ETA).

*Qualifications of an applicant for a position include consideration of the following:

(a) In the case of reappointment, satisfactory performance as a teaching assistant, based on TA ratings on course evaluation forms and by course instructors

(b) 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 appointment with a value equal to at least a 5.17 appointment will have priority for the appointment, after which the department will consider the following:

  1. Suitability for particular courses (e.g. discipline of prior degree(s), publications, experience)
  2. Instructor requests
  3. Amount of financial support
  4. TA preferences
  5. Past TA ratings from employment evaluations.


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

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.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.