Faculty Positions

The J. S. Woodsworth Chair in Humanities

The J. S. Woodsworth Chair in Humanities in the Department of Global Humanities at Simon Fraser University (SFU) was established to honour the legacy and spirit of James Shaver Woodsworth, a founder of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation in 1932, forerunner of today’s New Democratic Party. The Woodsworth legacy is tied not to specific projects or themes, but rather to moral courage, social sympathies, passion for truth, and intellectual pioneering in the pursuit of social progress, education, and empowerment. This academic appointment will involve teaching, research and, particularly, community engagement in close collaboration with the Institute for the Humanities.  In this capacity, the Chair-holder will: a) be expected to include a community development dimension within the range of their activities; b) play an active role in public programming; and c) support activities that contribute to the quality of the educational environment at SFU.

The Department of Global Humanities is an interdisciplinary unit that includes specialists in Classics, Early Christianity, Byzantine and Renaissance Studies, East-Asian Religions, Chinese and European literature, and Critical Theory.  The Department is increasingly interested in non-Western traditions of thought and culture, including Indigenous traditions.  

The Department of Global Humanities is seeking a candidate for this appointment with expertise and publications in the field of critical and comparative approaches to some combination of economic, environmental, and social justice and social movements; labour history and movements; Western, Eastern, and Indigenous modes of spiritual and ethical philosophy. 

The appointment shall be at the Associate or Full Professor rank, and applicants should have a doctorate or equivalent, a strong record of effective teaching, scholarly excellence as well as experience in addressing public audiences.   The Chair-holder will typically teach three courses per year, including the J. S. Woodsworth seminar, and engage in other scholarly and public activities. 

Simon Fraser University will appoint and, as applicable, renew the J. S. Woodsworth Chair appointment in accordance with current SFUFA/SFU Collective Agreement articles and university policies and procedures. Appointment to the Chair will be for a five (5) year term, renewable, or period prescribed by applicable SFUFA/SFU Collective Agreement articles and university policies.

Applicants should forward a curriculum vitae, a statement of interest and six letters of reference to applyjsw@sfu.ca by August 31, 2022.

The goal of employment equity at Simon Fraser University is to ensure that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications, such as gender or race. Consistent with this principle, the University will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the workforce, specifically aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and women (the designated groups); ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat equitably all employees.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty staff and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, including Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice

Sessionals, Teaching Assistants and Tutor Markers

All Sessional Instructor (SI), Teaching Assistant (TA), and Tutor Marker (TM) positions will be posted on the Human Resources Website.

Sessional Instructors

Sessional positions are generally posted on the Human Resources Website in mid-October for the Spring term, mid-February for the Summer term, and mid-May for the Fall term. 

All Sessional Instructor positions are regulated by Article XIV of the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU)-SFU Collective Agreement

Fall 2022 SI postings:

Course #       Course Name Location Closing Date
HUM 227-3 OL01 - History of Greek Civilization Online June 9, 2022
HUM 231-3 D100 - Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome  Burnaby June 9, 2022

Dates for Summer 2022 TA/TM hires

Job postings up by: February 28, 2022
Appointment dates:  May 9, 2022 - August 31, 2022
Application deadline: March 14, 2022

Course #  Course Name Location    Closing Date    TA/TM   
HUM 102W - D100 Classical Mythology Online March 14, 2022 TA x 1
HUM 130 - OL01 Intro to Religious Studies Online March 14, 2022 TA X 1

*Please note that "W" courses entail an increased workload and receive an extra base-unit remuneration to reflect this.

Articles XIII (A) and XV (A) of the TSSU-SFU Collective Agreement list four TA/TM categories:

  1. Graduate Teaching Assistant 1 (GTA 1). A GTA 1 must be registered at Simon Fraser University for a master's degree or as a qualifying student for a master's program.
  2. Graduate Teaching Assistant 2 (GTA 2). A GTA 2 must be registered at Simon Fraser University for a doctoral degree or as a qualifying student for a doctoral program.
  3. Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA). A UTA must be registered at Simon Fraser University in a program leading to teacher certification, a diploma or a bachelor's degree.
  4. External Teaching Assistant (ETA). An ETA is a person who is not otherwise a full-time employee of the University and who is not a student in any of the categories referred to in a, b or c above.

The Department Chair assigns TAs/TMs to courses based on necessity dictated by enrolment numbers. All posted positions are subject to change based on enrolment and budgetary authorization.

Priority of qualified applicants to TA and TM positions in the Department of Humanities is in accordance with Article XIII and Article XV of the TSSU-SFU Collective Agreement. In hiring TAs or TMs, the Department of Humanities considers the following applicants:

  1. Graduate students registered in the department
  2. Qualified SFU graduate students registered in other departments
  3. External and/or undergraduate applicants

Note: Graduate students new to SFU, admitted to either the HUM MA or GLS MA or PhD programs will have priority for Introductory Humanities TA/TM assignments. 

Detailed Priority Criteria:

  1. Applicant & Instructor Preference
  2. 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.
  3. Dollar value of financial support offered at the time of admission.
  4. Number of base units already received to ensure sufficient teaching-related experience in the field of study.
  5. Past ratings from TA evaluations.
  6. Other previous teaching experience.
  7. Funding for RAships, practicums, and internships.

Note: If an assignment within a priority group requires a selection between applicants, the graduate student without financial support from merit-based scholarships or fellowships with a value equal to at least 5.17 base units, will have priority for the appointment.


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.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.