Posted: October 24, 2017

The Labour Studies Program invites applications for the following position:

Teaching Assistants & Tutor Markers - Spring 2018

Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU)

DURATION: January 1, 2018 to April 29, 2018       

QUALIFICATIONS:  Sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material.


Please email your application to Sylvia Chow at, or send to the attention of Department Manager, Labour Studies Program, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6

Teaching Assistant/Marker Positions





# of TAs & Groups

Base Units

LBST 101

Introducing Labour Studies

J.H. Harter


1 TA;

3grps x 1hr tutorials



Labour Movements: Contemporary Issues and Images

J.H. Harter


1 Marker (W)


Tutor Marker Position for Distance Education course




LBST 101

Introducing Labour Studies

Kendra Strauss

Base unit assignment dependent upon number of students enrolled.

Note: If a course requires students to submit assignments the traditional way, i.e. in person or by mail, the T/M is required to make their own arrangements to pick up and return assignments in a timely manner and to cover any courier costs if the T/M is located out of town. T/Ms are required to invigilate the midterm and/or final exam in person and, as per the Collective Agreement, T/Ms are required to attend the T/M orientation.


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Application form (fillable PDF)


To apply, please send your application and resume to:

Department Manager

Labour Studies Program

Simon Fraser University

8888 University Drive

Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6

or by email to:  


TA/TM Appointment Priority System for the Labour Studies Program:

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 Tutor Marker is in accordance with Article XV of the Collective Agreement with the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU).

In allocating Teaching Assistant/Tutor-Marker positions, the Department will also take into account the following:

·         Instructor requests;

·         Applicant’s preferences;

·         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.

If an assignment with 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.

SFU is committed to the principle of equity in employment.



Teaching assistants will be required to perform the following duties:

1.                   teach the assigned sections of a course

2.                   ensure that they are adequately prepared for tutorial work by attending lectures and meeting regularly with the instructor and other TAs

3.                   have regular office hours for individual discussions with students

4.                   evaluate students’ performance and progress in the course and, if the instructor so wishes, mark and suggest grades for students’ written and other assignments.

Successful applicants will be informed of their tentative selection as soon as possible after the deadline. Confirmation and appointment will be made by the office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

In particular, please note that:

-          Teaching Assistants lead tutorial groups

-          Markers for W courses are required to provide feedback on student writing that will facilitate improvement to writing skills.


The information submitted with an 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 an applicant, evaluate an applicant’s qualifications, and complete the employment process by making a hiring decision. Applicant information may also be disclosed to the TSSU 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.