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Assistant Professor

Applications are now closed. 

The Department of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University, in conjunction with SFU’s new interdisciplinary minor in Social Data Analytics, invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor beginning July 15, 2022. The position is administratively housed in the Department of Philosophy with teaching and service obligations split between Philosophy and the Social Data Analytics Program, two courses per year in each unit.

AOS: Open. AOC: Open. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated capacity for research and teaching at the intersection of philosophy and social data analytics, including teaching the required course SDA 270 Data, Ethics, and Society (for more information, see Possible areas of philosophical specialization include but are not limited to ethics, social and political philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, computing science and artificial intelligence as well as applied research in these areas. Candidates with academic qualifications or relevant training within social data analytics are strongly preferred.

Duties include research, both undergraduate and graduate teaching, supervision of MA students, and administrative service in both Philosophy and the Social Data Analytics Program. The teaching load is 4 courses per year on a trimester system (two courses per semester for two semesters and one research semester). Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent in Philosophy (or other relevant discipline) by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter.

Applicants should submit: a cover letter; c.v.; writing sample; research statement; description and documentation of relevant technical course work, technical certification, or interdisciplinary research experience; and evidence of teaching excellence. Applicants should also arrange for a minimum of three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the search committee. Application materials should be sent as separate pdf documents via email to: Each document should be named: [Lastname]_[type].pdf. (for example: Smith_cv.pdf; Smith_cover.pdf; Smith_writing.pdf; Smith_teaching.pdf). Inquiries about the search may be directed to Endre Begby ( For more information about the Philosophy Department at SFU please visit our website at: Review of applications begins on November 10, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.

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 that 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, specifically 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:

This is an entry level position. Only those eligible to be appointed or promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor will be considered. The position is subject to availability of funding.

Term Lecturer

There are no positions at this time.


Sessional Instructor Positions

Sessional positions are normally posted in October for the Spring semester, in February for the Summer semester and in June for the Fall semester.  These positions are posted on the Human Resources website, on the Philosophy Department's website, and on the bulletin board in the Philosophy Department in the West Mall Centre.  All postings are normally open for two weeks.  

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

There are no positions for Summer 2022


Teaching Assistant Positions

TAships are normally posted in October for the Spring semester,  in February for the Summer semester, and in June for the Fall semester.  These positions are posted on the Human Resources website, and on the Philosophy Department's website. All postings are normally open for two weeks. 

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

Summer 2022 TA Positions (posted Feb. 28;  deadline to apply March 14, 2022)

Summer 2022 TA Positions - new additional PHIL 343 (posted March 28;  deadline to apply April 6, 2022)

TA Priority List for the Department of Philosophy

Please see Policies on Equity and Privacy, below.


Resources for Sessionals and Teaching Assistants

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.

Department of Philosophy course descriptions

Human Resources:  TSSU Member Benefit Plan

TSSU collective agreement

Graduate Student Society:  Graduate Student Benefit Plan

Medical Insurance information for Graduate Student TAs (explains how the benefit plans can work with each other)

TLC:  TA/TM Day/ see other TLC workshops

Graduate Studies:  Professional Development Opportunities

Protection of SFU Data on Mobile Devices - What you must do if you plan to store your students' information (includes student numbers, grades) on a mobile device

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.