Job Postings

Faculty Positions

The Department of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, depending on qualifications.  The expected start date is July 1, 2023.  Area of specialization (AOS): History of Philosophy, broadly construed to include any philosophical tradition.  Area of competence (AOC): open, but the ability to teach a range of courses in our curriculum is desirable.  Duties include research, both undergraduate and graduate teaching, supervision of MA students, and administrative service.  The normal teaching load is 2/2 (two courses per semester for two 13-week semesters). For more information about the Philosophy Department at SFU please visit our website at:

Excellence in research and teaching are the primary criteria for this position.  The candidates will, depending on rank, have developed or demonstrate the potential for developing:

  • a strong record of research productivity commensurate with their experience;
  • a successful research program;
  • excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level;
  • successful supervision of graduate (masters-level) students.

Appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, depending on qualifications. Assistant Professor is considered a junior faculty position; candidates must have completed their PhD in Philosophy or equivalent by the start date of appointment or shortly thereafter; only those eligible to be appointed or promoted to the rank will be considered.  For Associate Professor, only those holding or expected to hold the rank at the start of the employment will be considered.

Applicants must submit: a cover letter, CV, writing sample, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Please indicate which rank you are applying for in the application.  Please provide the names and contact details of three confidential references that the search committee can contact, or arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent.  Application materials should be sent as separate pdf documents via email to: Inquiries about the search may be directed to Evan Tiffany (

Preference will be given to applications received by November 15, 2022. The position is subject to availability of funding.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who may contribute the further diversification of the university.


We respectfully acknowledges the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen peoples on whose unceded traditional territories our three campuses reside.

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:

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: 

Fall 2023 Sessional Position  - (to be posted June 2023)

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 2023 TA Positions (posted Feb. 27; deadline to apply 6:00 pm March 13, 2023)

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.