faculty associates

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October 1, 2023
Applications close:
November 4, 2023
Next start date:
September 1, 2024

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Faculty Associates (FAs) work closely with faculty members to develop module programs for individual and group instruction, as well as maintain effective liaison between SFU's Faculty of Education and the public schools.

Overview

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Working in pairs, faculty associates (FA) have two primary responsibilities: 

  • The development of their module's program in partnership with a faculty member; and 
  • The supervision of student teachers during the placement and practicum assignments.

FAs also provide individual and group instruction in theory and practice with their module (a small group of up to 32 student teachers) and maintain effective liaison between SFU's Faculty of Education and the public schools.

Please note that FAs may be required to drive considerable distances as the program makes use of placements throughout the lower mainland. 

SUPERVISION OF STUDENT TEACHERS

Supervising student teachers during the placement and practicum stages of the PDP (EDUC 401 and 405) is the shared responsibility of faculty associates (FA) and school associates (SA).

The FA assumes the role of mentor and guide, rather than inspector and judge. Under such supervisory guidance, student teachers are helped to take major steps in their professional development. FAs also help to clarify the responsibilities of the SA who plays a pivotal role in the preparation of student teachers.

FAs are expected to visit schools regularly, deal with a range of challenging supervisory situations and develop open and collegial relationships with teachers and SAs.

BECOMING A FACULTY ASSOCIATE

At SFU, we are dedicated to the development of outstanding teachers—ethically responsible, competent professionals who are committed to preparing children to live as decent, informed, knowledgeable participants in a democratic and pluralistic society.

To support this, the Faculty of Education's Preservice Professional Studies hires approximately 10–12 faculty associates each year. This includes a mix of English- and French-speaking faculty associates. 

The Faculty of Education welcomes applicants who are from a variety of backgrounds that reflect the diversity of Canadian society. If you are interested in learning more about the position, we invite you to attend the next FA information session. 

NEXT INFO SESSION (In-Person) – October 7, 2023

Learn how to become a faculty associate with SFU's Teacher Education programs with the Faculty of Education's Preservice Professional Studies.

About the Experience

SFU's teacher education programs use a unique staffing model, which sees faculty members, seconded school district personnel (faculty associates) and classroom teachers (school associates) work collegially to create the highest quality educational experience for student teachers. FAs are expected to visit schools reglarly, deal with a range of challenging supervisory situations and develop open and collegial relationships with teachers and SAs. Working in pairs, faculty associates (FA) have two primary responsibilities:

The development of their module's program

The development of their module's program in partnership with every faculty member. FAs provide individual and group instruction in theory and practice with their module (a small group of up to 32 students teachers) and maintain effective liaison between SFU's Faculty of Education and public schools.

The supervision of student teachers

The supervision of student teachers during the placement and practicum assignments of the PDP (EDUC 401 and 405) is the shared responsibility of faculty assocates (FA) and school associates (SA). The FA assumes the role of mentor and guide, rather than inspector and judge. Under such supervisory guidance, student teachers are helped to take major steps in their professional development. FAs also help to clarify the responsibilities of the SA who plays a pivotal role in the preparation of student teachers.

"When I went through the PDP I had an amazing experience and I was mentored by some incredible teachers that I learned so much from. Now as a school associate, I love seeing the energy that the student teachers bring into my classroom. They're so excited. It's contagious."

Tami McDiarmid, Faculty Associate Mentee

Selection Criteria

The selection of faculty associates is made based on the following criteria:

  • Normally five years of demonstrated excellence in public school teaching
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team
  • Willingness to examine and refine one's practice
  • Curriculum and instructional needs of the program
  • Sensitivity to equity issues
  • Work experience with adult learners (recommended)
  • Previous school associate experience (recommended)
  • Experience with computer technology (recommended)

Items required for the FA application:

  • TQS card 
  • Official Transcripts 
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume 
  • Referees (they will receive a prompt to upload a reference letter)

Please note that selection for these positions is highly competitive.

Appointments are usually made by mid-March to facilitate a leave of absence with the school district. 

Successful candidates will be required to attend a two-week orientation in mid-August.

Appointments can be extended for up to 3 terms if staffing requirements permit.

Note: For more information about the FA program, contact Amy Wiebe Lau, Program Manager, Professional Programs; Phone: 778-782-4358; Email: pps_program_manager@sfu.ca; Office: EDB 8639

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