Employment and funding opportunities

All SFU Department of English positions for Sessional Instructors, Teaching Assistants (TAs), and Tutor Markers (TMs) will be posted on this page. They will also be posted on the SFU Human Resources website.

Sessional Instructor Postings

Please note that all Sessional Instructor positions involve membership in the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU); and are subject to sufficient enrollment in the course, and FINAL budgetary authorization. The SFU Department of English follows Article XIV (E.2) of the TSSU-SFU Collective Agreement when hiring Sessional Instructors.

For fall term, Sessional Instructor positions will be posted in the preceding May and advertised for two weeks. For spring term, sessional instructor positions will be posted in the preceding October and advertised for two weeks. For summer term, sessional instructor positions will be posted in the preceding February and advertised for two weeks.


Sessional Instructor Postings - Summer 2023 (1234)

Please address applications to the attention of Prof. Carolyn Lesjak, Chair, Department of English, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6. Please send your complete application package (containing your cover letter and all required documents as listed in the job posting) by email in a single PDF document to englgen@sfu.ca and put Sessional Application Summer 2023 in the email’s subject line. Please be sure to specify which courses you are applying to teach.

Applications are due by Tuesday, April 18th, at 4:30pm.

Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Tutor Markers (TMs)

For all TA/TM positions, postings shall occur on the Monday of the tenth (10) week prior to the commencement of the semester; when the Monday falls on a statutory holiday or when the University is closed, the next working day shall be used. 

Duties and responsibilities of Tutor Markers can be found on Article XV: Distance Education Tutor/Marker in the TSSU Collective Agreement. Please also note that Tutor Markers are expected to invigilate all scheduled exams.

Please note: TA/TM appointments for the Summer 2023 (1234) semester begin May 8th, 2023. Summer term classes run from May 8, 2023 – August 4, 2023. Please note you may be required to inviglate exams during the exam period. The exam period for the summer term begins August 8, 2023 and ends on August 18, 2023.

The Summer 2023 TA/TM Application (Websurvey) can be accessed here 
http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/442643102 on Monday, February 27th, 2023. The survey will remain open until Monday, March 13th, 2023.  


The Charles Olson Award in English, valued at $2,000, supports an individual whose research interests or publication plans involve study of the Charles Olson collection in SFU Library's Special Collections. Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, and external applicants are eligible for this award.

The Charles Olson Endowment Fund, established in 2011 with a generous founding gift from Ralph Maud and matching funds from the English Department, supports the Charles Olson Award in English.

Applicants for the Award will provide a brief proposal outlining the nature of their research on the Charles Olson holdings in the Contemporary Literature Collection, and a CV.

Applications are due May 15th, and should be addressed to:

Olson Award Committee
c/o Chair, Department of English
Email: englsec@sfu.ca

Learn more about the Charles Olson Endowment Fund.

Additional information

The SFU Department of English may interview a short list of candidates. Some qualifications/documents may be waived for graduate students enrolled in the SFU Department of English graduate program.


The University is committed to the principle of equity in employment. (See Policy GP 19.)


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: 1 778-782-3237.