Employment 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.

Assistant Professor in Black Literatures

The Department of English at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a full-time tenure track position at the rank of assistant professor in Black Literatures with a starting date of July 15th, 2023. We encourage applications from candidates with expertise in diasporic Black literatures, hemispheric Black literatures, African American literature, African and African Diasporic literatures, and/or Black Canadian literature. As well, we welcome complementary expertise in decolonial methods, transnational studies, critical race studies, studies of Empire and colonialism, Black feminisms and intersectionality, Black queer studies, Black critical/creative methods, and other relevant approaches. The successful candidate may have the option of joining the burgeoning interdisciplinary community of Black scholars at the university, with opportunities to work closely with campus organizations such as SFU’s Black Caucus and the Black and African Diaspora Institute. As a signatory to the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education, SFU is committed to the principles of Black flourishing, inclusive excellence, mutuality and accountability. We strongly encourage Black applicants to apply.

SFU's three campuses are located on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), and Səlil̓wətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), ), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen peoples, and our students are of diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and national heritages. Recognizing the unceded traditional Coast Salish territories, we aspire to foster and honour Indigenous resurgence as well as a plurality of decolonizing and anti-racist practices. The candidate will join a department committed to a vibrant culture of research and teaching. The English Department has 26 accomplished faculty, over 500 undergraduate majors and minors, and over 60 MA and PhD students working in all areas of English studies, with notable strengths in contemporary Canadian, Indigenous, and diasporic literatures; environmental humanities; creative writing; print culture; and the Digital Humanities. We offer classes on three campuses in the metropolitan Vancouver area, as well as comprehensive distance education courses, joint majors, and opportunities for cooperative education. B.C.’s lower mainland, including the city of Vancouver, is globally renowned for its cosmopolitanism and livability. The region also possesses a rich and longstanding history of Black art, thought, and organizing.

The successful applicant is expected to significantly enhance the Department of English’s research strengths and help sustain the collegial atmosphere within the Department. The teaching load for this position is 2/2, and includes courses at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum and the graduate program. The successful candidate will have a PhD completed by the appointment start date or shortly thereafter.

Applications should include:

  • A letter describing your interest in the position and your qualifications
  • A CV
  • A scholarly publication or other suitable writing sample, such as a dissertation chapter
  • Confidential letters from three references sent under separate cover.

This is a junior faculty position. Only those eligible to be appointed or promoted to the rank will be considered. The position is subject to availability of funding.

Review of complete applications will begin Oct. 26, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. All applications will be treated in confidence. Please submit all applications electronically to Dr. Carolyn Lesjak, Chair, Department of English at englsec@sfu.ca

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.

SFU offers several benefits and services aimed at creating a more inclusive and accessible campus community for faculty, please see the Faculty Relations, Benefits and Service page for more details. SFU is also committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants; if you require accommodations or have questions about SFU benefits, services, accommodations policies, or equity considerations please contact the Specialist, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, in Faculty Relations.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. 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 the Collection Notice.

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 January and advertised for two weeks.


Sessional Instructor Postings - Fall 2022 (1227)

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 Fall 2022 in the email’s subject line. Please be sure to specify which courses you are applying to teach.

Applications are now closed.

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 appointment dates (duration) for the Spring 2023 (1231) semester are January 4, 2023 - April 11th, 2023.

The Spring 2023 TA/TM Application (WebSurvey) can be accessed here: http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/434413054. The survey will remain open until November 7th, 2022.

Questions? Please contact englgrad@sfu.ca

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.