All SFU Department of English positions for Sessional Instructors, Teaching Assistants (TAs), and Tutor Markers (TMs) will also be posted on the SFU Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Central Job Postings Site.
Sessional Instructor Postings
Information about Sessional Instructor postings, practices, and timelines
Please note that all Sessional Instructor positions involve membership in the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU); and are subject to both sufficient enrollment in the course, and budgetary authorization. The SFU Department of English follows Article XIV (E.2) of the TSSU-SFU Collective Agreement, when hiring Sessional Instructors.
For Fall Semester, sessional instructor positions will be advertised for two weeks in the preceding May. For Spring Semester, sessional instructor positions will be advertised for two weeks in the preceding September. For Summer Semester, sessional instructor positions will be advertised for two weeks in the preceding January.
Sessional Instructor Postings - Spring 2020 (1201)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and put Sessional Application Spring 2020 in the email’s subject line. Please be sure to specify which courses you are applying to teach.
Application Deadline: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019, by 4:30 PM.
Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Tutor Markers (TMs)
Information about Teaching Assistant and Tutor Marker postings, timelines, and priorities
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. Exam schedules can be found on the Centre of Distance Education website.
TA/TM Postings - Spring 2020 (1201)
Please note: TA/TM assignment appointment dates (duration) for the Spring semester are
January 3, 2020 - April 30, 2020.
TAships and TMship positions are posted on the Monday of the tenth week prior to the start of the term (i.e. in March, July, and November).
These are the TA/TM categories:
GTA1 (a student registered at SFU for a master's degree or as a qualifying student for a master's program)
GTA2 (a student registered at SFU for a doctoral degree or as a qualifying student for a doctoral program)
ETA (a person who is not otherwise a full-time employee of SFU and who is not a student in either of the categories referred to above; must have expertise specific to the courses and some teaching experience)
Please note that these positions are subject to budgetary approval and contingent on enrollment.
Department Priorities in Appointments of TAs and TMs
Because the number of TAs and TMs in any one semester is tied to enrollment, and to the University's budget, appointments can be made only one semester at a time; however, every effort is made to see that students receive the maximum level of support.
The Graduate Chair assigns teaching assistants (TAs/TMs) to courses. Course
In order to be appointed, a person must have sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material.
Priority System for Teaching Assistant and Tutor Marker Allocations
Priority for appointment/reappointment as a Teaching Assistant is in accordance with Article XIII of the Collective Agreement with the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU).
Priority for appointment/reappointment as a Teaching Assistant is in accordance with Article XV of the Collective Agreement with the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU). In allocating Teaching Assistant/Tutor-Maker positions, the Department of English considers the following:
- Instructor requests;
- Applicant’s preferences;
- Amount of financial support offered on admission to the graduate program;
- Suitability for particular courses (e.g. discipline of prior degree(s), publications, experience);
- Employment evaluations;
- Number of base units already received to ensure sufficient teaching-related experience in her/his field of study; priority goes to applicants who have received fewer teaching assignments.
According to the TSSU Collective Agreement Article XIII, section B: In order to be appointed, a person must have sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material.
If an assignment within a priority group requires a selection between applicants, the graduate student without financial support from merit-based scholarships or merit-based fellowships during the semester of appointment with a value equal to at least a 5.17 appointment, will have priority for the assignment.
Graduate Program Course Information
Please complete and submit the Spring 2020 TA/TM Application (WebSurvey) by going to this link and logging in:
Please submit your applications by the deadline: Tuesday, NOVEMBER 12, 2019
(WebSurvey link will be posted and made available here on Monday, October 28, 2019.)
OTHER 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.
EQUITY: 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 778-782-3237.