Full-time Continuing Lecturer Position

The Department of English at Simon Fraser University invites applications for an entry-level, full-time, continuing teaching faculty position at the rank of Lecturer beginning as early as July 15, 2021. Qualifications for this position include a PhD in English completed by or shortly after the appointment start date, with a preference for a PhD in Composition and Rhetoric or a related field.

SFU is a university located on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛəm), and Səlil̓wətaɬ (Tsleil-Watuth) nations that serves students of diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and national origins. By 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.

We invite applicants with a background in Writing Studies and interests that might include, but are not limited to: language standardization and exclusion, linguistic diversity, post-colonial and world Englishes, language ideologies in the writing classroom, minority rhetorics and literacy practices, Indigenous perspectives on rhetoric, and linguistic racism. Candidates with demonstrable interests in the relationships among language and identity, rhetoric and race, writing and intersectionality, and/or pedagogy and decolonization are strongly urged to apply. Experience in any of the following areas is a plus: professional writing, technology and writing, applied linguistics, rhetorical theory, second language writing.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach “Writing to Persuade” (English 199), the Department’s introduction to reading and writing from a rhetorical perspective. In addition to English 199, the candidate will develop and teach lower- and upper-division undergraduate courses. They will bring expertise in innovative approaches to teaching both in-person and online that support and enhance student learning and success. Those courses may cover a broad range of topics commensurate with the candidate’s particular area(s) of focus.

The candidate will join a department committed to a vibrant culture of research and teaching. The SFU English department boasts 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 print culture; contemporary Canadian, Indigenous, and diasporic literatures; creative writing; 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.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

Applications should be sent to Dr. Carolyn Lesjak, Chair, Department of English, at englsec@sfu.ca. Please submit 1) a letter including research and teaching interests, 2) a detailed curriculum vitae, 3) relevant course syllabi, 4) a relevant 15-25 page writing sample, 5) confidential letters from three references sent under separate cover, and 6) evidence of teaching skill. Applications will be reviewed starting April 19, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.

Only those eligible to be appointed to the Lecturer rank will be considered. This position is subject to the availability of funding.

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: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/Faculty_Openings/Collection_Notice.html

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

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 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 posted in the preceding May and advertised for two weeks. For Spring Semester, sessional instructor positions will be posted in the preceding September and advertised for two weeks. For Summer Semester, sessional instructor positions will be posted in the preceding January and advertised for two weeks.

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.

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.

Please note: TA/TM appointment dates (duration) for the Summer semester are 

May 7, 2021 - August 27, 2021.

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Please complete the Summer 2021 TA Application (WebSurvey) by going to this link and logging in: 




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Priority System for Teaching Assistant and Tutor Marker Allocations

In hiring Teaching Assistants and Tutor Markers, the Department shall give priority to the applicants in the following order:

  1. Graduate students registered in the Department with priority under XIII F.4.
  2. Graduate students registered in the Department without priority under XIII F.4.
  3. Graduate students registered in other departments with priority under XIII.F.4.
  4. Graduate students registered in other departments without priority under XIII.F.4.

The following detailed priority system for Departmental use in any selection between applicants as outlined in Article XIII, Fand H, will be used to decide which students should get an assignment:

  1. Full-time MA students not beyond their first four semesters of full-time study who have previously had only one or no TA position.
  2. PhD students in their first nine semesters of full-time study.
  3. Full-time MA students not beyond their first six semesters of full-time studies.
  4. Students with positive student and Instructor TA evaluations. Satisfactory performance as a TA/TM.
  5. Students with experience in a particular field of study.
  6. Instructor requests.
  7. Students in the final phase of degree completion who would benefit from TA/TM funding in completing their degree requirements.
  8. Students in extreme financial need.