Types of Appointments and Processes




Canada Research Chairs

Associate Chairs/Directors

Acting Chairs/Directors


Faculty Teaching Fellows

Adjunct Professors and Associate Members

Chairs, Fellowships, and Professorships

Librarian/Archivist Faculty

Associates and Coordinators in Education

Grant Tenure

Practitioner Faculty

Other Academic-
Administrative Appointments

Modified Appointments

Teaching Faculty

Overload Teaching Contracts

Tenure-Track Faculty  

Post Retirement Appointments

University Professorships


Term Faculty



Term Librarian/Archivist Faculty



University Research Associates



Visiting Faculty

Referee/Reference Letters  - Authentication for Appointments and Renewal Tenure and Promotion (RTP) Process

  • Original signed Reference or Referee letters are preferred, but not necessary to proceed with the appointments of faculty at SFU and for RTP review.
  • The obligation to determine the authenticity of the referee/reference and their signature is now the responsibility of the Dean, and/or Chair/Director.  
  • If the Dean and/or Chair/Director are satisfied that the referee/reference letter is from the "referee"/"reference", even if the signature is electronic, then the letter will be acceptable to us for RTP reviews, Chair and Professor appointments and renewals, and appointments to university positions.
  • The exception will be for Canada Research Chairs and LEEF appointments and renewals, where original, signed letters will still be required.


Contact the Faculty Relations Advisor handling inquiries for your Faculty. 

Contact the Postdoctoral Fellow Coordinator handling inquiries for your Postdoctoral Fellows.