The Department of Geography invites applications for the following position(s):
Sessional Instructors
Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU)
Summer Semester (April 30 – August 26, 2020)

All positions have a closing date of 9 am, Monday, March 23rd, 2020.

Applicants should submit an online application and supporting documents (cover letter, CV and statement of teaching philosophy, 3 references).

If you cannot submit an online application, we will accept your application in person at the Department of Geography office (RCB 7123) to the attention of Tiina Klasen.

For questions and inquiries, please email the Chair’s Assistant at or contact the Manager, Academic and Administrative services at 778.782.2558 or

In addition to the listed qualifications for each position, the Department of Geography will define qualification in accordance with the Collective Agreement with the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU). Evaluation of the adequacy of qualifications is at the Chair’s/Director’s discretion.

Compensation is based on contact hours and is detailed in the TSSU Collective Agreement salary scales.

Appointment priority is in accordance with the Collective Agreement and the Sessional Instructor Seniority List provided by the University.  

Positions marked Reserve Sessional Instructor will be prioritized to Graduate and Post-Doctoral applicants in the Department of Geography. However, all qualified applicants are invited to apply.

The tentative class schedule is available online.  Please check the schedule before applying

The University is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

Privacy: The information submitted with your 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 you, evaluate your qualifications and complete the employment process by making a hiring decision. Applicant information may also be disclosed to the Teaching Support Staff Union in accordance with Article XIII F.3.1.a (iv) 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.

Offers are subject to enrollment and budgetary approval. 



GEOG 424   Cities, Transportation & Infrastructure


Vancouver Campus


April 30 – August 26, 2020


1x2 hour lecture (Mondays, 14:30-16:20) and 1x2 hour seminar; 4 contact hours


Applicants should have a graduate degree, preferably a PhD, in human geography and/or urban planning, with relevant demonstrated ability to teach in the classroom to students with a wide range of backgrounds in social science.


Qualifications include: the ability to provide students with an appreciation of the relationships between the development of cities, transportation and infrastructure from an economic geography perspective. Ideally, candidates will be able to speak about examples of infrastructure and transport development within urban areas of British Columbia, especially the Lower Mainland, while drawing upon and providing comparisons to metropolitan regions from other parts of Canada, and both developed and developing countries. Relevant professional experience in planning urban infrastructure and/or transportation will be considered.