Employment Opportunities

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All Global Humanities Faculty, Sessional Instructor (SI), and Teaching Assistant (TA) positions will be posted on this page. SI and TA employment opportunities are also posted on the SFU Human Resources website.

Faculty Posting

J. S. Woodsworth Chair in Humanities

The Department of Global Humanities is seeking a candidate for this appointment with expertise and publications in the field of critical and comparative approaches to some combination of economic, environmental, and social justice and social movements; labour history and movements; Western, Eastern, and Indigenous modes of spiritual and ethical philosophy. 

This academic appointment will involve teaching, research and, particularly, community engagement in close collaboration with the Institute for the Humanities. In this capacity, the Chair-holder will:

  1. be expected to include a community development dimension within the range of their activities;
  2. play an active role in public programming;
  3. support activities that contribute to the quality of the educational environment at SFU.

The appointment shall be at the Associate or Full Professor rank, and applicants should have a doctorate or equivalent, a strong record of effective teaching, scholarly excellence as well as experience in addressing public audiences. The Chair-holder will typically teach three courses per year, including the J. S. Woodsworth seminar, and engage in other scholarly and public activities. 

Applicants should forward a curriculum vitae, a statement of interest, and six letters of reference to by August 31, 2022.

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

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Sessional Instructor Postings

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 Humanities Department follows Article XIV (E.2) of the TSSU-SFU Collective Agreement when hiring Sessional Instructors.

Available positions are generally posted on the Human Resources website in mid-October for the Spring term, mid-February for the Summer term, and mid-May for the Fall term.

Fall 2022 SI Postings

Course Code Section Course Title Location Closing Date
HUM 227 OL01 History of Greek Civilization Online June 9, 2022
HUM 231 D100 Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome Burnaby June 9, 2022
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Teaching Assistant Postings

Please note that "W" courses entail an increased workload and receive an extra base-unit remuneration to reflect this. All posted positions are subject to both sufficient enrollment in the course and budgetary authorization.

Priority of qualified applicants to TA positions in the Department of Global Humanities is in accordance with Article XIII and Article XV of the TSSU-SFU Collective Agreement. Graduate students new to SFU, admitted to either the HUM MA or PhD programs, will have priority for introductory Humanities TA assignments. 

Fall 2022 TA Postings


Course Code Section Course Title Location Closing Date
HUM 130 D100 Introduction to Religious Studies Burnaby Sept 27th, 2022
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TA Hiring Priority

In addition to the hiring priority listed in the TSSU Collective Agreement, the Department of Global Humanities prioritizes applicants in the following order:

  1. Graduate students registered in the Department.
  2. Qualified SFU graduate students registered in other departments.
  3. Qualified external and/or undergraduate student application.

Detailed Priority Criteria

  1. Applicant and instructor preferences.
  2. According to Article XIII of the TSSU Collective Agreement, section B: In order to be appointed, a person must have sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material.
  3. Dollar value of financial support offered at the time of admission.
  4. Number of base units already received to ensure sufficient teaching-related experience in the field of study.
  5. Past ratings from TA evaluations.
  6. Other previous teaching experience.
  7. Funding for RAships, practicums, and internships.

Note: If an assignment within a priority group requires a selection between applicants, the graduate student without financial support from merit-based scholarships or fellowships with a value equal to at least 5.17 base units, will have priority for the appointment.


The University is committed to the principle of equity in employment. See Policy GP 19 for details.


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.

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