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

Continuing Lecturer Position

The Department of Global Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU) invites applications for a 1.0 FTE continuing teaching faculty position at the rank of Lecturer, to begin as early as July 15, 2023.

Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. with a focus on Humanities by the time of appointment. 

We seek a versatile lecturer with a demonstrated ability to teach across time periods in the field of Religious Studies. This person will be the lead instructor for HUM 130: Introduction to Religious Studies, which is offered online every term and yearly in person across all campuses, totaling 350+ seats/year. The holder of this position will also regularly teach senior courses, such as HUM 325 The Humanities and the Natural World and HUM 330 Religions in Context. Background areas such as environmental humanities, spiritual ecology, eco-theology, and/or sacred sites will be viewed favourably by the committee.

Application materials should be submitted electronically, via email to Please provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and teaching portfolio, and arrange for three referees to submit confidential letters of reference.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled, with priority given to completed applications received prior to November 15, 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.

Summer 2023 SI Posting

Course Code Section Course Title Location Closing Date
HUM 277 OL01 History of Greek Civilization Online Feb 16, 2023
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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. 

Summer 2023 TA Posting

Course Code Section Course Title Location Closing Date
HUM 102W OL01 Classical Mythology Online March 13, 2023
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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.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.

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