Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

These postings are updated by SFU's departments. Applicants should make sure that they can meet the departments' requirements and application deadlines. Please apply directly to the department where the job posting is located. Please check your department's job posting website as well.

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Sessional Postings

No current postings.

TA/TM Postings   

Intersession 2021 (1214)

The following is a list of courses requiring a TA. Please note:

  • Classes run from May 18-June 15th, 2021. There are no exams.
  • Instruction will be conducted through remote methods. This may entail different modes of instruction, interaction with students, and marking practices than is normally the case. Work will be assigned in accordance with the Time Use Guidelines, and TAs are expected to track and report their hours in the normal manner.
  • The appointment dates for the Intersession 2021 semester are May 7-June 28, 2021.
  • Please be available to attend all lectures throughout the course.
  • Please consult the timetable in SIS for lecture and tutorial times and please be sure to check that the courses you’re applying for do not conflict with your other commitments.
  • Employment will be offered in accordance with the TSSU Collective Agreement and the Department’s Hiring Priorities.
  • Postings close Monday, March 15th, 2021 at 4pm.


Teaching Assistant Positions

FASS 208-1 Introduction to Personal Financial Planning for Students 2.25 BU
Tuesdays 2:30-5:20 May 18-June 15, 2021

Introduces students to how to optimize their financial resources.  Some of the topics which will be covered are debt avoidance and management, saving vs investing, creating and maintaining a budget, tax planning strategies, passive income and side hustles, crypto-currencies, and the importance to networking. The goal is to help students learn and develop the habits needed to reach their financial goals.

Required Experience

  • Demonstrated teaching experience in a variety of settings, including small-group facilitation.
  • Experience instructing personal finance courses.

You must return the TA Application Form (see below), CV, and statement of interest to Jennifer Chutter (jac24@sfu.ca) by Monday, March 15, 2021; 4:00 pm


Include this form with application


Name: _________________________________________

Student ID Number: _______________________________

Email address: ______________________________

Employment Category: (check which applies)

MA: ___________         PhD:_____________     U/G:____________

Have you been on SFU payroll before? Yes _________   No _________

Department: ____________________________________________

Other sources of funding: _____________________________________

Course Applying for: _______________________

I have attached my Curriculum Vitae__________ and a statement of interest______.

Signature: _____________________________________           

Date: _____________

Resources for TAs/TMs/Sessionals

The following links will help you get your medical coverage and other benefits, as well as help you learn how to become a better teacher.


TSSU Hiring Priority

Priority System for TA Appointments

Priority of qualified* applicants to TA and TM positions in FASS is in accordance with Article XIII and Article XV of the Collective Agreement.  In hiring Teaching Assistants (or TM), priority shall be given to applicants in the following order:

(i)              Graduate students registered in the department.

(ii)            Graduate students registered in other departments

(iii)           Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTA) or External Teaching Assistants (ETA).

*Qualifications of an applicant for a position include consideration of the following:

(a) In the case of reappointment, satisfactory performance as a teaching assistant, based on TA ratings on course evaluation forms and by course instructors

(b) Sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material.

If an assignment within a priority group requires a selection between applicants, the graduate student without financial support from merit based scholarships or merit based fellowships during the semester of appointment with a value equal to at least a 5.17 appointment will have priority for the appointment, after which the department will consider the following:

  1. Suitability for particular courses (e.g. discipline of prior degree(s), publications, experience)
  2. Instructor requests
  3. Amount of financial support
  4. TA preferences
  5. Past TA ratings from employment evaluations.


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

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. Telephone 778-782-3237.