All Sessional Instructor (SI), Teaching Assistant (TA), and Tutor Marker (TM) positions will be posted on the Human Resources Website.

Dates for Spring 2021 Sessional hires:
Application deadline: Friday, October 30, 2020

Sessional Instructors

Sessional 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. 

All Sessional Instructor positions are regulated by Article XIV of the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU)-SFU Collective Agreement

Course #    Course Name Location Closing Date
HUM 102W-3       D200 - Classical Mythology Remote Teaching  October 30, 2020
HUM 321W-4 D100 - The Humanities and Critical Thinking Remote Teaching October 30, 2020
HUM 325-4 D100 - Humanities and the Natural World Remote Teaching October 30, 2020
HUM 350-4 J100 - Great Figures in the Humanities Remote Teaching October 30, 2020

Dates for Spring 2021 TA/TM hires

Job postings up byOctober 26, 2020
Offer period: November 24, 2020 - December 7, 2020
Appointment dates:  January 4, 2021 - April 20, 2021
Application deadline: 

Course #  Course Name Location    Closing Date    TA/TM   

HUM 102W - D100

Classical Mythology Remote November 6, 2020 TA x 2
HUM 130 -D100 Introduction to Religious Studies Remote November 6, 2020 TA x 1
HUM 130 - C900 Introduction to Religious Studies Remote November 6, 2020 TA X 1
HUM 102W - C100 Classical Mythology Distance Education November 6, 2020 TM X 1
HUM 102W - C200 Classical Mythology Distance Education November 6, 2020 TM X 1
HUM 304 - C100 Alexander the Great and the Quest for World Empire Distance Education November 6, 2020 TM X 1

*Please note that "W" courses entail an increased workload and receive an extra base-unit remuneration to reflect this.

Articles XIII (A) and XV (A) of the TSSU-SFU Collective Agreement list four TA/TM categories:

  1. Graduate Teaching Assistant 1 (GTA 1). A GTA 1 must be registered at Simon Fraser University for a master's degree or as a qualifying student for a master's program.
  2. Graduate Teaching Assistant 2 (GTA 2). A GTA 2 must be registered at Simon Fraser University for a doctoral degree or as a qualifying student for a doctoral program.
  3. Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA). A UTA must be registered at Simon Fraser University in a program leading to teacher certification, a diploma or a bachelor's degree.
  4. External Teaching Assistant (ETA). An ETA is a person who is not otherwise a full-time employee of the University and who is not a student in any of the categories referred to in a, b or c above.

The Department Chair assigns TAs/TMs to courses based on necessity dictated by enrolment numbers. All posted positions are subject to change based on enrolment and budgetary authorization.

Priority of qualified applicants to TA and TM positions in the Department of Humanities, Graduate Liberal Studies Program, and the Asia Canada Program is in accordance with Article XIII and Article XV of the TSSU-SFU Collective Agreement. In hiring TAs or TMs, the Department of Humanities considers the following applicants:

  1. Graduate students registered in the department
  2. Qualified SFU graduate students registered in other departments
  3. External and/or undergraduate applicants

Note: Graduate students new to SFU, admitted to either the HUM MA or GLS MA or PhD programs will have priority for Introductory Humanities TA/TM assignments. 

Detailed Priority Criteria:

  1. Applicant & Instructor Preference
  2. According to the TSSU Collective Agreement Article XIII, 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.)

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.