Faculty Positions

Chair, Indigenous Studies

Simon Fraser University (SFU) is Canada’s most community-engaged research university, with three thriving urban campuses in British Columbia’s largest municipalities: Vancouver, Burnaby, and Surrey. SFU respectfully acknowledges the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen peoples on whose unceded traditional territories the three campuses reside. The SFU community includes more than 35,000 students and nearly 3,000 faculty and staff. SFU consistently ranks among the top 20 Canadian universities in terms of its annual research income and impact.

The Department of Indigenous Studies is part of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASS) which is an internationally recognized leader in broad-based liberal education whose strength lies in its diversity, high-caliber curricula, world-class pedagogy, innovations in research, and its vibrant academic community.

Engaging and interdisciplinary, the Department of Indigenous Studies encompasses a wide range of academic subjects. Our growing department is dedicated to research and programming that engages directly with decolonizing, anti-colonial, and Indigenous-led work — including the Indigenization of research, policy, and institutions. The department now seeks candidates for a continuing faculty position at the Associate Professor or Professor rank to appoint as its next Chair as early as the fall 2022 semester, if possible. Appointment with tenure is possible.

We seek candidates with strong administrative backgrounds and experiences who are motivated by Indigenization and reconciliation leadership, exemplified by advocacy for Indigenous faculty, staff and students and active pursuit of the goals of Indigenization and reconciliation and continued advancement of the SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council (ARC) Calls to Action. Candidates with a proven record of the following will be given priority:

  • Brings a focus on decolonization, reconciliation, and Indigenization in any area regardless of discipline.
  • Proven engagement with and connection to Indigenous communities.
  • Brings experience in supporting Indigenous faculty, staff, and students in creating pathways to success through Indigenizing curricula, policy, and practice, and facilitating career progression.
  • Experience in addressing social and systemic exclusion in relevant institutional systems, practices, and procedures.

Candidates will demonstrate an ability to make learning inclusive and accessible for students, to work with communities related to scholarly research, and to establish networks to support students’ research, co-op experience, and employment. Candidates will have a commitment to high quality research and undergraduate and graduate teaching, community engagement and outreach, and equity, diversity, and inclusion and issues of Indigenous rights and title.

The successful candidate will be appointed as Chair of the Department of Indigenous Studies for an initial five-year term, renewable. The Chair will serve as a member of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences’ senior administration with shared responsibility for the overall management of the Department in accordance with the Collective Agreement. Through strategic and visionary leadership, the Chair will encourage an interdisciplinary approach to Indigenous academic excellence, and continue to enhance the advancement of research, scholarly production and teaching. Enhancing the student experience and attracting new faculty while supporting our world-class faculty members will be a priority for the Chair.

As a candidate, you will have a PhD or equivalent academic qualification in a discipline relevant to Indigenous Studies, along with a proven record of teaching, research, and service sufficient for appointment as a tenured Associate or Full Professor at SFU. You will demonstrate a sincere interest and commitment to the breadth of programming in the department and meaningfully advocate for the wide range of research and education taking place in the department.

With a passion for academic excellence and the student experience, you will be committed to collegiality, collaboration, and transparency. Through strong people skills, an approachable style and respect for diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation, you have a demonstrated ability to foster relationships within the University and the broader community with the goal of advancing the department’s academic mission, nationally and internationally.

Simon Fraser University is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty, staff, and our community. SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications.” Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, specifically Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably.

We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. This position is subject to funding.

SFU recognizes that alternative career paths and/or career interruptions (e.g.  parental leave, leave due to illness) can impact research achievements and commits to ensuring that leaves are taken into careful consideration. Candidates are encouraged to highlight in their application how alternative paths and/or interruptions have impacted them. SFU also recognizes the value of mentoring and research training, outreach, professional service, and diverse forms of scholarship and/or research outputs. Demonstrated experience in increasing diversity in their previous institutional environment(s), and in curriculum, is also an asset.

SFU is also committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants. If you require accommodations or have questions about SFU benefits, services, accommodations policies, or equity considerations please contact

Ella Laure Hipolito, Senior Associate at Boyden at ellah@boyden.com.

To explore this opportunity further, please click Apply or the Executive Brief.

Applicants should be prepared to upload the following documents (PDFs): a letter of application (articulating the applicant’s strengths in relation to the candidate profile and their vision for the department), a curriculum vitae, and a list of names for references including at least one reference that addresses their relationship with community. References will only be contacted at a later stage in the process and with explicit permission from the applicant. Applicants may be asked to provide letters of recommendation at a later stage in the process.

Applications will be reviewed starting March 7 and will be accepted until the position has been filled.

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Term Lecturer Positions

Sessional Instructor Positions

Sessional positions are generally posted in February for Summer semester, June for Fall semester, and October for Spring semester. Please note that all positions are contingent upon enrollment and budgetary approval, and are hired in accordance with the TSSU-SFU Collective Agreement, Article XIV.

Please send electronic applications only to the attention of the Chair, Department of Indigenous Studies, c/o indgsec@sfu.ca

Spring 2022 (1221) Sessional Instructor Positions

Application: CLOSED






Teaching Assistant/Tutor-Marker Positions

Teaching Assistants and Tutor-Markers are hired in accordance with the TSSU-SFU Collective Agreement, Articles XIII and XV, respectively.

In order to be appointed a person must have sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material, competency in oral and written English, and willingness to undertake specific course designation training sessions. Students interested in Teaching Assistant or Tutor-Marker positions should inquire about training sessions. 

Applicants must complete and submit the online TA/TM Application Form by the posted deadline to be considered for a position.

Please note that all positions are contingent upon enrollment and budgetary approval.

Application: CLOSED



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

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