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Continuing and Term Faculty

Political Science Term Lecturer Position

The Department of Political Science is inviting applications for a one-year .875 FTE term teaching faculty position at the rank of Lecturer in Defence and International Security, starting 1 September 2020.  The Lecturer will be expected to teach 7 courses in the 2020-2021 academic year (subject to enrollment). As a member of the SFU Faculty Association and the Department, the Lecturer will also be expected to be actively involved in service to the unit.

Please note that almost all teaching at SFU in the fall term 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. The requirement to conduct teaching through remote methods may also extend past the fall term and possibly for the duration of the appointment. Application to this position acknowledges that it is the responsibility of the instructor to adapt their teaching to these unusual circumstances. Assistance with adapting to these changes will be available from the Centre for Educational Excellence.

This is an entry level position.  Only those holding or those eligible to be appointed to the rank will be considered.  The position is subject to availability of funding.


  • The chosen candidate must hold a PhD or be PhD-ABD (currently enrolled) in Political Science or in a related field, specializing in Defence and International Security.
  • We are interested in candidates with academic expertise on NATO, but we are open to candidates with specialization in other topics: for example, weapons of mass destruction; cyber, information warfare, and artificial intelligence; hybrid forms of conflict; alliances and multilateral security cooperation; and Canadian security policy.  
  • Among those satisfying the above qualifications, priority will be given to candidates with teaching experience at the university level in these areas of specialization.
  • A history of publication in the areas of specialization will be considered an asset.

Complete applications will consist of the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching portfolio (including teaching philosophy, course evaluations if applicable, etc.)
  • Three current letters of reference to be sent separately by the respective referees, including one from teaching supervisor (if applicable)

Review of complete applications will begin on 15 July 2020 until a chosen candidate has been identified. The Search Committee will notify applicants who are short-listed.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to SFU’s excellence as an engaged university. In keeping with SFU’s strategic vision which pledges to foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect and to celebrate diversity among faculty, SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. SFU is dedicated to building a diverse faculty by advancing the interests of underrepresented groups, specifically women, Indigenous people, persons with disability, visible minorities, and sexual and gender diverse communities. We strongly encourage individuals from these groups to apply. We are especially interested in candidates with a demonstrated history of advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. 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:

To apply:

Please submit all application materials to

Please direct inquiries to:

Dr. Alexander Moens
Political Science Department
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6, Canada
Phone: 778-782-3279