Term Assistant Professor – Urban Studies Program

Simon Fraser University invites applications for a one-year term position in the Urban Studies Program, at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 15, 2024. This position could be extended for up to two more years, subject to budgetary capacity.


The successful candidate will have:

  • research expertise in interdisciplinary scholarship about the city
  • research interest in fields such as (but not limited to) urban mobilities of goods and/or people, sustainable development, urban cultures and communities, and urban research methods
  • demonstrated record of community engagement
  • a strong publication record and outstanding potential for research excellence
  • evidence of inclusive and innovative pedagogy and excellent teaching skills in interdisciplinary settings at the graduate level
  • the ability to work effectively with colleagues across disciplinary fields in the social sciences and the humanities
  • PhD in hand at the time of appointment


The successful candidate will:

  • enhance and expand the research strengths of Urban Studies
  • teach four graduate courses in 2024-25 from among the following possibilities:  

            -URB 601 Urban Professional Development 1

            -URB 602 Urban Professional Development 2

            -URB 620 Urban Communities and Cultures

            -URB 645 Urban Sustainable Development

            -URB 660 Transportation and Urban Development

            -URB 670 Urban Research Methods

  • participate in service to the Urban Studies program, the university, and the broader community

Applications should include:

  • a cover letter summarizing the applicant’s experience, qualifications, and interests for the position
  • a complete and updated CV
  • the name, title, institutional affiliation, and contact information of three academic referees
  • a 1-page research statement outlining the applicant’s research program
  • no more than one sample of writing in the form of a published journal article, book chapter, or a 30-page unpublished manuscript
  • a 1-page teaching statement on the applicant’s teaching philosophy
  • sample syllabus that the applicant has designed of a course relevant to the position. A sample syllabus should contain a list of course topics, required readings, and forms of assessment.

Applications should be addressed to Dr. Anthony Perl, Director of Urban Studies, and submitted electronically to urban@sfu.ca.

Preference will be given to complete applications received by January 20, 2024, but we will continue to accept beyond that date until the position is filled.

Please consult the Urban Studies website for information and samples of courses currently offered.

We acknowledge the Squamish, Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Katzie, and Kwikwetlem First Nations on whose traditional unceded territories Simon Fraser University’s three campuses stand. We are committed to reconciliation and Indigenization through dialogue and decolonizing practices.

SFU 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. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Faculty salaries at SFU are based on the salary scales bargained between the University and the SFU Faculty Association. A reasonable estimate of the salary range for this role is $89,652 to $114,866.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. This is an entry level position. Only those eligible to be appointed to the rank of Assistant Professor will be considered. This position is subject to the availability of funding.

Please consult the current Collective Agreement between SFU and SFU Faculty Association for detailed information about the terms and conditions of employment at SFU.

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