Tier 1 or Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (Learning Analytics and Learning Design)

The Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University (SFU) is actively building a diverse, welcoming community and invites applications for a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Learning Analytics and Learning Design with an effective start date of either September 1, 2018 or January 1, 2019.  

The successful candidate will play an instrumental role in creating a synergy that can propel leading-edge research initiatives to identify and meet the challenges of enhancing student experience and retaining undergraduate students, and with the potential to contribute to the educational experience of students in the K–12 school system. The Chair will significantly enhance the Faculty of Education’s research strengths in learning design, educational technology, and learning science.

The Chair’s expertise in learning analytics will capitalize on in-hand and ambient big data generated throughout SFU’s present and future systems. The Chair will also contribute strong leadership to dedicated research and development of specialized online and blended delivery courses, transforming student experience, improving the learning environment, tailoring learning supports and interventions, and fostering academic success.

Applicants must present a profile of field-leading scholarship that is highly regarded nationally and internationally. The appointee is expected to make significant contributions to research, teaching, graduate student supervision and publicizing results of learning analytics and learning design research to the scholarly community, professional groups and the public. SFU also recognizes the value of mentoring, professional service, and nontraditional areas of research and/or research outputs. Demonstrated experience in increasing diversity at the previous institutional environment is also an asset.

This position is contingent upon the applicant receiving a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Canada Research Chair; therefore, only senior investigators with outstanding publication records (Tier 1) or exceptional emerging scholars, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field (Tier 2), will be considered. The Tier 1 Canada Research Chair is tenable for seven years and may be renewable for a second term. The Tier 2 Canada Research Chair is tenable for five years and may be renewable for a second term. Interested applicants are invited to review the initial appointment and chair renewal details of the CRC Program.

To apply, applicants should provide a completed curriculum vitae with details of research and teaching; scholarly record, funding and collaborations; two examples of refereed published scholarly work; and a concise research proposal (2-6 pages) along with the names and email addresses of six referees*. All applications should be submitted in separate files (Word or PDF) to

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, visible minorities, 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.

The position is subject to the availability of funding and to final approval by the University Board of Governors and the CRC Secretariat.

The competition will remain open until the position is filled. Screening of applications will commence on May 10, 2018.

*Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University Academic Appointment Competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice.

Tenure Track Position in Language, Literacy and EAL Education

The Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, seeks applications for a tenure-track position in Language, Literacy and EAL Education. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will begin September 1, 2018. An earlier start date may be negotiated.

Located in the greater Vancouver area, the Faculty offers classes on three urban campuses in Burnaby, Surrey, and downtown Vancouver and works with communities and school districts throughout British Columbia. The Faculty has an outstanding record in research grants and publications, and in the design and delivery of innovative community based programs in teacher education and professional development. We seek candidates who are able to contribute in these areas and have interests in education across disciplinary boundaries, in keeping with the non-departmental organization of the Faculty.

Candidates must possess a doctoral degree in Applied Linguistics, TESL, or Second Language Education, with a specific focus on second language writing and/or English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Expertise and experience in teaching EAP and/or academic writing at the post-secondary level is required. Applicants must have established or show strong promise to develop an original, externally funded program of research, and the ability to develop a strong record of publications in refereed journals. Experience teaching K-12, initial teacher education, and Indigenous and multilingual learners is an asset, as is knowledge of languages other than English.

Applicants will be expected to contribute to program development in FAL X99 (Foundations of Academic Literacy) and in CELLTR (Centre for English Language Learning, Teaching and Research). The role will involve conceptualizing and implementing university-wide initiatives for student support, teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervising graduate students in master’s and doctoral programs, and collaborating with colleagues on research projects while maintaining an independent research focus.

SFU is a university that serves students of diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic and international origins and, therefore, interests and or experience in working in multicultural and international settings with students of diverse backgrounds is a desired attribute of applicants.

Applicants, you are requested to email three separate files (Word or PDF) to

- A signed application letter that includes the description of the applicant’s scholarly interests, research plans and achievements to date, teaching experience, and potential contributions to the faculty, as well as names and contact information of three referees

- A current curriculum vitae; and

- 2 samples of scholarly publications.

If unable to send an application letter with a scanned signature, mail a signed original to:
Chair, Appointments Committee, c/o Devi Pabla
Faculty of Education
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, Canada, V5A 1S6

Deadline for applications is November 27, 2017.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Please do not ask referees to send letters of reference. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority

Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, persons of aboriginal heritage, persons with disabilities, and LGTBQ-identified persons

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 the Collection Notice.

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