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The instructional team at the Department of World Languages and Literatures is a diverse group of dynamic and innovative professionals who share a common passion for delivering the best possible teaching methods to their classes.

All Sessional Instructor (SI), Teaching Assistant (TA), and Tutor Marker (TM) positions will be posted on the Central Job Postings Site.

Sessional Instructors

Dates for Fall 2021 Sessional hires: September 7, 2021 - December 24, 2021
Job Postings up by: mid-June, 2021
Application deadline: June 24, 2021
Semester starts: September 7, 2021

Sessional positions are generally posted on the Central Job Postings Site in mid-October for the Spring term, mid-February for the Summer term, and mid-June for the Fall term.

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

Please note: click on the course name and number in the table below ("Course #) to view the PDF with the details of the positions (times, days, etc.) and for information regarding how to apply. 

Course # Course Name Location Closing Date
ARAB 100 Introductory Arabic I Burnaby June 24, 2021
CHIN 200 Mandarin Chinese III Burnaby June 24, 2021
JAPN 200 Japanese III Burnaby June 24, 2021
ITAL 200 Intermediate Italian I Burnaby June 24, 2021
PERS 100 Introductory Persian I Burnaby June 24, 2021
PUNJ 100 Introductory Punjabi I Surrey June 24, 2021

Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Tutor Markers (TMs)

Dates for Fall 2021 TA/TM hires: September 7 - December 24, 2021
Job Postings up by: June 28, 2021
Application deadline: July 13, 2021
Semester Starts: September 8, 2021

TA and TM positions are posted on the Central Job Postings Site eight weeks prior to the start of the semester: in March for the Summer, in July for the Fall, and in November for the Spring.

Please note: click on the course name and number in the table below to view the PDF with the details of the positions (times, days, etc.) and for information regarding how to apply, including the application form. 

Course # Course Name Location Closing Date SI/TA/TM
CHIN 100 Mandarin Chinese I Burnaby July 13, 2021 TA
CHIN 390 Advanced Chinese Reading Remote July 13, 2021 TM
GERM 100 Introductory German I Burnaby July 13, 2021 TA
ITAL 100 Introductory Italian I Burnaby July 13, 2021 TA
JAPN 100 Japanese I Harbour Centre & Remote July 13, 2021 TA
JAPN 100  Japanese I Harbour Centre & Remote July 13, 2021 TA
JAPN 110 Japanese II Burnaby & Remote July 13, 2021 TA
SPAN 100 Introductory Spanish I Burnaby July 13, 2021 TA
SPAN 110 Introductory Spanish II Burnaby July 13, 2021 TA
JAPN 100 Japanese I Harbour Centre August 27, 2021 TA

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 Program Director 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 World Languages and Literatures is in accordance with Article XIII and Article XV of the TSSU-SFU Collective Agreement. In hiring TAs or TMs, the Department of World Languages and Literatures considers the following applicants:

  1. Qualified SFU graduate students 
  2. Currently registered WL Honours students
  3. External and/or undergraduate applicants

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.

POLICIES

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

Privacy
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.