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

Dates for Spring 2020 Sessional hires:
Job Postings up by: No SI positions available for Spring 2020
Application deadline:
Semester Starts:   

Sessional Instructors

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.

Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Tutor Markers (TMs)

Dates for Spring 2020 TA/TM hires
Job Postings up by: March 2, 2020
Application deadline: March 16, 2020
Semester Starts: May 11, 2020


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.

Course # Course Name Location Closing Date SI/TA/TM
WL 100 What is World Literature? 
Distance Education
March 16, 2020
TM x 1
WL 104W Modern World Literatures Distance Education March 16, 2020 TM x 1

***Assignments to WL 106 may involve tutoring under the FASS Forward program, see: http://www.sfu.ca/fass/undergraduate/fassforward.html, dependent on student uptake. Training and additional compensation will be provided.

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

  1. Graduate students registered in the Department of Humanities
  2. Qualified SFU graduate students registered in other departments
  3. Currently registered WL Honours students
  4. 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.


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

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.

Limited Term Appointments

No postings available at this time.

No courses offered

Sessional Instructors

Please check back later in the term for Spring 2018 postings.

Work Study/Research Assistantships  

Work Study position with a WL faculty member available for Spring 2016.
Apply between Dec 14 to Jan 15.
**Only eligible Work-Study students can participate in the Work-Study program.**

*Approved* students can access work-study projects site.