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Assistant Professor of World Literature/Hispanophone literatures

Simon Fraser University

The Department of World Languages and Literatures, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University, invites applications for a 1.0 FTE tenure-track research faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of World Literature/Hispanophone literatures, starting as early as summer 2022.

Ideal candidates will show research promise in World/Comparative and Spanish peninsular / Latin American literatures. Candidates should also show potential in subfields of World Literature such as translation studies or film studies, and command of a third language outside of Spanish and English. The ability to creatively bridge literature and language in both pedagogy and research would be an asset.

The Department of World Languages and Literatures offers a rigorous and innovative undergraduate program offering a Major, Minor, and Honours degree in the cross-cultural study of World Literature. The successful candidate will be required to teach four undergraduate courses a year at both lower and upper-division levels of the World Literature curriculum. All literatures are taught in English translation and all courses are designed to feature a cross-cultural selection of world literature. Critical theory and academic writing in the discipline are also strong foci of the curriculum. A short description of all course offerings can be found in SFU’s Academic Calendar:

Service is also a priority, and the successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate an appropriate level of involvement in our newly formed department, which alongside the study of world literatures in translation, offers foreign language instruction in nine languages including Chinese, Japanese, German, Spanish, and Italian.

Application to this position acknowledges that it is the responsibility of the instructor to adapt teaching practices to the circumstances imposed by Covid 19 in accordance with Department and Faculty policies. Assistance with adapting to these policies will be available from the Centre for Educational Excellence.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. by the appointment start date or shortly thereafter, ideally in Comparative Literature, Spanish / Latin American literature, or related discipline. We seek a candidate who has a demonstrated record, or promise, of excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level and commitment to inclusive teaching practices. This is an entry-level position. Only those eligible to be appointed or promoted to the rank will be considered.

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, 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.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. This position is subject to availability of funding.

Complete applications should consist of a cover letter, CV, research statement, and teaching dossier (including a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, example course outlines, and teaching evaluations or equivalent demonstration of teaching effectiveness). Applicants should arrange for three confidential reference letters to be sent directly by email attachment to Rebecca Lockhart at .

Applications should be sent to: Rebecca Lockhart, Program Assistant, Department of World Languages and Literatures, at Candidates should not send any additional materials with their applications at this time.

Priority will be given to completed applications received by December 15, 2021.

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: