Canadian Association of University Teacher, Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d'universit�

Canadian Association of University Teachers
Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d'université

CAUT’s online source for professionals looking for a job in higher education or trying to fill a position.

| Print

Tenure-Track Position in Clinical Forensic Psychology

Simon Fraser University

The Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) is excited to announce the search for a new full-time tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor to join its highly successful Law and Forensic Psychology Area. We are now accepting applications for a position to begin as early as July 15, 2024.

Position Qualifications

We are looking for a candidate who can strengthen the capacity of the Law and Forensic area with respect to research; the teaching, training, and supervision of graduate and undergraduate students; and service at the university and in the broader academic community. To that end, the successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

* A doctoral degree in Psychology at the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. However, PhD candidates with solid indication of imminent completion may be hired at the rank of Instructor and will be promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor upon completion of the PhD.

* Demonstrated interest and expertise in research related to law and forensic psychology. Ideally, the candidate’s research interests will include clinical-forensic topics, but the innovation and excellence of their research will be of greater importance than the specific focus.

* Ability to contribute to the Department’s Clinical Psychology Program through some combination of graduate teaching, training, and supervision.


The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the University’s research excellence through a rigorous research program. The candidate will be expected to teach courses in both undergraduate and graduate programs and to supervise graduate students. Finally, it is expected that the successful candidate will contribute to the Department, Faculty, University, and the academic community through service. Preference will be given to candidates who also have skills or experiences that can help enhance the Department’s openness and responsiveness to diversity.

The Law and Forensic Psychology Area

Graduate training with a specific concentration in Law and Forensic Psychology was formally established at SFU in 1992 and quickly became one of the world’s leading sites for research and training in the field. Its overarching goal is to train students to apply psychological theories and methods to matters of law and policy for the betterment of people involved in or affected by the legal system and society more broadly.

Faculty members in the Law and Forensic Psychology Program, past and present, are recognized internationally for their contributions to research, practice, and service. At SFU, they have served in major administrative roles, including as Chair and Associate Chair and Director of Clinical Training in the Department. Outside the University, they have held influential positions as journal editors (including Law and Human Behavior) or as chief executives of major academic and professional associations, including as President of the American Psychology-Law Society – four times! The Law and Forensic Psychology Program currently has five core faculty and seeks to hire a sixth. Collectively, the core faculty members have a wide range of interests. Three faculty

members have law degrees in addition to doctoral degrees in psychology.

An average of 25 graduate students each year are members of the Law and Forensic Psychology Area, enrolled in the MA or PhD programs. About 2/3 of those students were admitted to the Department’s Clinical Psychology Program and about 1/3 were admitted to the Psychology Graduate Program, which provides training in applied, basic, and theoretical research in psychology.

Read more about the Law and Forensic Psychology area at <; and more about the Department of Psychology at <;.


SFU is located on three campuses across Metro Vancouver, nestled between the peaks of the Coast Mountains and the waters of the Fraser River and Pacific Ocean. With a population approaching 3 million, Metro Vancouver is a vibrant and multicultural region that is also beautiful, clean, and safe. It is consistently voted one of the world’s best cities in which to live and work. Established in 1965, SFU grew quickly and now is home to more than 30,000 undergraduate students and more than 5,000 graduate students annually. It has been ranked #1 among all comprehensive universities in Canada in 15 of the last 16 years.

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, including 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.

“Equity and belonging” is a core value of SFU and a key component of its strategic vision. A priority for the University is to recognize and honour the rights of Indigenous people, and in particular to respect and partner with the Indigenous Nations that host the University’s campuses. Within the Department, its Indigenous Reconciliation Committee works to eliminate the marginalization and under-representation that Indigenous Peoples experience in academic settings.

Read more about SFU at <>.

How to Apply

Application materials should be submitted electronically, via email to <>. Please provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statement/dossier, and a statement illustrating your commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Also, please request three confidential letters of reference to be submitted separately by referees.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled, with priority given to completed applications received prior to April 30, 2024.

This is a junior faculty position. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. SFU is an equity employer and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

This position is subject to the availability of funding.

Inquiries should be directed to:

Dr. Stephen Hart
Search Committee Chair
Department of Psychology
Simon Fraser University

Dr. Tim Racine
Department of Psychology
Simon Fraser University

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. Candidates for the Assistant Professor position must have a PhD; however, PhD candidates with a solid indication of imminent completion may be hired at the rank of Instructor and will be promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor upon completion of the PhD. A reasonable estimate for the salary range if the successful candidate will be starting as an Instructor is $84,049 to $89,652.

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University as part of academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details, see <;.

We acknowledge the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxw̱ ú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓ícə̓ y̓ (Katzie), kwikwəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo, and Tsawwassen peoples on whose traditional, unceded territories our three campuses stand.