Psychology – Assistant Professor (Social Psychology) – Simon Fraser University

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Location: British Columbia
Date posted: 2023-08-18
Advertised until: 2023-10-17

The Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor starting as early as July 15, 2024. Pursuant to Section 42 of the B.C. Human Rights Code, preference will be given to individuals that identify as Black, Indigenous or a member of a racialized group and will bring to this role knowledge that comes from the lived experiences of those underrepresented in higher education. Candidates who wish to qualify for preferential consideration must self-identify as Black, Indigenous or a member of a racialized group.

Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in Psychology by the time of appointment with substantive research experience and interest in the field of Social Psychology. 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. We are seeking candidates who are committed to contributing to the university and community through a combination of rigorous and responsible research; teaching and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students; and administration and service. We especially value prior experience and expertise teaching and mentoring members of historically marginalized communities or individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, specifically, those identifying as Indigenous, belonging to a racialized group, having physical or mental disabilities, or who are underrepresented in terms of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The ideal candidate will also support and contribute positively to the respectful, inclusive, and collegial culture of the Department of Psychology through open and collaborative engagement with colleagues, staff and students.

The successful candidate’s duties will include conducting rigorous and respectful research, teaching undergraduate and/or graduate classes, and contributing to the department, university, and community through service.

About SFU and the City of Vancouver:
Simon Fraser University (SFU) is consistently ranked among the top comprehensive universities in Canada. Located on the unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Coast Salish peoples, SFU offers classes on three urban campuses across greater Vancouver (Burnaby, Downtown Vancouver, and Surrey). By recognizing the Unceded Traditional Coast Salish territories, we aspire to create a space for reconciliation through dialogue and decolonizing practices. Vancouver is a scenic waterfront city located minutes from the mountains and a wide range of outdoor activities. It has a reputation as a clean, safe, multicultural and ethnically diverse city that is repeatedly ranked as one of the very top cities in the world in which to live and work.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:
SFU 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 workforce, 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.

The Department of Psychology at SFU has a positive, collegial atmosphere and is strongly supportive of faculty members’ diverse backgrounds, strengths, interests, and career progress. Our department is committed to ethical practice, equity, social justice and diversity. For example, our Indigenous Reconciliation Committee (IRC) aims to support respectful, equitable, and reciprocal relations between Indigenous Peoples and Settler (non-Indigenous) Peoples. Details about the IRC’s mission statement and accountability reports are available here. Our Department JEDAI (Justice, Decolonizing, (Re)concilia(c)tionEquity, Diversity, Accessibility, Inclusion) Workgroup seeks to uphold the SFU’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Details about the JEDAI’s goals and action plans are available here. Looking forward, our department is committed to overcoming long-term systemic problems that have kept underrepresented scholars out of traditional academic positions.

How to Apply:
Application materials should be submitted electronically, via email to, citing the candidate’s name in the subject line. Deadline for applications is October 1, 2023 although late applications will be considered. Please provide a cover letter; curriculum vitae; research and teaching statements/dossiers; 3 representative publications; and a statement of commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Also, please request three confidential letters of reference to be submitted separately by referees.

A long-list of candidates will be invited to a 30-minute Zoom interview during which the candidates may be asked to give a short data blitz style research talk (10-minute) and respond to a few questions. Short-listed candidates will then be contacted for an in-person interview.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Pursuant to Section 42 of the B.C. Human Rights Code, preference will be given to individuals that identify as Black, Indigenous or a member of a racialized group. Candidates who wish to qualify for preferential consideration must self-identify as Black, Indigenous or a member of a racialized group in their cover letter.

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 availability of funding.

Inquiries should be directed to:

Dr. Lara Aknin
Chair of Hiring Committee
Simon Fraser University

Dr. Tim Racine
Chair Department of Psychology
Simon Fraser University

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.

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