Lecturer in French Language, Simon Fraser University 

Lecturer in French Language, Simon Fraser University 

Consideration of applications will begin on October 1st, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Simon Fraser University (SFU) is located on the Pacific Coast of Canada and has been ranked the #1 comprehensive university in the country in 12 of the last 13 years (Maclean’s Ranking). SFU, Canada’s Engaged University, is the leader in post-secondary French programming in British Columbia and host of the Office of French and Francophile Affairs (OFFA). 

The Department of French at SFU invites applications for a continuing teaching appointment at the rank of Lecturer, effective as early as February 15th, 2022 with duties relating to the development and teaching of French language courses at all levels. Only those eligible to be appointed to the rank of Lecturer will be considered. 


  • • The successful candidate must have a PhD in the teaching of French as a second language, French language pedagogy or linguistics applied to the teaching of French as a second language; the PhD must be completed by the employment start date or shortly thereafter. 
  • • Total fluency in oral and written French; a good fluency in English, which is the language of communication at SFU. 
  • • Evidence of excellent teaching skills, preferably in a North American context, and at least 3 continuous years of experience in the teaching of French as a second language at the university or college level. 

Other sought competence and qualifications: 

  • • Demonstrated competence in planning and developing curricular material for French language courses at all levels, including experience in teaching asynchronous and synchronous on-line and/or blended classes. 
  • • Demonstrated ability to use student-oriented learning strategies and to create a positive, inclusive and dynamic learning environment in the classroom and in group interactions. 
  • • Capacity to use appropriate (online) technologies to support learning. 
  • • Ability to train and/or oversee temporary language instructors and/or Teaching Assistants. 
  • • Evidence of leadership and ability to work as part of a team of language instructors. 
  • • Professional development, e.g., participation at French language teaching conferences and workshops (the publication of textbooks or professional articles in the domain, while not required, is valued and supported). 
  • • Some teaching experience and/or formal training in translation would be an asset. 

Responsibilities include: 

  • • Full responsibility for the development, upgrades and delivery of three courses, or their equivalent, in each of the Fall and Spring semesters and two courses in the Summer semester (intersession of 6.5 weeks). 
  • • Training and overseeing of Teaching Assistants, which includes, among other associated duties, the preparation of exams and the evaluation and grading of students. 
  • • Collaborating with the team of Lecturers on language program and course-related tasks, including representation and promotion. 
  • • Participation in departmental and university committees and meetings and in the Department of French self-governance. 

Applications: Full dossiers to be sent to the Chair, Department of French, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby BC V5A 1S6, CANADA or via email to Fren_dir@sfu.ca (cc.: frensech@sfu.ca) and should include: 

  • • A cover letter summarizing the applicant’s experience, qualifications and interests for the position (2 or 3 pages). 
  • • A copy of a complete CV. 
  • • A teaching dossier, including the candidate’s teaching philosophy and interest in curriculum and pedagogical development (1 or 2 pages), and a reflection on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in their teaching (1 or 2 pages). 
  • • The teaching dossier should include samples of course plans for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels and student evaluations for the last 3 years. 
  • • Applicants will arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent directly by their referees to the chair, at the same coordinates as above. 

Consideration of applications will begin on October 1st, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. 

Applicants may consult the web page for information about the Department at: www.sfu.ca/french 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. This position is subject to the availability of funding. 

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 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. 

We acknowledge the Squamish, Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Katzie and Kwikwetlem peoples, on whose traditional territories Simon Fraser University’s three campuses stand. By recognizing the Unceded Traditional Coast Salish territories, we aspire to create a space for reconciliation through dialogue and decolonizing practices. 

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: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/Faculty_Openings/Collection_Notice.html