Simon Fraser University
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Assistant Professorship in Public Finance

The School of Public Policy and Urban Studies Program invite applications for a full-time tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with an expected start date of September 2019. The position will be a joint appointment (75% Public Policy, 25% Urban Studies) with an administrative home in the School of Public Policy. Preference will be given to candidates in the area of public finance economics. The candidate must hold a PhD in economics or a closely related field by the employment start date and be well qualified to teach at the graduate level in both units.

Candidates will be expected to build on existing strengths and bolster the capacity of the two units. They should demonstrate evidence of a commitment to high quality research and teaching, and community engagement and outreach in a professional school of public policy and a graduate program in urban studies. Ideal candidates will show promise in research and educational leadership in the application of public finance to public policy issues, including economic foundations of policy analysis, social economic policy, urban economics and public management in a Canadian context. The successful candidate will demonstrate an emergent record of scholarly achievement with publications in leading refereed journals, presentations at significant conferences, and strong letters of reference.

This is an entry-level position. Only those holding or those eligible to be promoted to the rank will be considered. This position is subject to availability of funding and approval by the SFU Board of Governors.

For more information about the School of Public Policy and Urban Studies Program which are both located at SFU’s downtown Vancouver campus, please visit our respective websites: and

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

Applications should be submitted electronically to Professor Nancy Olewiler at Candidates should submit a cover letter outlining their research strengths and future research and engagement plans as they relate to both urban studies and public policy, a curriculum vitae, a representative publication, a graduate course syllabus for one course in Public Policy and one in Urban Studies, teaching evaluations (if available), and a one-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy. They should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to Applications will be reviewed beginning March 21, 2019. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Search Committee Chair
Professor Nancy Olewiler, School of Public Policy, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, V6B 5K3

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