The Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University (SFU) invites applications for a tenure stream position in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Mental Health and Neurodiversity at the rank of Assistant Professor. The appointment start date is July 2024 or by negotiation.


We seek a faculty member with research expertise in mental health issues that impact access to education across the lifespan for neurodivergent populations (e.g., those with conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder (ASD)).  We especially value prior experience and expertise mentoring and forming strong therapeutic relationships with neurodivergent individuals.

The Educational Psychology program is currently under revision and will include supervised practice in clinical counselling and mentoring of neurodivergent persons. Successful candidates must hold a PhD in Educational Psychology or related field (i.e., school, counselling, or clinical psychology) by the employment start date; however, candidates with imminent completion of their PhD degree may be hired at the rank of Instructor and will be promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor upon completion of their PhD. Accordingly, the successful candidate will be eligible for registration with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia, initiate the registration process within the first 12 months of hire, and maintain registration throughout their employment. Preference will be given to applicants who completed a graduate training program accredited by the Canadian or American Psychological Associations.

Candidates must have a record of excellence in research which includes exemplary publications in top disciplinary journals, presentations at conferences, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing. Candidates will also have an ongoing, independent, and innovative program of research funded or show strong promise for funding through external grants. Additionally, the successful candidate must demonstrate a record of excellent teaching, graduate supervision as evidenced through teaching and supervision accomplishments, evaluations and endorsements submitted as part of the application. The successful candidate will work on a team to design and deliver core curricula in Educational Psychology undergraduate and graduate programs, all of which have a strong focus on collaboration in research activities locally and internationally. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.



The Faculty of Education at SFU is committed to ethical practice, equity, social justice, and diversity. For example, our Indigenous Education and Reconciliation Council (IERC) aims to support respectful, equitable, and reciprocal relations between Indigenous Peoples and Settler (non-Indigenous) Peoples. See details about the https://www.sfu.ca/education/indigeneity/indigenous-education-reconciliation-council-ierc.html. Looking forward, our faculty is committed to overcoming long-term systemic problems that have kept underrepresented scholars out of traditional academic positions.


About Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Education

Simon Fraser University is a Canadian university recognized around the world for academic excellence, innovation, and sustainability. We employ more than 7,000 faculty and staff that support the institution, facilities, programs and teams to equip the university’s 37,000 students with the knowledge, skills and experiences that prepare them for life in an ever-changing and challenging world. 

Guided by our shared vision—to be a leading research university, advancing an inclusive and sustainable future—we are committed to meeting the changing needs of both the world around us and the people and communities we serve.

Why Choose SFU?

With campuses located in Burnaby, Vancouver and Surrey, British Columbia, SFU is ranked among Canada’s best places to work given our work environment, which includes hybrid work options, health and family-friendly benefits, vacation and personal-time off, and support for professional and career development. To ensure we remain a top choice for current and prospective faculty and staff, we are putting our commitments into action through the People Plan and Equity Compass, two institutional-wide strategies to transform the people experience at the SFU and advance opportunities that foster an environment where people can do their best work.  

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