Support for new faculty members
We're here to provide information, access to resources, and support to prospective and new engineering faculty members at the University of Waterloo.
Working closely with Human Resources, we provide support services to enhance new faculty members' transition to the Faculty of Engineering.
|For information about policies, roles, and other day-to-day resources, visit the Engineering Faculty & Staff Resources website (Login required). The following information is focused on your immediate needs when joining the faculty.|
The Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo (FAUW) is the official representative of all regular faculty members who hold definite term, probationary, tenured, or continuing appointments. FAUW negotiates working conditions, hosts events, and provides one-on-one support for faculty members. Learn more or become a voting member on the FAUW website.
Events for New Faculty
University-Wide New Faculty Welcome Event is hosted by the New Faculty Planning Committee. An email invitation to this event should be sent to you from the Provost's Office.
Engineering New Faculty Orientation is hosted in the fall. Hosted by the Dean and the Associate Deans, the goal of this session is to provide valuable information pertaining to Waterloo Engineering followed by dinner at the University Club.
New to Waterloo or Canada?
The city of Waterloo is a dynamic urban centre well known for its rich cultural diversity and high-tech savvy.
Often rated as one of the top 10 cities to live in Canada, Waterloo attracts top business talent and students from around the world advancing its reputation as one of the country’s smartest communities.
Waterloo, along with Kitchener and Cambridge, are known as the Tri-Cities. Over time, these three cities have grown so that their borders are no longer distinct and now share several services, such as bussing, through the larger Region of Waterloo.
You can find out more about the city of Waterloo on our Why Waterloo Page.
If you haven’t worked in Canada before, you’ll need to get a Social Insurance Number (SIN) and a bank to set up payment. You can find information about this along with other relocation services on the human resources site.
Essential Campus Resources and Services
Your WatIAM ID serves as your login to the majority of campus services, including HR, your workstation, and email. This process is automatically done by HR. You should have gotten an email from HR with your WatIAM ID and instructions on how to activate it and set a password.
NOTE: The steps in this email are time-sensitive. If you need the email to be resent, you will have to email firstname.lastname@example.org and request them to resend you the activation email. A WatIAM login is essential to be able to work at your full capacity.
Setting up e-mail and two-factor authentication
The University hopes to migrate from Exchange to Office365 by the end of 2020, as a result, the above instructions may be outdated.
Starting in November 2020, Waterloo will require the use of Two Factor Authentication(2FA) for many of these services and resources. You can view the IST site on how to set up 2FA
Workday is the service used to manage training, payroll information and vacation requests. You will need to go through the instructions listed under onboarding found on the Workday user guide site in order to start receiving payment.
Online Faculty Information System and personal web pages
The Online Faculty Information System (OFIS) is a faculty-member database that generates online profiles for faculty members using a combination of user-provided information and automatically generated data from several institutional sources such as Human Resources. In order to make full use of OFIS, faculty members need to add information about their activities not contained in other institutional databases. To set up an OFIS profile or for assistance with updating content, please contact Margaret O'Neill and Daniella Cross. If you wish to set up a personal webpage, you can use Open Scholar or request a WCMS website; please contact Daniella Cross for assistance with this.
Instructions to update OFIS or Open Scholar yourself are available on the Communications and Digital Media digital resources page. Login is required for this page - if you are not able to log in, contact Daniella Cross.
WatCard is the campus identification card. This card can be used to access a variety of campus services, including the library and health activities. In addition, funds can be put on the card and used at campus food services locations (WatCard purchases receive a 5% discount). To sign up for a WatCard, visit the faculty and staff site.
Parking and Getting Around Campus
Parking and getting to the main campus
Waterloo has several staff/faculty parking lots on campus. All parking is managed by Parking Services. To obtain a parking pass, visit the staff and faculty parking information page.
If you are interested in using the Grand River Transit to get to campus, please visit the corporate pass site for information about this service.
Finding your way around campus
The virtual campus map is a great resource for finding your way around the campus. The Waterloo Portal app also offers a handheld version of the map that works with your phone’s GPS to help you better navigate around campus.
Through the visitor center you can book a tour of the campus. In this tour you will see parts of the campus that you may normally not see.
Setting up your workspace
The following are some resources that will help you set up your Waterloo office:
If you need to work from home, the following resources will help you set up for success:
Some of the resources discussed in the above site include:
The following are considered mandatory training for all faculty at Waterloo.
Supervisor Training (Needed if you will be supervising graduate students)
Registration can be done through LEARN; instructions are provided through the course links above.
Other Training Resources
Safety Office Training website (Includes hazard-specific training)
Martin Scherer, Faculty Talent Recruitment and Equity Officer
519-888-4567, ext. 40306