About the Faculty Association

Founded in 1957, 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.

We are a separate organization from the University and exist solely to support the interests of our members. The Association is governed by an elected Board of Directors and employs three staff members.

We hope that you will join us in our attempts to make Waterloo a better place to work by improving our conditions of employment.

What FAUW does for you

1. We negotiate

We negotiate salaries during bargaining periods, benefits via representatives on the Pension & Benefits Committee, and changes in University policy and terms of employment (including the Memorandum of Agreement) via the Faculty Relations Committee (FRC) and representatives on University committees and working groups. This work is done by the elected Board of Directors and appointed committee members who dedicate their service time to FAUW.

FRC provides a regular forum for discussing and resolving issues that affect faculty members and is responsible for developing and revising policies that concern terms and conditions of employment of faculty members.

2. We advocate

We provide confidential support for faculty members and defend members’ individual and collective rights through both informal and formal processes. This work is largely done by the Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee.

We advocate for equity, human rights, and other issues on campus through our Equity and Lecturers committees and Indigenization and Climate Justice working groups.

We also participate in advocacy at the provincial and national levels through the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).

3. We inform & connect

In-person and online, we bring faculty together across campus and keep members informed about issues affecting faculty at Waterloo & around the world. We do this through blog posts, email, social media, workshops and events, the Council of Representatives, and general meetings. This work is done by Board and committee members, and staff.

We also connect you with faculty across the province and country through OCUFA and CAUT.

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