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.
The Faculty Association has a tradition of collegiality. We hope that you will join us in our attempts to make this a better place by improving our conditions of employment.
Who does FAUW represent?
FAUW is the official representative of the bargaining unit that includes all “regular faculty” as set out in Policy 76 – Faculty Appointments.
- lecturers with appointments of one year or longer
- assistant professors
- associate professors
- clinical faculty at any of those ranks
- part-time faculty with definite term appointments of one year or longer
We do not represent:
- faculty members with administrative positions at the level of dean or above;
- graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research assistants, or research associates
- research professors
- other “special appointments” such as visiting professors
- sessional instructors
We do, however, provide support to faculty members we don’t represent, should they need it.
See section 2.1 of the Memorandum of Agreement for more information.
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.
2. We advocate
We provide confidential support for faculty members and defend members’ individual and collective rights through both informal and formal processes.
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, social events, the Council of Representatives, and general meetings.
- Membership: While FAUW represents all regular faculty, you have to opt in to become a voting member. There is no change to your deductions when you join.
- Committees and representatives: FAUW's work is overseen by our elected Board of Directors with input from the Council of Representatives, and much of our work is carried out by committee members.
- Constitution: FAUW's constitution is available online.
- History: Online archives are available for FAUW's arbitration history, past presidents, print newsletters from 1999-2012, faculty salary settlements, and the Hagey Lecture series.