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.
Our purpose is to represent and defend the interests of our members. We do this by negotiating our working conditions, advocating for member rights, and connecting with faculty members across campus and the country. Join us in our efforts to make Waterloo a better place to work and learn.
FAUW is the official representative of the bargaining unit that includes all “regular faculty” at the University of Waterloo as set out in Policy 76 – Faculty Appointments. We currently have approximately 1,350 members.
- 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
- faculty at St. Jerome's, Grebel, St. Paul's, or Renison
See section 2.1 of the Memorandum of Agreement for more information.
*Faculty at Grebel and St. Paul's can join, but will have to start paying dues; Renison faculty are affiliate members of FAUW via the Renison Association of Academic Staff; St. Jerome's faculty are members of the SJU Academic Staff Association.
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.
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.
More about FAUW
- Membership: While FAUW represents all regular faculty, you have to join to be a voting member. Joining doesn't change your deductions.
- Committees and representatives: Most of our work is done by our elected Board of Directors and our committee members, with input from the Council of Representatives.
- Constitution: Our constitution governs how we operate.
- History: Online archives include our print newsletters from 1999-2012, faculty salary settlements, past presidents, recipients of the FAUW Appreciation Award and Equity & Inclusivity Award and the Hagey Lecture series.