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 and is characterized by its attempts to reach negotiated agreements with the administration. We hope that you will join us in our attempts to make this a better place by improving our conditions of employment.
Who we represent
FAUW is the official representative of the bargaining unit that includes all “regular faculty” as set out in Policy 76 – Faculty Appointments.
- lecturers (both definite term and continuing)
- assistant professors
- associate professors
- clinical faculty at any of those ranks
- part-time faculty with definite term appointments of one year or more
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 if 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 informal and formal conflict resolutions processes.
3. We 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.
We also connect faculty to our provincial and national associations: the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).
- Membership: While FAUW represents all regular faculty, you have to opt in to become a member.
- Board of Directors: The Board meets bi-weekly September through June to conduct the day-to-day business of the Association.
- Council of Representatives: The Council provides two-way communication between the FAUW Board and faculty members in individual academic units.
- Committees: Much of FAUW's work is carried out by committees.
- 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.