The Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo (FAUW) is not a union, but officially represents all regular faculty members who hold definite term, probationary, tenured, or continuing appointments.
Founded in 1957 to represent the interests of faculty members in a wide range of areas that affect them at the University, FAUW has negotiated a Memorandum of Agreement with the University that provides a framework governing all aspects of the relationship between the University and faculty members.
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 with us in our attempts to make this a better place by improving our conditions of employment.
What FAUW does for you
The principal functions of the Association include:
Negotiating salaries & benefits
A team selected by the FAUW Board of Directors negotiates yearly salary changes with a team appointed by the Administration. The Board also nominates three FAUW members to represent faculty interests on the University Pension and Benefits Committee, and liaises regularly with these representatives on developing issues.
Negotiating changes in policy & terms of employment
Five members of the FAUW Board sit on the Faculty Relations Committee (FRC), a consultative committee with equal representation from the Administration and the Association. The committee provides a regular forum for the discussion of issues that affect faculty members and is the body responsible for the development and revision of policies that concern terms and conditions of employment of faculty members. The committee meets bi-weekly from September to June. Watch a quick video explaining FRC.
Advising & protecting faculty members
The Association's Academic Freedom and Tenure (AF&T) Committee assists faculty members with any problem arising with administration regarding terms and conditions of employment. This includes offering advice and guidance on tenure and promotion issues, on annual performance reviews, and on pension and benefit questions that have not been resolved.
The Committee also plays an important advisory role in the development and revision of University policies involving terms and conditions of employment of faculty members and of Memorandum of Agreement articles.
Connecting with faculty members across Canada
FAUW maintains regular contact with other faculty associations across Canada through its membership in the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), and through these organizations participates in attempts to influence government policy affecting the university community.
Our membership in OCUFA and CAUT also makes University of Waterloo faculty eligible for the services and assistance provided by these organizations.
Providing information to faculty members
The Association regularly publishes blog posts on matters of concern to faculty members and provides an opportunity for discussion. The Association also holds general meetings and information sessions, and communicates with faculty members on important issues by email.
Providing responsible governance
The FAUW Board of Directors provides reports on Association activities at the spring general meeting held early in April – when Board elections take place – and at the fall general meeting in December, and invites feedback from members at these meetings.
A council of representatives selected by the Association members of each department or school provides the FAUW Board with another opportunity to consult with its membership. We welcome your questions or comments at any time.
- 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.