Katie Damphouse
519-888-4567 x32352
MC 4004
Contact for: 
Workplace support and policy questions, finding a mentor

Meet Katie:

I support faculty with workplace-related issues, including accommodations and interpreting policy and the Memorandum of Agreement. I've helped more than 300 faculty members in my time with FAUW and have been doing workplace, family, and court-ordered mediation for 10 years as a certified mediator (through the Alternative Dispute Resolution institutes of Ontario and Canada).

When I don't get my fill of conflict resolution at work, I volunteer as a mediator with Community Justice Initiatives, fight the weeds in my garden, and coach my kids' baseball and soccer teams.

Laura McDonald
519-888-4567 x35158
MC 4003
Contact for: 
your membership status, where to find information, FAUW events

Pronouns: she/her

Meet Laura:

I manage FAUW's communications, events, membership records, and IT. I also provide support to various FAUW committees and volunteers.

My background is in magazine editing, web content management, and theatre production. When I'm not at work, I'm generally reading, rock climbing, canoe tripping, hiking, or lounging in a hammock, often in some combination.

To submit a post for the FAUW blog, email me a brief pitch.

To share a university event or initiative with faculty members via our monthly e-newsletter or social media, email me a link and a brief description. Note that this will only reach faculty members represented by FAUW, and that we do not send standalone emails on behalf of University departments.

Lori Curtis

(Please note that the FAUW President email is also monitored by FAUW staff.)

Meet Lori:

Since coming to UW, I have been an active participant on departmental, faculty, and university level committees that allow faculty to have input on their working environment. In the last 12 years of working with FAUW, I have been a strong proponent for faculty on the Pension and Benefits Committee (P&B), the Faculty Relations Committee (FRC), the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee (AF&T), and in policy development.

I have been Chair of AF&T for the past three years. I've worked diligently to secure the equitable treatment of all faculty members, to safeguard their academic freedom, and ensure that collegially developed UW policies are equitably adhered to within the university. I have assisted individual faculty members with the tenure and promotion process; during investigative processes; and with obtaining the benefits they deserve at work, on leave, and even into retirement. I have witnessed inequitable treatment of faculty that was not successfully remediated, whether because there were no relevant policies, administrative interpretation of policy differed substantially from FAUW/AF&T, or policies were outdated. In many cases, the faculty members were marginalized, precariously employed, newly appointed, and/or experiencing health issues.

When issues are brought to AF&T, it is up to the individual faculty member—with the assistance of AF&T—to fight for their rights. I take all this experience and knowledge with me as I become President of FAUW and move to working on matters that affect faculty at large.

Kate Lawson
519-888-4567 x33965
HH 264

Pronouns: she/her

About Kate:

I am a faculty member in the Department of English Language and Literature. My research areas are in Victorian literature and culture, particularly fiction of the 1840s and 1850s.

I have served as department chair and undergraduate associate chair. I am former president and former board chair of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA).

My particular interests as a FAUW board member are ensuring good terms and conditions of employment for all faculty members; fair representation for contract faculty; and fair evaluation of teaching activity. I am also concerned with UW’s policy negotiation and policy approval framework and in how provincial funding policy affects UW. As of July 1, 2020, I will serve on the Faculty Relations Committee.

I'm happy to chat with faculty members about any issues they might like raised with the FAUW board.

Heidi Engelhardt
519-888-4567 x38133
B1 280

About Heidi:

I am a Lecturer in the Department of Biology. This is my third term on the FAUW Board. My research background is reproductive physiology and I teach courses in cell biology, physiology (human/animal) and reproduction. I have been at Waterloo since 2006, moving from research to teaching track in 2011. Because I teach approximately 2,500 students per year, I am particularly interested in quality of life for frontline instructors. However, having ‘worn both hats’ gives me a perspective into the issues faced by both research and teaching track faculty. In addition to contributions through FAUW, I am involved with many undergraduate-related initiatives at the departmental, faculty, and university levels.

To blow off steam, I can often be found at the Grad House sampling their wonderful craft brews, or running on the streets and paths of Waterloo Region. My hope is that the latter offsets the former! I have recently started a running club for students, faculty, staff that you are all invited to join.

The Academic Freedom & Tenure (AF&T) Committee provides confidential support to individual members with workplace issues of all kinds.

519-888-4567 x49152
ML 236A

The Equity Committee engages in educational and advocacy activities related to equity issues, and liaises with related committees of the University, OCUFA and CAUT.

Su-Yin Tan
519-888-4567 x38772
EV1 227
Contact for: 
Issues related to lecturers.

The Lecturers Committee is a standing committee that gathers information and discusses matters pertaining to the working conditions of lecturers, and conveys issues raised by lecturers to the Board.

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