This page lists staff and board members, including committee chairs. See also: Council of Representatives, Lecturers Committee, Status of Women & Equity Committee.

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Erin Windibank

Executive Manager
Erin Windibank
519-888-4567 ext.33787
Location: 
MC 4002

Meet Erin:

I provide support and strategic advice to FAUW’s directors, officers and committees, and oversee FAUW’s administrative operations. This role builds on my previous experience as a governance professional at both the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Outside the office I can almost always be found making noise: singing with the university choir, playing in the Balinese gamelan, and studying in diverse musical traditions including Japanese shakuhachi and West African drumming.

Group(s): 
Staff

Katie Damphouse

Academic Freedom & Tenure and Policy Officer
Katie Damphouse
519-888-4567 x32352
Location: 
MC 4004
Contact for: 
Workplace support and policy questions
Group(s): 
Staff

Laura McDonald

Community Relations Coordinator
Laura McDonald
519-888-4567 x35158
Location: 
MC 4003
Contact for: 
Website, memberships and mailing lists, events, social media

Meet Laura:

I manage FAUW's communications, events, membership records, and IT. I also provide support to the Lecturers Committee and Status of Women & Equity Committee

I have experience in magazine editing, website and social media management, professional organizing, and musical theatre production. I am an outdoor adventurer, hammock-dweller, and reader, often at the same time. You can follow me on Twitter @inhabitings and Instagram @in.habit.

Group(s): 
Staff

Bryan Tolson

President
Bryan Tolson
519-888-4567 x33377
Location: 
E2 2316
Contact for: 
Any questions, comments or suggestions about which you don't know who else to talk to; parental leave concerns

Meet Bryan:

My research is focused on modelling and optimization of water resources and environmental systems such as hydrologic systems and water distribution networks. I am based in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department and have been a professor at Waterloo since 2005. 

As FAUW president, I will endeavour to continue to improve policy and practice at UW impacting faculty working conditions. I will listen to faculty and make sure issues and concerns are discussed and addressed at the appropriate levels. I want to see faculty engagement with FAUW continue to increase.

In my spare time, I drive taxi to and from my boys’ sporting events and like to cheer on the Blue Jays.

Group(s): 
Executive officers; Directors

Shannon Dea

Vice President; Director (at-large)
Shannon Dea
519-888-4567 x32778
Location: 
HH 329

Meet Shannon:

My research areas include the history of philosophy, sex and gender issues, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. I am a current grad chair, faculty senator, and member of the board of governors. In the past, I have served as an undergraduate chair, as an academic program director, as a faculty teaching fellow, and in various other leadership roles at the university, and in national and international academic organizations.

My particular interests as a FAUW board member are equity and inclusiveness, good policy, and governance broadly construed. As well, I serve on the Faculty Relations Committee.

I'm happy to chat with faculty members about any issues they might like raised with the board, especially issues related to equity and to university policies and governance.

My hobbies include doing pub quizzes, cooking and eating out, and raising my eyebrow skeptically at the world. You can follow me on Twitter at @ShannonDea1.

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Directors

Dan Brown

Treasurer; Director (Mathematics)
Dan Brown
519-888-4567 X36278
Location: 
DC 2516
Contact for: 
Questions about the FAUW budget

Meet Dan:

I do research on a number of seemingly unrelated areas: design of algorithms for evolutionary tree recovery, teaching computers to write poems, analysis of music lyrics and genres, and harm reduction in gambling. It’s a funny career.

I’m the treasurer of the Faculty Association, and am serving on the Faculty Relations Committee. Previously, I’ve been quite active on FAUW’s Status of Women and Equity Committee, and on Senate. I am also my unit’s undergraduate director.

My partner Daniel and I, and our dog Rover, live in a loft in downtown Kitchener, where I cheerily garden tomatoes 20 metres in the sky.

Group(s): 
Executive officers; Directors

Sally Gunz

Past President
Sally Gunz
519-888-4567 x36524
Location: 
HH 386A
Contact for: 
Any questions, comments or suggestions about which you don't know who else to talk to

Meet Sally:

I am a professor in the School of Accounting and Finance, teaching business law and professional ethics. My research interests have focused on management issues relating to employed professionals; lawyers, accountants and actuaries in particular. My special focus has increasingly been ethical decision making by professionals both in employment contexts and in private practice.

I've previously served as chair of the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee of FAUW and I was president of FAUW from 2015 to 2017.

Group(s): 
Executive officers; Directors

Weizhen Dong

Chair, Status of Women & Equity Committee
Weizhen Dong
519-888-4567 x37768
Location: 
PAS 2059
Contact for: 
Concerns relating to inequity/inequality, exclusion, bias and discrimination

Meet Weizhen:

I am a faculty member from the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies, where I teach courses such as Comparative Healthcare Systems; Health, Illness and Society; and Sociology of Health. My scholarly work includes areas of social policy, social determinants of health, population health, and healthcare financing. Most of my research aims to explore ways in which equity and equality can be achieved in areas of social security and healthcare access, particularly for improving disadvantaged populations’ quality of life and overall wellbeing.

As Chair of the Status of Women and Equity Committee (SWEC), I wish to promote a healthy workplace culture that nurtures our fellow faculty members’ academic excellence and ensures all members’ wellbeing. I also want to promote respect and caring which should be the basis of inclusion on campus.

Group(s): 
Committee chairs and liaisons

Heidi Engelhardt

Director (at-large)
Heidi Engelhardt
519-888-4567 x38133
Location: 
B1 280
Contact for: 
Issues related to undergraduate teaching or working conditions for teaching-track faculty

Meet Heidi:

My research background is reproductive biology and I teach courses in cell biology, physiology and reproduction. I have been a faculty member in Biology since 2006, and a Lecturer since 2011. I am particularly interested in issues relating to the undergraduate experience and quality of life for teaching faculty.

I am also past chair of the Lecturers Committee and involved in many activities related to teaching and student support. I can often be found at the Grad House sampling their wonderful craft beers, or running on the streets and paths of Waterloo. My hope is that the latter offsets the former!

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Directors

George Freeman

Director (at-large)
George Freeman
519-888-4567 x32876
Location: 
EIT 4163
Contact for: 
Concerns or suggestions about how FAUW represents your interests

Meet George:

I'm from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and enjoy research in algorithms for signal processing. My favourite undergraduate teaching is first-year computer programming for biomedical engineering. I’m also preparing a new graduate course in statistics for biomedical engineering to launch in May 2017.

I've been around Waterloo (undergraduate student 1974-79, graduate student 1979-84, faculty member 1985-present) for some 42 years! From 2009-12, I was FAUW president and I now serve on the FAUW board as acting past president. I am passionate about academic freedom, collegial governance, and university quality. I'm currently part of a vibrant University committee working to redraft Policy 76 (Faculty Hiring).

In February, I like to be found with friends and family on the streets or beach of Bucerías, Nayarit, México — not too far from a bottle of Corona. I want to speak more Spanish but it's proving an uphill struggle!

Group(s): 
Directors

Craig Hardiman

Director (Arts)
Craig Hardiman
519-888-4567 x37505
Location: 
ML 229
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Directors

Natalie Hutchings

Director (Science)
Natalie Hutchings
519-888-4567 x36480
Location: 
OPT 339

Meet Natalie:

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Optometry & Vision Science. My research centres around clinical optics to diagnose and identify progression in eye conditions, and to understand the visual experience of spectacle lens wearers. In the optometry professional program, I teach courses on fundamental optics, and spectacle dispensing. As well, I provide clinical care and supervision of students in the University optometry clinic.  

I joined the FAUW board in 2016 and have worked with the FAUW consultative committee for Policy 42 (Protocol and Response to Sexual Violence) and am a FAUW representative on the Policy 33 Drafting Committee. Prior to joining the board, I was a member of the Status of Women & Equity Committee.

I spent many years in the School of Optometry’s classic rock band, “The Lost Faculties,” as their signature performer on cowbell.

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Directors

Peter Johnson

Director (Environment); communications lead
Peter Johnson
519-888-4567 x33078
Location: 
EV1 236
Contact for: 
questions about Board communications and the FAUW blog

Meet Peter:

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management. My research program investigates the application and evaluation of geospatial technologies, including open data and web-based mapping. I teach courses on introductory and advanced geographic information systems (GIS).

I have been on the FAUW board since 2016, and my current roles include assisting with communications and digital privacy issues. I am an avid mountain biker and can often be found riding the world-class trail system behind the Boardwalk. You can follow me on Twitter at @peterajohnson.

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Directors

Elise Lepage

Awards Coordinator
Elise Lepage
519-888-4567 x33593
Location: 
ML 330
Contact for: 
Award nominations

Meet Elise:

I have been an Assistant Professor in the Department of French Studies since 2011. I research and teach Québec and Canadian French minorities’ literatures and cultures, with a particular interest in post-industrial landscapes in visual arts and poetry.

I served on the FAUW Board 2015–2017 and now help FAUW coordinate nominations of faculty members for CAUT, OCUFA, and other awards.

When not on campus, my outdoorsy personality comes back full swing and I am off on trails biking or running – sometimes trailing or following my three children!

Heather Mair

Director (Applied Health Sciences)
Heather Mair
519-888-4567 x35917
Location: 
BMH 2208

Meet Heather:

My research interests include understanding the role of tourism, leisure, and sport in the development of communities. I have been involved in a wide range of projects including evaluating the role of social supports for women who have been incarcerated, assessing the impacts of tourism on rural communities, investigating curling clubs as spaces for health and wellbeing, and exploring the potential of food practices in fostering social activism. 

I have contributed to UW in many ways and have served on many committees. My leisure includes walking my dog near my home in Guelph, cuddling my two cats, and playing with my 6-year-old daughter. 

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Directors

Brent Matheson

Director (Lecturers)
Brent Matheson
519-888-4567 X37212
Location: 
M3 2006
Contact for: 
Issues concerning lecturers

I am a Continuing Lecturer in Math/Business and Accounting where I am the Program Director for the Financial Analysis and Risk Management (FARM) Program. I co-founded the program about 11 years ago.

Prior to coming to the University of Waterloo, I spent time in the insurance and accounting industries. In those roles, I worked primarily in the areas of investments audit and compliance as well as corporate insolvency.

I am a husband and a father of two children. In my spare time, I like to spend time in amusement parks with my family. The bigger the coaster, the better. My family have travelled extensively in Canada, the United States and even the United Kingdom to ride the biggest and best.

I am happy to hear from anyone with concerns that need to be brought to the attention of the Board.

Group(s): 
Directors

Christopher Small

Chair, Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee
Christopher Small
519-888-4567 x35541
Location: 
M3 4004
Contact for: 
Help with workplace issues such as tenure, sabbatical, performance evaluations, etc.

Meet Christopher:

I am a professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, with interests in probability theory and mathematical statistics.  I have an ex-officio role on the FAUW Board of Directors arising from my position as chair of the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee.

Group(s): 
Committee chairs and liaisons

Kathy Szigeti

Liaison, Librarians' Association of the University of Waterloo
Kathy Szigeti
519-888-4567 x38785
Location: 
DC 1553
Contact for: 
Issues related to librarians

About Kathy:

I am a librarian based in the DC library and have been at Waterloo since 2008, with responsibilities for chemistry, chemical engineering and research data management.

My research focuses on the information needs of researchers and how to meet those needs.

I am on the FAUW board as of 2016 and my role is ex officio representative for the Librarians’ Association of the University of Waterloo.

Group(s): 
Committee chairs and liaisons

Johanna Wandel

Director (at-large)
Johanna Wandel
519-888-4567 x38669
Location: 
EV1 126

I’m an Associate Professor in Geography and Environmental Management. My research is focused on human dimensions of climate change, particularly how human communities can, could, or should adapt to existing climate variability and future climate. I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in resource management and climate change, though I’m just as happy to take on undergraduate core disciplinary courses.

I’ve been at Waterloo since 2008. The longer I’m here, the more I see the value in taking on service commitments and realize just how much we, as faculty members, shape our institution. I’ve done a stint as interim chair of my department, I currently sit on Senate, and I have and continue to take on a diversity of committees including UARC, DACAs, departmental curriculum reviews and the like.

My not-at-work life revolves around outdoor activity, from sedate and dignified gardening to longish backcountry trips which are the polar opposite of that. In winter, I spend my time fighting with a frozen shut bike locker and going winter camping with a wood stove.

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Directors

Paul Ward

Director (Engineering)
Paul Ward
519-888-4567 x33127
Location: 
DC 2643
Group(s): 
Directors

Paul Wehr

Chair, Lecturers Committee
Paul Wehr
519-888-4567 x35333
Location: 
PAS 4037
Contact for: 
Concerns related to lecturers and teaching

Meet Paul:

My focus shifted from research to teaching in 2006 following my return from a two-year post-doc in Japan. After investing eight years in UBC classrooms, I accepted a Lecturer position in the Psychology department here at Waterloo. Originally trained as a researcher in evolutionary psychology, today I enjoy guiding students on their journeys through introductory level psychology, evolutionary psychology, and research methods for the behavioural sciences.

Why move to Waterloo from Vancouver? Better opportunities to contribute to the university community was one reason (another was housing prices). As a past member of the board on the Faculty Association and current Chair of the Lecturers Committee, my efforts are concentrated on teaching related issues that affect all members. 

I’m a Father, a Son, and a Husband.

Group(s): 
Committee chairs and liaisons

Denise Whitehead

Liaison, St. Jerome's University Academic Staff Association
Denise Whitehead
519-884-8110 x28281
Location: 
STJ 1002

Meet Denise:

I am an assistant professor in Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies at St. Jerome’s University where my teaching focuses on the formation and dissolution of close relationships. My research is on family law issues, including children’s experiences of shared custody, fathering after separation, the voice of the child, and building a KW-Guelph Community of Practice for diverse professionals who serve families in transition.

I am Vice President of the St. Jerome’s University Academic Staff Association, having previously served as Acting Secretary. I am a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and locally, the Waterloo Region Law Association.

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Committee chairs and liaisons

Alfred Yu

Hagey Lecture Committee Chair
519-888-4567 x36908
Location: 
EIT 4125
Contact for: 
Hagey Lectures
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Committee chairs and liaisons

Alan Macnaughton

Liaison, Pension & Benefits Committee
519-888-4567 x35944
Location: 
HH 3119
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Committee chairs and liaisons