I provide support and strategic advice to FAUW’s directors, officers, and committees, and oversight of FAUW’s administrative functions. My background is in Labour Relations, specifically in the broader public sector and post secondary education fields.
Outside of my professional life, I'm involved in the Canadian Kennel Club Dachshund breed association with my two retired show dogs, and enjoy restoring mid-century modern Danish furniture. Most importantly, I'm the proud father of two amazing children.
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.
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, hiking, canoe tripping, or lounging in a hammock, often in 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.
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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.