Our People - Directors

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): 
Directors; Executive committee
Shannon Dea
519-888-4567 x32778
Location: 
HH 329
Contact for: 
Council of Representatives; running in a FAUW election

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.

Group(s): 
Directors; Executive committee; Elections Committee
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 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): 
Directors; Executive committee
Vivian Choh
519-888-4567 x35005
Location: 
OPT 260
Group(s): 
Directors
Daniel Cockayne
519-888-4567 x35783
Location: 
EV1 103A

Meet Daniel:

I am an economic geography who does research on entrepreneurship and workplace culture in startup firms. More broadly I am interested in work and anti-work politics, with intellectual commitment ranging from Marx, to poststructuralism, to queer, feminist and affect theory.

As Environment Board member for FAUW, I’m interested broadly in work equity on campus, particularly as it pertains to broader circumstances of precarious employment circumstances that increasingly define work for many in the University setting.

In my spare time I like to read novels, and sing with the University Chamber Choir. I also sing with DaCapo Chamber.

Group(s): 
Directors
Dina Dawoud
519-888-4567 x31510
Location: 
M3 3126

Meet Dina:

I’m a lecturer with Statistics and Actuarial Science, and currently director of the International Exchange program in the Faculty of Mathematics. I am also part of the undergraduate student academic advising team in my department. The roles that I take on have given me the opportunity to interact with students in various ways and have exposed me to some of their life experiences. Through training and practice I have been able to adapt my focus towards how best to help them and guide them in their concerns.

My roles have also allowed me to interact with faculty and other advisors across campus. In attending a variety of campus-wide seminars, training sessions, committee meetings, and conferences I have been able to gain a better idea of the perspective that faculty and other advisors bring to the table when it comes to their careers and how to best to support our student body.

I hope to actively bring these perspectives to my time in FAUW and look forward to learning more.

In my day-to-day life I keep busy by caring for my dog, Nala, staying active, and serving in my community. Having lived in a handful of countries in Africa and toured several parts of the United States, I hope to take the next year or so to widen my travel adventures into Europe.

Group(s): 
Directors; Elections Committee
Narveen Jandu
519-888-4567 x31567
Location: 
BMH 2709

Meet Narveen:

Currently, I’m a faculty member with the School of Public Health and Health Studies (SPHHS). Here I have the unique opportunity to combine my background in microbial pathogenesis and vaccine-preventable diseases to teach courses on the biomedical determinants of health. In prior academic positions, I had been a member of faculty senate, initiated a new faculty support group, participated in a peer lead pedagogy group and been involved with a research-writing group. As a member of FAUW, I look forward to incorporating past experiences into action-oriented resources for my colleagues, peers and others here at U Waterloo.

Throughout my academic journey, I’ve been fortunate to have lived and travelled throughout North America and have also spent time in Europe and Australia with aspirations to travel the far east. But no matter what, I always enjoyed coming home to Kitchener-Waterloo (where I was born & raised) and spending time at the family cottage on Lake Huron.

Group(s): 
Directors
Alice Kuzniar
519-888-4567 x33386
Location: 
ML 206

Meet Alice:

I hold a University Research Chair and am cross-appointed in German and English. Prior to coming to UW in 2008, I taught at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, for 25 years. I have published books on German Romanticism and the history of homeopathy, dogs in art and literature, and queer German cinema. One of my favourite teaching assignments is every fall a large first-year lecture class on global cinema. I also regularly teach a GLBTIQ2 undergraduate cinema class.

I look forward to serving as the Faculty of Arts representative on the FAUW Board and am particularly committed to issues of equity and inclusiveness and to challenges facing academic freedom today. I am also concerned about the impact of cuts to the Faculty of Arts, such as increased class sizes or the conditions of employment for lecturers.

In my spare time, I walk with my whippets, garden, and alternate evenings between the Princess Cinema and the KW Chamber Music Society.

Group(s): 
Directors
Patrick Lam
Location: 
DC 2534

Meet Patrick:

I'm a faculty member with Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Director of the Software Engineering Program through December 2019, which means that I get to learn about both Math and Engineering processes. My research is at the intersection of programming languages and software engineering: understanding how developers use programming language features and proposing novel language extensions.

In my 10+ years at Waterloo, I've noticed that many things do work well here, and I'd like to contribute towards keeping things that way.

In my spare time I like to climb cliffs (occasionally mountains in other provinces and countries), as well as practicing judo. Also I ride my bike to the University year round.

Group(s): 
Directors
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; Executive committee; Elections Committee
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.

Group(s): 
Directors; Executive committee
Paul Ward
519-888-4567 x33127
Location: 
DC 2643
Group(s): 
Directors; Elections Committee