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've recently become FAUW's president, having previously served as treasurer for four years. My priority as president is to support our colleagues from across campus, as we deal with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and need to make sure that the whole university comes out of the crisis in good shape.
My partner Daniel and I live in a loft in downtown Kitchener, where I cheerfully garden tomatoes and sunflowers 20 metres in the sky and he kayaks as much as he can on the Grand River.
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.
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.
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.
I am honoured to be a member of the UW’s FAUW Board, as the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (AHS) representative. I actually have a joint appointment in the AHS Faculty, in the School of Public Health and Health Systems, and the Faculty of Mathematics, in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science. I have been at the university and a FAUW member for 15 years, and I have appreciated the critical efforts that the FAUW Board has consistently made on behalf of its members. Now, I would like to do my part. I also look forward to participating in the FAUW Climate Justice Working Group.
For a number of years now, I have served on the university’s Human Research Ethics Board, and for the past year I was the Math Faculty’s HeForShe Advocate. I look forward to working with my colleagues across the University of Waterloo on vital issues of concern to faculty members, especially with all the challenges in front of us due to the pandemic and other global challenges.
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.
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.
I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management. My research focuses on understanding how governments, citizens, and private companies share information through geospatial technology, including open data, social media, mobile devices, and the process of crowdsourcing.
I believe that a strong Faculty Association is a necessary component to the collegial governance model used at the University of Waterloo. FAUW's work is critical to supporting not only the daily functioning of campus, but also strategically shaping how different working groups interact to solve longstanding challenges and improve the working conditions for all.
In my leisure time, I enjoy mountain biking, drinking craft beer, and running around after my kids.
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.
I am a lecturer in the School of Computer Science and primarily teach courses to first and second year CS students. My current research interests revolve around teaching pedagogy. I am also a CS Academic Advisor for undergraduate students.
In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, like to binge watch tv-shows, dabble in home-automation gadgets and research DIY projects that I never complete.
I am a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. My research interests are centered around the interdisciplinary field of biomedical ultrasonics (my lab's website: https://lit-mus.org). I teach a variety of courses in ECE and biomedical engineering. I also take on a multitude of service roles on campus and in my professional community. Prior to joining the FAUW Board, I chaired FAUW's Hagey Lectures Committee for three years. Externally, I serve as the Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, and I serve on the governing board of major ultrasonics societies and on the grant panels of major funding bodies.
As a FAUW Director, I am interested in strengthening our school's governance framework to foster a strong "research and educate" culture, which is after all supposed to be the unwavering mission of an academic. What our colleagues and students need is a conducive academic culture for them to learn, to grow, to achieve, and to become leaders in their field. We should institute fair policies that would promote the growth of members in the UW community and that would not disfavor the underprivileged ones.
Outside work, I enjoy spending quality time with my family. I also enjoy listening to weekly news podcasts and doing casual workouts.