Career workshops

FAUW offers a series of workshops to help you through key transitions in your academic career. We encourage you to attend, regardless of where you are on your career track—it’s never too early or too late!

The slides from previous workshops are available to download on this page. We also have information about many of these transitions in our Faculty Guide.

The Centre for Teaching Excellence runs an annual workshop on "Documenting Your Teaching for Tenure & Promotion" that complements this series.

For definite-term faculty

Definite-term contracts

Continuing appointments

  • This is covered briefly in the definite-term contracts session. There is little consistent information across campus about the process for getting continuing status, but many departments roughly follow the tenure process and you are welcome to attend the Applying for tenure workshop. The provost’s office has a Checklist for Continuing Lecturer Appointments (docx file) that departments must follow, and the Faculty of Math has more detailed procedures.

For probationary (tenure-track) faculty

The probationary contract period and applying for tenure can be intimidating. These workshops provide critical information on how to succeed and to ensure you know where and how to get your questions answered. They also clarify the expectations of your peers and of University policy during this process.

Navigating your first probationary term 

Applying for tenure 

For tenured/continuing faculty

Mid-career years

This workshop helps recently tenured/continuing faculty plan the next stages of your career. It is offered approximately every two years, with the next session tentatively planned for fall 2022.

2017–2020 workshop materials

Promotion to full professor

This workshop will walk you through the promotion process step by step and provide explanations of formal policy as well as practical tips to help you succeed. 

Retirement

We don't know yet if this will be a regular offering, but we hosted a panel of retirees on March 10, 2020, to talk about their experiences transitioning into retirement.

Learn more in FAUW's Faculty Guide to Working at Waterloo