The successful candidates from Arts, Engineering, Environment, Mathematics, and Science are, respectively: Alice Kuzniar, Paul Ward, Daniel Cockayne, Dan Brown, and Vivian Choh (read more about the directors-elect).
We received no nominations from members in Applied Health Sciences, so this position will be vacant until the Board can fill it by appointment.
Arts: Alice Kuzniar, Germanic & Slavic Studies
I am a Professor of German Studies, with a joint appointment in English. My teaching ranges from the occasional graduate class in animal studies to a 150-student first-year global cinema course every fall. I also regularly teach an undergraduate class on glbtiq cinema. As of July 1, I hold a University Research Chair. It’s been almost a decade since I came to UW, after teaching for 25 years at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Comparison between university governance here and at my previous institution makes me realize what a precious resource we have in FAUW. For a number of years here I have had the privilege to serve on the Faculty Tenure and Promotion Committee where I have supported the strengths and diversities of various Arts faculty.
Going forward, I recognize with FAUW the need to extend our advocacy to lecturers and their precarious employment situation. I am committed to inclusiveness and equity and know that today there is a rising tide to silence the voices of scholars who speak up for human rights. What concerns me the most, though, in higher education now and at UW in particular, is the ever diminishing support for the arts, humanities, and social sciences with shrinkage to faculty, support staff, and the number and diversity of classes offered. Faculty have less and less say in the decisions being made about such cuts. Academic freedom to teach what we regard as important to education is challenged in a climate of increasing reductions and restrictions.
Engineering: Paul Ward, Electrical and Computer Engineering
I have been a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering since 2001 and the Faculty of Engineering FAUW Representative since 2016. In addition to regular board-member duties, representing the interests of UW engineering faculty, I have served as the OCUFA Representative (in particular, helping to ensure that our pensions are not interferred with by the government and lobbying the government on behalf of UW faculty), the FAUW representative on the President's Advisory Committee on Student Mental Health (PAC-SMH), and one of the FAUW members of the Fall-Break Committee (FBC). I would like to remain on the FAUW Board to continue to represent your interests at the FAUW Board level and at the OCUFA level, to ensure that the recommendations from the PAC-SMH report make it into the UW policy, including especially those that are of direct benefit to faculty mental-health issues, and to ensure that your voice is heard on fall-break concerns and any other issues.
Environment: Daniel Cockayne, Geography and Environmental Management
My name is Daniel Cockayne and I’m an Assistant Professor in the department of Geography and Environmental Management in the Faculty of Environment. I am currently my department’s representative for FAUW, and an active member of the Indigenization working group.
I’m seeking to join the FAUW board as the Faculty of Environment’s director for a number of reasons. The activities of FAUW closely relate to my scholarly research interests that include the themes of labor equity and the politics of work. In addition to the focus of these scholarly pursuits, as a recent graduate and early career scholar with many connections to those in continuing positions of precarity in the academy, I believe that I can offer expertise that would be of direct use to FAUW as it seeks to improve the working conditions of everyone at the University of Waterloo, and in particular those who are not yet formally represented in FAUW’s membership. I have already written about these themes in the context of both entrepreneurship and workplace practices in the academy.
As a recent immigrant, I believe I can also offer insight into the likely experiences and common difficulties of new faculty and others emigrating to Canada, which has been of recent interest to FAUW’s equity committee. For these reasons, and as a queer scholar, with research interests that focus on queer and feminist theory, I am keenly interested in inclusion and commitments to diversity at the University of Waterloo, and as the director representing Environment will strive to assist and advise FAUW in this regard.
Math: Dan Brown, Computer Science
I am particularly enthusiastic about FAUW’s role in the collegial governance of the University. Waterloo’s model, where our Faculty Association is always negotiating with the administration on issues ranging from working conditions to tenure policies to grievance procedures, requires board members with detailed knowledge of university governance.
I have been FAUW’s treasurer since joining the FAUW board in 2016. I serve on the Faculty Relations Committee, and was on the search committees for the VP Academic and Provost (twice) and for the Registrar (as FAUW’s representative). I also am FAUW’s representative to the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Timetabling, and am FAUW’s point person on the Waterloo Budget Model. Previously, I served on FAUW’s Status of Women and Equity Committee, and as SWEC or FAUW delegate to several university committees. I also was Waterloo’s Academic Colleague at the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) and spent six years on UW Senate. I am also Director of Undergraduate Studies for Computer Science, so I work all the time on some pain points in the day-to-day teaching careers of many FAUW members.
My academic research is mainly on junctions between computer science and other fields, notably music and biology.
I find that FAUW service gives me an appealing chance to learn what’s going on around the campus, and I look forward to continuing to work with my FAUW colleagues in a second term on our board.
Science: Vivian Choh, School of Optometry and Vision Science
Prior to becoming a faculty member, I undertook training at UofT, Waterloo, and UC Berkeley, which, together with my former role as a director on the FAUW Board, has given me some insight into governance at various institutions. I am cross-appointed with the Department of Biology, and being a reviewer for both vision- and biology-based journals has permitted an understanding of both basic science and clinical faculty/research issues.
I have served as a program committee member for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, an international research organisation that hosts about 12,000 researchers at their annual research meeting, and more locally, I am the technical director for a local women's hockey league. The experiences of sitting on these committees, in addition to serving at all levels at the University (the University's Faculty Relations Committee, University's Animal Care Committee, the Faculty of Science Council, Graduate Officer for Vision Science, and Promotion and Tenure Committee for the School, to name a few) have helped to broaden my perspective on the needs of various groups at the University and in the community.
What do directors do?
The Board oversees all FAUW functions, including policy development, salary negotiations, the protection of member rights, and events and services for members.
Directors are expected to stay current on issues before the Board, and to attend biweekly Board meetings on Thursday afternoons from September through June and 4–6 other FAUW meetings or events per year. Typically, a board member will also assume a leadership role on a particular matter within the Board mandate that is of personal interest, which Faculty members might find to be a desirable way to fill their service requirement. The total time commitment for a new Board member is in the range of 2-3 hours per week for the September–June period.
It is important to a well-functioning Board that we have representation from the full diversity of faculty members at the University of Waterloo.
- For a more formal statement of Board governance and responsibilities, please see the FAUW Constitution and our Memorandum of Agreement with the University.
- See "So you're thinking about running for the FAUW Board..." for more information on what it’s like to be on the Board.