Faculty guide to working at Waterloo

The FAUW Faculty Guide

We've learned a lot from six decades of advising—and being—faculty members at Waterloo and are sharing that insight with you here.

I wish I had this when I was starting out—I hope new faculty read it, and more senior faculty make use of it when mentoring early-career faculty members.

How to use this guide

The guide is designed so you can read one page at a time to find answers to specific questions. Or, read the first section of each page for a crash course in faculty working conditions at UW.

To help you find what you're looking for, most pages in the guide follow the same format:

  1. What you need to know: The highlights and must-know facts
  2. Where to find information: Links to policies and other official documentation
  3. Who to talk to: The specific people or departments who can fill in the gaps and provide support
  4. Questions to ask: How to track down information that varies by Faculty/department/individual case
  5. FAUW's advice: Our own take on a topic—often information you won't get from official sources

Some pages also have a "further reading" section, with resources for learning more about a topic beyond what's happening at Waterloo.

The pages are arranged by category on this page, and alphabetically in the site menu.

If your question isn't answered by the guide or the links provided, don't hesitate to get in touch with someone at FAUW.

One-on-one advising also available

The advice here is a starting point. Everyone's experience at Waterloo is unique, which is why we also provide confidential support to individual faculty members for workplace issues of all kinds through our Academic Freedom & Tenure (AF&T) Committee.

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