The 2021 FAUW Board of Directors elections are coming up. Here's what you need to know, as a voter, candidate, or nominator.
What are we voting on?
The election is for:
- one director who is a lecturer, elected by and from voting members with lecturer appointments, for a two-year term starting July 1, 2021
- four at-large directors, elected by and from all voting members, for two-year terms starting July 1, 2021
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. The total time commitment for a new Board member is around three 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. We particularly encourage members from underrepresented groups, such as Black and Indigenous faculty and faculty members with disabilities, to run.
- See "So you're thinking about running for the FAUW Board..." for more about what it’s like to be on the Board.
- Attend the FAUW Service Opportunities information session on March 9.
- For official explanations of Board governance and responsibilities, please see the FAUW Constitution and our Memorandum of Agreement with the University.
- Read "The FAUW Board: A great way to get started in collegial governance" on our blog.
Only faculty members and librarians at the University of Waterloo and its Affiliated and Federated Institutions who have opted in as voting members of the Faculty Association are eligible to run, nominate candidates, and vote.
Members who have voting membership in the Renison Association of Academic Staff are not eligible.
Not a voting member yet? Join now.
Here's the easiest way to check if you have voting rights: Voting members' emails from FAUW have [FAUW Voters] in the subject line. Non-voters' emails start with just [FAUW].
Candidates and nominators: Please make sure you're a voting member before submitting the nomination form.
Voters: Due to the technical requirements of setting up the online polls, you'll need to join by March 24 to access the polls.
- Download a nomination form (PDF).
- Get it signed by any three voting members of FAUW (digital signatures are okay and you don't need to get all three signatures on the same copy of the file).
- Submit your nomination form online by 4:30 on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
- Fill out the Candidate Information Form (you'll get a link to this after you submit your nomination form) by noon on Friday, March 26 to submit your candidate statement and photo.
- Mac Preview users might experience problems with the buttons for selecting which position you're running for. You can get around this by filling out the form in Adobe Reader or simply using the Markup tools to indicate your selection (e.g. drawing an X beside it or circling it).
- Every year, we get at least one nominator who thinks they're a voting member but isn't, so get your nominators to check.
- There is more detail about the process on the nomination form submission page.
Can I run for both positions?
No, you can only run for one position in a given year. The Board approved this rule in 2018.
Can I nominate someone else?
There is no way to nominate someone without their participation, but if you know someone you think would make a good Board member, you can encourage them to run and then sign their nomination form, or recommend them to the Elections Committee.
When do we vote?
Voting will open on March 31. Eligible voters will receive a link to the online poll when it opens.
The results will be announced at the Spring General Meeting on April 16.