Acting as a director of the Faculty Association is an opportunity for you to represent your colleagues and contribute to the collegial governance model of the University. It is a great way to gain experience with the functioning of the University, including developing, revising, and enforcing the various policies that members of the University of Waterloo community are subject to.
We're glad you're interested in running and hope that this page provides you with the information you need to make a decision. If you still have questions, please reach out to a member of the Elections Committee.
What qualifications do I need?
You don’t need extensive existing knowledge of University governance as a new Board member; FAUW aims to make the Board a supportive environment in which you learn as you go.
You do need to be a voting member of FAUW with a commitment to representing the best interests of your colleagues.
What would I actually do?
Directors are expected to stay current on issues before the Board and to attend biweekly meetings (Thursdays from 2:30–4:30 p.m.) from September to June and 4–6 other FAUW meetings per year, such as General Meetings and Council of Representatives meetings.
Beyond that, we encourage Board members to have, or develop, their own interests in leading special projects that work for positive change in the University experience. For example, you might sit on a mental health committee, develop resources to advise faculty, or bring up unit-specific issues that are not yet on the Board’s radar. These projects often become collaborations with other, similarly passionate directors. In this way, you can build your service responsibility to the University in a way that is both relevant to your performance review and personally interesting and rewarding.
How much time am I committing to?
With project work, the time commitment at times exceeds that necessary for biweekly meetings, but this extra time is spent working on goals that are important to you. On average, current Board members report spending 2–4 hours a week over the whole experience and note that this time can be accommodating of personal and family schedules.
If, in your second (or later) year on the Board you join the executive and/or the Faculty Relations Committee, your time commitment will increase significantly, but teaching releases are available.
What's it actually like?
Here’s what current directors have to say about their time on the Board:
Serving on the FAUW Board has been one of my most rewarding experiences at University of Waterloo. I have learned tons about how the university works and about differences across the various faculties and departments. I value in particular the opportunity to work with colleagues from across the disciplines. It’s great to get out of our disciplinary 'silos' and work together with folks from all over campus to try to make the university run well and treat people fairly.
I’ve been delighted to be involved with FAUW these past couple years: it’s a great way to understand the University as a whole, and to both focus on what’s wonderful about Waterloo as a university and a workplace, and help fix some of the problems that inevitably happen here.
Being on the FAUW Board has taken me out of my Science bubble and given me insight into what makes this university tick. There is definitely a time and energy commitment beyond the biweekly meetings, but none of this is make-work—you will find yourself getting drawn into issues you really care about. Warning: involvement with FAUW can be highly addictive!
Hear from other Board members and ask your questions at the FAUW Service Opportunities information session on March 5.