Information for chairs and directors

Chairs and directors are our members and have access to all of our services and supports. 

FAUW's membership

FAUW represents all regular faculty below the level of dean, including chairs, directors, and associate deans. You can come to FAUW for help as a member yourself, as well as in your leadership role.

There is a short online form required to become a voting member, which allows you to vote in elections, attend general meetings, and join the board or committees.

How FAUW works

The Board of Directors and FRC

FAUW is governed by an elected Board of Directors. The president and four other members of the Board make up the Executive Committee, who also serve as FAUW's delegation to the Faculty Relations Committee (FRC), where the most decision-making with administration happens. In particular, FRC is where policies are approved that govern the terms and conditions of employment of our members, including chairs/directors. Those four people are selected by the president from among the current Board members.

Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee

The Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee (or AF&T) helps faculty members with workplace processes, questions, and problems, including member-to-member conflicts. It operates confidentially, reporting to the Board only on trends that might need a broad response and to the Executive on matters requiring review.

Council of Representatives

One representative from every academic unit sits on the FAUW Council. It's up to your unit how you choose that person, but it should be someone who is comfortable engaging with their colleagues to share information and solicit feedback regularly. We share updates at least once a month, hold meetings in fall and winter, and ask for input on issues before the Board intermittently. You will hear from us each September asking for the name of your unit's representative, but you’re welcome to select that representative at any time.

FAUW staff

FAUW has three staff members who support our work:

  • Erin, our executive manager, supports the Executive and Board. She's a good person to ask her about the inner workings of FAUW or FAUW's take on a policy.
  • Katie is our AF&T and policy officer. She supports individual faculty members and advises on policy development and interpretation. She can help you and your colleagues navigate individual situations. 
  • Laura, our communications officer, handles the association's communications and events, and also supports the Council of Representatives. She can direct you to information about anything FAUW-related, as she generally knows who's working on what issues, and where things are documented.

Your relationship with FAUW

FAUW interacts with academic leaders in a number of ways.

How we can help you

  • We can answer questions about how a policy or procedure works. A situation might be new for you, but we've probably seen it before! Erin is a good place to start for these questions. 
  • Our Faculty Guide can help save you some time and research when members have questions that are likely to have standard answers. Conversely, we'll encourage our members to talk to you when that's the best course of action.
  • Importantly, we can support you through your own difficulties and processes as faculty members or leaders yourselves.

How you can help us

  • One of the most helpful things you can do for us is to direct new members to FAUW, even before they start. We'll make sure they receive information about events and resources for new faculty. Our page for New and Prospective Faculty is a good place to start.
  • You can suggest FAUW as an opportunity for faculty to get involved and learn about university governance—and send us names of members who would be valuable additions to the university committees to which we appoint people. FAUW service is considered university service for the purpose of evaluations, and we will send you documentation to inform the performance reviews of members in your department who have performed significant FAUW service each year.
  • Let us know when you see issues arising either in your faculty or more broadly that you think will affect terms and conditions of employment. A good person to contact is your faculty’s representative on our board.

Key resources

  • Faculty Guide: Send members here as a starting point on a range of topics.
  • New faculty page: Send new members here to introduce them to FAUW.
  • AF&T: Get support for yourself or members, for situations with individuating factors.
  • Erin or the FAUW president: Ask general questions about how things work.
  • Council of Representatives: Encourage your department's rep to share information regularly.
  • The FAUW blog: Subscribe to get regular updates on what we're doing.