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Confidential support for faculty

The Academic Freedom & Tenure (AF&T) Committee assists faculty members experiencing difficulties involving the application of University policy or the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA), or other concerns that impact their conditions of employment, such as those relating to tenure, promotion and performance reviews.

The Committee comprises tenured faculty members from across the university who are trained in key elements of university policy and the MoA. Where issues beyond their expertise or experience arise, they have access to the resources of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).

If you have a concern with a policy itself, please contact a member of the Board of Directors.

How it works

Start by contacting Christopher Small, AF&T Committee Chair, to discuss your concern. (Alternatively, you can contact Katie Damphouse, Academic Freedom & Tenure and Policy Officer; or Erin Windibank, Executive Manager.)

When your concerns cannot be resolved by these initial contacts, the Chair will assign a committee member to assist you. They will be from a faculty other than your own so you can feel confident in their ability to meet, if necessary, with your Chair or Dean without any discomfort or conflict.


All contact made with the AF&T Committee is strictly confidential. No issue will be taken further than you wish it to be.

Academic colleagues

Some parts of university policy and the MoA provide for an 'academic colleague' to accompany faculty members through particular processes (for example, tenure committees). More often than not, that academic colleague is a member of the AF&T Committee.

Member-to-member conflicts

In cases involving two faculty members both represented by FAUW, both members are entitled to support from the AF&T Committee and will be assigned separate committee members to assist them.


The AF&T Committee runs an annual series of workshops on the promotion and tenure process, the slides from which are available online.

Our Faculty Guide includes insight and advice based on years of advising faculty members through the AF&T Committee.