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 related to your conditions of employment.

The Committee comprises tenured faculty members from across the University. 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, rather than with the application of policy, please contact a member of the Board of Directors.

How it works

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

When your concerns cannot be resolved in an initial conversation, 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 discomfort or conflict.


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

Academic colleagues

Some policies allow for an "academic colleague" to accompany faculty through particular processes (e.g. tenure). That academic colleague is often 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.

Things we can help with

  • renewal of appointments
  • tenure and promotion applications
  • academic misconduct & research ethics concerns
  • annual evaluation concerns
  • discipline & letters of reprimand
  • governance
  • harassment
  • intellectual property
  • member-member disputes
  • sabbatical, medical, parental and other leaves
  • salary anomalies
  • disability accommodation (broadly interpreted)