Why a separate page for lecturers?
FAUW represents lecturers with continuing and definite-term appointments of one year or longer. These lecturers are regular faculty whose appointments are typically focused on teaching and service, though the relative weightings of those components varies.
Until recently, there have been few regular lecturer appointments at Waterloo and they were not often accounted for in University policies. Lecturers now make up approximately 17% of regular faculty, and policy is starting to catch up.
The nature of lecturer appointments is currently under review as part of the update to policy 76 (Faculty Appointments), but there are currently some gaps in policy where lecturers are not adequately considered.
These gaps—and the actual differences between lecturer and tenure-track appointments—mean that lecturers have a different experience at Waterloo and need different information and advice.
Most of the information for all faculty, including our Faculty Guide to Working at Waterloo and information for new faculty, is equally applicable to lecturers and tenure-track faculty. The main exception is the career progression sections of the Guide, which will be updated once the Policy 76 review is done.
Here are some key resources particularly relevant to lecturers:
- The Faculty Guide to Working at Waterloo has a page on definite term appointments.
- The FAUW Lecturers Committee provides input to the FAUW Board on lecturer-specific issues. The committee also regularly writes about lecturer-related issues on the FAUW blog.
- The Academic Freedom & Tenure (AF&T) Committee provides confidential support to individual members with workplace issues of all kinds.
- The provost’s office has a Checklist for Continuing Lecturer Appointments (docx file) that departments must follow.
- The Centre for Teaching Excellence offers support for teaching and pedagogy. Lecturers are eligible to apply for Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) Grants, which “fund projects investigating innovative approaches to enhancing teaching and fostering deep student learning.”
Yes, lecturers are eligible for that
- Faculty Professional Expense Reimbursement (FPER). This covers business expenses "directly related to the performance of teaching, research and professional duties," including professional association membership fees, conference fees and travel, computers (though UW will own them), and academic regalia.
- A whole bunch of leaves, and a non-teaching term once every six terms. See sections 2a and 3d of Policy 76 (Faculty Appointments) and the note at the bottom of the Checklist for Continuing Lecturer Appointments (DOCX) for information about the non-teaching term. Note that how your teaching is covered while you are on leave is not your responsibility.
Frequently asked questions
What service opportunities am I eligible for?
Service is an integral aspect of shared University governance, as well as an opportunity for lecturers to have representation and help to shape University programs and environments. The ease of finding service opportunities varies by department, but it’s important for lecturers to be represented in service activities at all levels of the University community. Learn more about the kinds of service opportunities available to lecturers on our blog.
How do I get a new computer?
You may claim the purchase of a computer used for work-related purposed on your Faculty Professional Expense Reimbursement (FPER) plan. Some departments/Faculties also provide financial and/or technical support.
Arts: The Faculty of Arts has a computer rollover program. Every four years, each faculty member can return their computer (desktop or laptop) to the Arts Computing Office to be replaced with a new one.
Engineering: Policies vary between departments. In the department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, contact the Information Technology staff. In all other departments, you should contact your administrative officer or the head of your unit.
Environment: In the Faculty of Environment, the Mapping, Analysis, and Design (MAD) help desk will assist you with purchasing a computer.
Health: In the Faculty of Health, you should contact the administrative officer for your academic unit. They will connect you to a member of AHS Computing to assist with your purchase.
Math: In the Faculty of Math, the Math Faculty Computing Facility (MFCF) Help Centre will guide you through the process of purchasing a computer.
Science: In the Faculty of Science, you should contact your administrative officer or the head of your unit.
How do I fit all my vacation time in?
The year-round teaching schedule for lecturers can admittedly make it a challenge to fit all your vacation time in. (Find out more about vacation time in section 11.2 of the Memorandum of Agreement between FAUW and the University.) Here are some strategies that you might use to make sure you get all your vacation:
Spread your vacation time around. It will be easier to take a week or two after each semester rather than trying to manage an entire month all at once.
Talk to your chair about course assignments or teaching requirements that might better allow you to take the vacation time you’re entitled to.
Be proactive about getting your exam scheduled at the beginning of the exam period (talk to the scheduling rep for your department). Or, if it’s pedagogically appropriate, consider alternate final assignments. If you use alternate end-of-term assignments, be sure to follow the University guidelines for course weights and due dates.
Take your vacation during a non-teaching term. Not having regular teaching duties will make it easier to take larger blocks of vacation during that time.
More coming soon! Send your questions to Laura McDonald.