Lecturers fill diverse roles within the University that are distinct from those of research-track faculty. The Lecturers committee is concerned with the career paths of Lecturers – including terms and conditions of employment, teaching loads and progression.
The committee, which has representation from Lecturers of all faculties, assists the FAUW Board on the development and revision of University policies that pertain to Lecturers. Read the committee terms of reference for more information.
The Lecturers Committee hosted town hall meetings in December 2016. The committee provided context on the relationship of the Lecturers Committee to the FAUW Board, the issues raised via a 2014 meeting of lecturers and 2015 Lecturers Survey, and the current activities of the committee. The floor was then opened for discussion.
The committee administered a survey of all Lecturers at UWaterloo in November, 2015, to explore five main topics:
- terms of appointment – the nature of lecturer positions and the hiring process
- teaching loads
- experience with the “option to have at least one term in six be non-teaching”
- service – understanding of eligibility for and participation in various service roles
- proposed new titles and ranks for lecturers at UWaterloo
The response rate to the survey was impressive, with 83% of 180 lecturers participating.
Preliminary quantitative results were presented at the Fall General Meeting of the Faculty Association in December, 2015. The final report includes qualitative data from the comments contributed by respondents.
|Heidi Engelhardt||Committee Chair,
|George Freeman||FAUW Past President,
|Bryan Tolson||FAUW Vice President,
Join the committee
Serving on Lecturers Committee entails:
- Attending monthly meetings from September through June.
- Contributing to one or more committee projects.
- Providing feedback on issues and initiatives in meetings and via email as they arise.
Members typically join for a renewable 2-year term. Calls for new members are posted each spring.