The Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo (FAUW—rhymes with "now") works to ensure academic freedom, equity, and collegial governance for faculty members at Waterloo. We negotiate and protect your working conditions, and are here to help when you need it.
Everything in the Information for all faculty section of this website, especially our Faculty Guide, is relevant for new faculty but we have a few additional resources for new members and those considering a position at Waterloo.
- New faculty checklists in LEARN (email firstname.lastname@example.org if you don't have access to this LEARN course).
- The Top Ten Things to Know About Working at Waterloo.
- Tips for getting the most out of your Faculty Association.
- The Daily Bulletin, a great source of campus news. Subscribe to have it emailed to you each morning.
- FAUW membership information – while we represent all regular faculty, you do have to join to become a voting member.
- UW Software Glossary.
Don't be afraid to negotiate during the hiring process. You can negotiate your salary, start-up funding, and moving expenses. The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has a handbook (PDF) for new faculty on negotiating starting salaries (We also recommend the article "Yes, You Should Negotiate" on Inside Higher Ed).
Campus supports for new faculty and families
In addition to the long list of campus resources available to all faculty, Human Resources (HR) has a list of resources specifically for new employees, including relocation, community, and immigration information. There is also a Finance Department page for new employees.
The Centre for Career Action supports partners of new faculty members in their local job search, including one-on-one meetings. Partners can contact Sue Fraser at the CCA to book an appointment.
Moving to Canada
The International Spouses group is a great way for faculty members' partners to meet people and get to know the community.
Programming and training for new faculty
The Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) has programming for new faculty members, and the University asks that faculty undertake specific workshops to ready themselves for teaching Waterloo students.
The New Faculty Planning Committee (CTE, FAUW, and Human Resources) coordinates new faculty orientation days in September and January each year, as well as a new faculty and family dinner event in late September. All new faculty who've started since the previous September 1 or couldn't attend an earlier orientation are invited. If you do not receive an invitation by late August, please contact Laura McDonald.
Our Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee runs a workshop for new tenure-track faculty each year. We also hold new faculty socials a few times a year. Watch our events section and your email for announcements.