Information for new and prospective faculty

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.

Starting points


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. This will include one-on-one meetings and a workshop on the evening of October 24, 2018. Partners can contact Sue Fraser at the CCA to book an appointment.

Moving to Canada

If you're new to Canada, Legal and Immigration Services can help, particularly Frances Hannigan, Senior Immigration Specialist, who can help you with all of your immigration questions and paperwork.

The International Spouses group is a great way for faculty members' partners to meet people and get to know the community.

Programming 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 April. We also hold new faculty socials a few times a year. Watch our events section and your email for announcements.

Finding a local doctor

For a list of doctors accepting new patients, contact Jenna Petker at the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of or 519-749-6043.

We're working on adding more resources to this section. Let us know what you'd like to see here by emailing

Considering a position at Waterloo? Prospective faculty are welcome to contact FAUW for advice at any point in the hiring process.


On the tenure track? Check out "10 Things No One Told Me About Applying for Tenure" – Note that the first thing is "Keep records of everything from Day 1."