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Top Ten Things to Know About Working at Waterloo

  1. You are entitled to have a mentor in your unit. If you need help finding a suitable mentor, contact us.
  2. Human Resources’ website is a good source of practical information about immigration, relocation, medical services, and so on.
  3. You can look outside your department for teaching support. The Centre for Teaching Excellence has liaisons and teaching fellows in each faculty, as well as specific programming for new faculty.
  4. Your annual performance evaluation (see section 13.5 of the Memorandum of Agreement) affects your compensation. It’s a good idea to start compiling information now. Talk to your chair, Council rep, or mentor, and review what’s required by your Faculty Performance Evaluation Guidelines and departmental addendum to these guidelines.
  5. FAUW offers workshops on contract renewal, tenure, and promotion every year. You can attend any workshop at any stage of your career. 
  6. You are entitled to several forms of leaves – don’t shy away from taking them. We strongly encourage probationary faculty members to take the six-month pre-tenure sabbatical!
  7. The University has several confidential services available to support you. If you are facing a personal hardship related to health or family, talk to an Occupational Health nurse or make use of the free Employee and Family Assistance Plan (EFAP). You do not need to disclose personal health issues to your chair.

    Other confidential options are FAUW’s Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee (which assists with all kinds of workplace issues related to the application of policy and beyond), and the Equity Office.
  8. It’s helpful to familiarize yourself with key policies before you need them. These are the policies that impact you the most:
  9. There are a number of professional development opportunities on campus that are stimulating, will help you connect with colleagues, and are key to a successful career. In addition to the Centre for Teaching Excellence and FAUW’s workshops, look for events and resources from Organizational & Human Development (OHD), Information Systems & Technology (IST), the Office of Research, the Writing Centre, and more.
  10. Waterloo and Kitchener may not be the biggest cities, but there’s a lot to do for people of all ages and stages of life. Find events, restaurants and more at Explore Waterloo Region, CBC KW (look for Andrea’s Five Fun Things to Do This Weekend each week), Kitchener Events, the Uptown Waterloo BIA, and the Downtown Kitchener BIA.