FAUW ensures that faculty members’ voices are well represented at all levels of the University and within FAUW itself, coordinating more than 100 faculty seats on internal and external committees and working groups.
You are welcome to contact any of your representatives with questions or suggestions.
How we represent you
Board members meet with the University administration biweekly through the Faculty Relations Committee (FRC). We also manage, with the University, faculty member appointments to dozens of other committees that shape faculty working conditions.
All Board, Council, and committee positions are filled by voting members of FAUW.
Keeping you informed
The FAUW Board and committees report to members about our activities by:
- delivering reports and answering questions at our fall and winter general meetings
- sending monthly updates about key developments to all units through the Council of Representatives
- posting publicly throughout the year on our website, blog (see our Board meeting summaries in particular), and social media (Twitter and Facebook)
- sharing highlights and opportunities to participate in our email newsletter
Board of Directors
one director elected by and from each Faculty
one director elected by and from lecturers
four at-large directors
Ex-officio members (non-voting)
Lecturers Committee chair
Equity Committee chair
Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee chair
St. Jerome's University Academic Staff Association liaison
Renison Association of Academic Staff liaison
Pension and Benefits Committee liaison
Librarians' Association of the University of Waterloo liaison
Council of Representatives
The Council of Representatives provides two-way communication between our Board of Directors and each academic unit at Waterloo. Each department or school selects one faculty member each September to act as a liaison with FAUW.
You can approach your representative about any concerns you think should be brought to FAUW's attention.
If you would like to fill a vacancy in your unit, please declare your interest in joining the Council to your chair/director.
FAUW's internal committees
The Academic Freedom & Tenure (AF&T) Committee provides confidential support to individual members with workplace issues of all kinds.
Compensation Negotiating Team
For each round of bargaining, a team of three FAUW members negotiates a new compensation settlement with the University, in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement. The team members for the round of bargaining ending February 1, 2018, were Benoit Charbonneau (Pure Mathematics), Shelley Hulan (English Language and Literature), and Dave Vert (School of Accounting and Finance).
The Executive Committee consists of the president, past president (when there is one), vice president, and treasurer, as well as any other board members sitting on FRC. It is responsible for advising the president in establishing the agendas of Board and general meetings.
The Lecturers Committee gathers information and discusses matters pertaining to the working conditions of lecturers, and conveys issues raised by lecturers to the Board.
The Equity Committee (formerly the Status of Women & Equity Committee, or "SWEC") engages in educational and advocacy activities related equity issues and liaises with other related committees of the University, OCUFA and CAUT.
The Indigenization Working Group is focused on educating and providing resources for our members to help them take action on Indigenization and reconciliation.
Climate Justice Working Group
The Climate Justice Working Group brings together faculty members at the University of Waterloo to generate collective action on campus—and within our broader communities—to help foster a just, climate-safe future.
This committee organizes FAUW elections and solicits nominations for the president and Board of Directors. It does not have ongoing membership but is struck each September.
University and joint committees
Some University committees require representation from the FAUW Board or its committees. Others have faculty positions appointed by FAUW (or jointly with the University) from among the FAUW membership.
This is not an exhaustive list. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about a specific committee. The University has other committees with faculty members who are not appointed by FAUW. Similarly, some of the committees listed below also have additional faculty members who are not appointed by FAUW. Only FAUW appointees are listed here.
Representatives from the FAUW Board of Directors or its committees
At FRC, five FAUW Board members meet with five University representatives biweekly to negotiate changes in working conditions (except salary). FRC approves changes to policy and the Memorandum of Agreement, and resolves non-policy issues.
The FAUW president holds an ex-officio position on Senate. The Secretariat's website lists other elected faculty representatives on Senate, some of whom happen to also be FAUW Board members.
Bryan Tolson (as FAUW President)
Bryan Tolson (as FAUW President)
Johanna Wandel (as FAUW Board member)
Representatives from the FAUW membership
Zara Rafferty (Recreation & Leisure Studies)
|Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision Committee|
|Course Evaluation Project (CEPT) implementation committee||Jasmin Habib (Political Science)|
|Complementary Teaching Assessment Project Team||
Fatma Gzara (Management Sciences)
Cynthia Richard (School of Pharmacy)
Also: Ian VanderBurgh (Mathematics) and Jay Michela (Psychology), appointed by the University.
|Copyright Advisory Committee|
Katie Damphouse (chair; FAUW staff)
Daphne McCulloch (Optometry)
|Provost's Advisory Committee on Equity (PACE)||Aimée Morrison (English Language and Literature)|
|Gender & Sexual Diversity Working Group (of PACE)||Anna Klinkova (Chemistry)|
|Faculty Grievance Committee||
Manoj Sachdev (chair)
|(Task Force on) Graduate Student Supervision|
|Hagey Lectures Committee||
Rahim Moosa (chair; Math)
Ori Friedman (Arts)
Dara Gilbert (Science)
Heather Mair (Health)
(we are in the process of filling the Science, Engineering, and AFIW seats)
|Jay Dolmage (Equity Committee chair; English Language & Literature)|
|Internal Communications Review||Laura McDonald (FAUW staff)|
Main campus: Philip Bigelow (Kinesiology), Michael Chong (Chemistry), Laura Deakin (Chemistry)
Architecture: John McMinn
Health Sciences campus (Pharmacy): Emmanuel Ho
Stratford campus: Linda Carson
|(Provost’s Advisory Committee on) Timetabling||Dan Brown (School of Computer Science)|
|Pension and Benefits Committee||
Ranjini Jha (School of Accounting and Finance)
|Pension Investment Committee||Ranjini Jha (School of Accounting and Finance)|
|University Tenure and Promotion Advisory Committee (UTPAC)||See the UTPAC membership list maintained by the Secretariat|
|(Advisory Committee on) Traffic Violations and Parking||Mathieu Doucet (Philosophy)|
|Transportation and Commuting Working Group||Mathieu Doucet (Philosophy)|
|Wellness Collaborative||Jay Dolmage (Equity Committee chair; English Language and Literature)|
Policy review committees
|Policy 14 – Pregnancy and Parental Leaves (including Adoption)||Bryan Tolson (Civil & Environmental Engineering)|
Policy 33 – Ethical Behaviour
Nat Hutchings (Optometry and Vision Science) and Erin Windibank (FAUW staff)
Policy 67 – Employee Assistance Program
Katie Damphouse (FAUW staff)
Policy 76 – Faculty Appointments
George Freeman (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
|Employee Accommodations||Lori Curtis (AF&T Committee chair; Economics)
Jay Dolmage (Equity Committee chair; English Language and Literature)
- CAUT Council: Bryan Tolson (as FAUW president)
- CAUT Equity Committee: Weizhen Dong
- OCUFA Director representing FAUW: Dan Brown (FAUW director; School of Computer Science)
- OCUFA Status of Women & Equity Committee: Jay Dolmage (Equity Committee chair; English Language and Literature)
- OCUFA Student Evaluation of Teaching Committee: Jay Michaela (Psychology)
- OCUFA Contract Faculty-Faculty Complement Committee: Sebastian Siebel-Achenbach (History)
- FAUW Board liaison to the SJU-ASA: vacant