FAUW's Board of Directors meets biweekly September through June. The Board makes decisions about negotiating priorities, finances, positions on faculty issues, and the strategic direction of the Association. Read more about what Board members do.
How are directors chosen?
The voting members of the Board—the president, past president, and 11 directors—are elected by the voting members of the Association. There are faculty-specific and lecturer seats on the Board, to ensure that there is always representation from among the lecturer ranks and from all six faculties (once elected, all directors are responsible to all FAUW members and have a fiduciary duty to the Association itself). Directors are elected for two-year terms and can serve up to two consecutive terms. There are also non-voting, ex officio representatives from committees and affiliated organizations. Read more about the Board in the FAUW Constitution.
2021–22 Board of Directors
|Vice President; Director, Faculty of Arts||Kate Lawson||2020|
|Treasurer; Director, Faculty of Science||Heidi Engelhardt||2020|
|Director, At-large||Trevor Charles||2021|
|Director, At-large||Frances Condon||2021|
|Director, Faculty of Health||Joel Dubin||2020|
|Director, At-large||Mary Hardy||2021|
|Director, Faculty of Engineering||Mario Iaonnidis||2020|
|Director, Faculty of Environment||Peter Johnson||2020|
|Director, Faculty of Math||Nomair Naeem||2020|
|Director, Lecturers; Chair, Lecturers Committee||Su-Yin Tan||2021|
|Director, At-large||Vershawn Young||2021|
|Chair, Equity Committee||Kim Hong Nguyen||2021|
|Liaison, Pension & Benefits Committee||Ken Vetzal||2019|
|Liaison, Librarians' Association of the University of Waterloo||Ryan Ball||2021|
|Liaison, Renison Association of Academic Staff||Kristina Llewellyn||2019|
|Liaison, St. Jerome's University Academic Staff Association||Carol Acton||2021|
Get to know your Board members
Lori Curtis, President
(Please note that the FAUW President email is also monitored by FAUW staff.)
Meet Lori: Since coming to UW, I have been an active participant on departmental, faculty, and university level committees that allow faculty to have input on their working environment. In the last 12 years of working with FAUW, I have been a strong proponent for faculty on the Pension and Benefits Committee (P&B), the Faculty Relations Committee (FRC), the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee (AF&T), and in policy development.
I have been Chair of AF&T for the past three years. I've worked diligently to secure the equitable treatment of all faculty members, to safeguard their academic freedom, and ensure that collegially developed UW policies are equitably adhered to within the university. I have assisted individual faculty members with the tenure and promotion process; during investigative processes; and with obtaining the benefits they deserve at work, on leave, and even into retirement. I have witnessed inequitable treatment of faculty that was not successfully remediated, whether because there were no relevant policies, administrative interpretation of policy differed substantially from FAUW/AF&T, or policies were outdated. In many cases, the faculty members were marginalized, precariously employed, newly appointed, and/or experiencing health issues.
When issues are brought to AF&T, it is up to the individual faculty member—with the assistance of AF&T—to fight for their rights. I take all this experience and knowledge with me as I become President of FAUW and move to working on matters that affect faculty at large.
Link to Profile: Lori Curtis, Economics
Kate Lawson, Vice President
Meet Kate: I am a faculty member in the Department of English Language and Literature. My research areas are in Victorian literature and culture, particularly fiction of the 1840s and 1850s.
I have served as department chair and undergraduate associate chair. I am former president and former board chair of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA).
My particular interests as a FAUW board member are ensuring good terms and conditions of employment for all faculty members; fair representation for contract faculty; and fair evaluation of teaching activity. I am also concerned with UW’s policy negotiation and policy approval framework and in how provincial funding policy affects UW. As of July 1, 2020, I will serve on the Faculty Relations Committee.
I'm happy to chat with faculty members about any issues they might like raised with the FAUW board.
Link to Profile: Kate Lawson, English Language and Literature
Meet Joel: I am honoured to be a member of the UW’s FAUW Board, as the Faculty of Health representative. I actually have a joint appointment in the Faculty of Health, in the School of Public Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Mathematics, in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science. I have been at the university and a FAUW member for 15 years, and I have appreciated the critical efforts that the FAUW Board has consistently made on behalf of its members. Now, I would like to do my part. I also look forward to participating in the FAUW Climate Justice Working Group.
For a number of years now, I have served on the university’s Human Research Ethics Board, and for the past year I was the Math Faculty’s HeForShe Advocate. I look forward to working with my colleagues across the University of Waterloo on vital issues of concern to faculty members, especially with all the challenges in front of us due to the pandemic and other global challenges.
Link to Profile: Joel Dubin, School of Public Health Sciences
Meet Heidi: I am a Lecturer in the Department of Biology. This is my third term on the FAUW Board. My research background is reproductive physiology and I teach courses in cell biology, physiology (human/animal) and reproduction. I have been at Waterloo since 2006, moving from research to teaching track in 2011. Because I teach approximately 2,500 students per year, I am particularly interested in quality of life for frontline instructors. However, having ‘worn both hats’ gives me a perspective into the issues faced by both research and teaching track faculty. In addition to contributions through FAUW, I am involved with many undergraduate-related initiatives at the departmental, faculty, and university levels.
To blow off steam, I can often be found at the Grad House sampling their wonderful craft brews, or running on the streets and paths of Waterloo Region. My hope is that the latter offsets the former! I have recently started a running club for students, faculty, staff that you are all invited to join.
Link to Profile: Heidi Engelhardt, Biology
Meet Peter: I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management. My research focuses on understanding how governments, citizens, and private companies share information through geospatial technology, including open data, social media, mobile devices, and the process of crowdsourcing.
I believe that a strong Faculty Association is a necessary component to the collegial governance model used at the University of Waterloo. FAUW's work is critical to supporting not only the daily functioning of campus, but also strategically shaping how different working groups interact to solve longstanding challenges and improve the working conditions for all.
In my leisure time, I enjoy mountain biking, drinking craft beer, and running around after my kids.
Link to Profile: Peter Johnson, Geography and Environmental Management
I am a lecturer in the School of Computer Science and primarily teach courses to first and second year CS students. My current research interests revolve around teaching pedagogy. I am also a CS Academic Advisor for undergraduate students.
In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, like to binge watch tv-shows, dabble in home-automation gadgets and research DIY projects that I never complete.
Link to Profile: Nomair Naeem, School of Computer Science
Meet Kristina: I am a Full Professor in the Department of Social Development Studies, which is housed at Renison University College, affiliated with the University of Waterloo. I am an Affiliated Member of the Department of History and Department of Sociology and Legal Studies, as well as an Associate Member of the Games Institute at the University of Waterloo. My research area is the history and sociology of education with a particular focus on oral history and the redress historical harms through schools.
I am the inaugural President of the Renison Association of Academic Staff (RAAS), which represents faculty and librarians with a one-year contract or greater at Renison University College. RAAS has a service agreement with FAUW and we support each other’s work towards fair and equitable working conditions on campus. I recently served on the RAAS Negotiating Committee and currently serve on the RAAS Grievance Committee, OCUFA Board of Directors, and CAUT Council.
Link to Profile: Kristina R. Llewellyn, Social Development Studies