The Lecturers Committee advises the FAUW Board on matters pertaining to the working conditions of lecturers.
Lecturers fill diverse roles within the University that are distinct from those of professorial-rank faculty and thus have distinct needs. The committee, which has representation from Lecturers of all faculties, is particularly concerned with the career paths of Lecturers, including terms and conditions of employment, teaching loads, and progression. Learn more about the committee in its terms of reference.
Inquiries may be directed to Su-Yin Tan, committee chair, to Laura McDonald at the FAUW office, or to any committee member.
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On March 30, 2021, the Faculty Association (FAUW) Lecturers Committee hosted a meeting open to all lecturers. The session was attended by 60 members plus the Lecturers Committee, FAUW President Dan Brown and, from the Policy 76/77 drafting committee, David DeVidi, Kevin Hare, and Kate Lawson.
2020 Lecturers Town Hall Meeting
On February 25, 2020, the Faculty Association (FAUW) Lecturers Committee hosted a meeting open to all lecturers. The session was attended by 45 people plus the Lecturers Committee and other FAUW representatives.
Invited guests included David DeVidi (associate vice president, academic), David Rose (policy 76 drafting committee chair), Bryan Tolson (FAUW president), Dan Brown (incoming FAUW president, Benoit Charbonneau (FAUW chief negotiator), and Kate Lawson (OCUFA chair of the board).
This report is an integrated summary of the discussion at the Town Hall meeting.
The Lecturers Committee hosted town hall meetings in December 2016. The committee provided context on the relationship of the Lecturers Committee to the FAUW Board, the issues raised via a 2014 meeting of lecturers and 2015 Lecturers Survey, and the current activities of the committee. The floor was then opened for discussion.
The committee administered a survey in November 2015 to explore lecturers' experiences with regard to terms of appointment, teaching loads, non-teaching terms, service roles, and more.
The committee has established six long-term goals for teaching-intensive faculty at the University of Waterloo:
- Goal 1: A fair and manageable workload that does not lead to burnout.
- Goal 2: A clear, equitable, and consistent career progression pathway.
- Goal 3: Salary equity and fair evaluation.
- Goal 4: The opportunity to engage in professional development and scholarship.
- Goal 5: Appropriate voice and representation in University governance.
- Goal 6: A strong sense of connection and community.
The committee’s long-term goals are set or updated every year based on the current conditions and needs of which committee members are aware. Many of the committee’s long-term goals are rooted in systemic inequities in the institution. A common experience for new committee members is realizing how much the conditions for lecturers vary between faculties, which can sometimes mask these inequities.
The Lecturers Appreciation Award
Aimée Morrison and Jay Dolmage of the FAUW Equity Committee were the recipients of the 2021 Lecturers Appreciation Award, in recognition of their contributions to Lecturer Committee initiatives and their commitment to improving the working conditions of lecturers at UWaterloo. The award particularly recognized contributions to the committee's advocacy work on the revised Policy 14 [Pregnancy and Parental Leaves (including Adoption), and the Return to Work] and for highlighting the inequitable access to benefits for newly hired definite-term lecturers.
The Lecturers Committee presented the first Lecturers Appreciation Award to Benoit Charbonneau and the rest of the Working Group on Salary Structure for securing adjustments to faculty salary thresholds so they no longer unfairly disadvantage lecturers over the course of our careers
Join the committee
Serving on Lecturers Committee entails:
- Attending monthly meetings from September through June, normally on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
- Contributing to one or more committee projects.
- Providing feedback on issues and initiatives in meetings and via email as they arise.
Members typically join for a renewable 2-year term. Calls for new members are posted each spring. You must be a voting member of FAUW to join the committee.