Why Waterloo: Information for prospective faculty

Three great reasons to be a faculty member at Waterloo:

1. Intellectual property ownership

100% of the intellectual property and commercialized innovations originating from students, faculty or staff remain the property of the innovator — not the university. Read the policy

2. Early sabbatical option

Six-month full-salary sabbatical option after three years for tenure-track appointments. Read the policy

3. Generous parental leave

Pregnancy and parental leave (including adoption) for all faculty with an automatic delay of the tenure clock and generous supplemental benefits for eligible employees. Read the policy | Read FAUW's guide

Considering a position at Waterloo?

Prospective faculty are welcome to contact the Faculty Association for advice at any point in the hiring process.

Support for prospective faculty members

The Faculty Association (FAUW) can help you to navigate the hiring process and understand your contract. We encourage all candidates to contact us before you sign. You can also get a sense of how things work at Waterloo by browsing our Faculty Guide.

Indigenous candidates might want to connect the Office of Indigenous Relations, and Blackcandidates with the Black Faculty Collective


Don't be afraid to negotiate during the hiring process. You can negotiate your salary, start-up funding, and moving expenses. Prospective lecturers should read our page on definite-term contracts. 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).

Moving to Canada

Legal and Immigration Services can help, particularly Frances Hannigan, Senior Immigration Consultant, who can help you with all of your immigration questions and paperwork.