How to Get the Most out of Your Faculty Association This Year

[edited August 2018]
We at FAUW hope you had a fantastic summer, full of lots of research and course prep and writing…right?
To help you kick off the new school year, here are some tips on how to get the most out of your Faculty Association:

1. Find out who your FAUW reps are

Browse the board and staff member bios and the list of committee representatives and get to know who we are and what we do.

2. Stay in touch 

Stay up-to-date on what FAUW is doing and issues affecting faculty by following our blog and social media accounts (we’re on Twitter and Facebook). We post summaries of our bi-weekly Board meetings so you’ll always know what we’re working on.

3. Make sure you’re a member

Become an active FAUW member by signing up on our website (by default you are represented by us and pay dues but you need to fill out the membership form once in your career in order to vote on things).

4. Join the Council of Representatives

If you have are interested in representing your unit on the Council, talk to your chair or director.

5. Tell us what’s up

We need to know what issues our members are facing so we can address them. There are a number of ways you can let us know how we can help:

  • Provide feedback in response to emails and blog posts about what we’re currently working on. Your comments will reach members of the board and inform FAUW’s position.
  • Bring new issues to our attention by talking to your Council member or any of our board members.
  • If you’re dealing with an individual workplace problem, contact the Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee for personalized support.

6. Browse the archives

See what we’ve been up to over the last little while by browsing past blog posts and news items on our website. Or use the tags to delve into a particular issue.
Wishing you a productive and enjoyable fall semester,
The FAUW Board of Directors

Council of Representatives

By: Sally Gunz, FAUW President

We had excellent discussions at the Council of Representatives meetings last Friday (November 6). This is a really important way for the FAUW Board to interact with the faculty community. If your department/school does not have a representative yet, please consider volunteering. We intend to make much more use of this group to get effective input, but for this to work we do need coverage from all units.

The easiest way to find out about this is to visit the FAUW Council of Representatives webpage. Please suggest to your chair/director that you are willing and able to fill this role. S/he will no doubt be pleased to be able to tick this box and we will be very pleased to have you join this group.

Upcoming Events

There’s much afoot in the Faculty Association, and we want to do our best to keep you informed. Over the next month there are a number of key meetings and workshops happening, Head past the jump to find out more about the Council of Representatives meeting, the Spring General Meeting, and the Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee’s promotion workshops.

Council of Representatives

The Council of Representatives is designed to ensure clear communication between the FAUW board and our members. Traditionally meeting twice annually, the council discusses issues that come from the department level, and checks on how FAUW is addressing the concerns of the members directly.

The next meeting is on Wednesday, March 20th, so make sure to let your representative know about some of the challenges you’re facing here at UW.

Spring General Meeting

Our Spring General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 9th from 11am-1pm in MC 4059. The Faculty Associations financial statements will be presented, and each of our committees will report on how they’ve been carrying out their mandate since the Fall. There’ll be a report from David Porreca, the president, and plenty of opportunity to ask questions and get feedback on issues.

Academic Freedom & Tenure Workshops

Peter van Beek, chair of the Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee, will be offering the following workshops around the Spring General Meeting.

For Tenure-track Faculty

The probationary contract period and applying for tenure can be intimidating! The biggest risks you face are those stemming from uncertainty on your part about the expectations of your peers and of university policy. These workshops are designed to provide critical information on how to succeed and to ensure you know where and how to get your questions answered. The workshops complement the Documenting Your Teaching for Tenure & Promotion workshop presented by the Centre for Teaching Excellence.

Faculty recently hired to their first probationary term
Tuesday, April 9, 2:00 to 4:00 pm – MC 4059

Faculty applying for probationary contract renewal in 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 9:00 to 11:00 am – QNC 1502

Faculty applying for tenure in 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 12:00 to 2:00 pm – QNC 1502

For Tenured Faculty

Applying for promotion to full professor
Tuesday, April 9, 9:00 to 10:30 am – MC 4059

Tenured faculty who are considering applying for promotion in 2013 or the near future should attend this workshop for advice on Policy 77 and clarification of what is expected from peers and from the university in the promotion process. This workshop will walk you through the process step by step and will provide explanations of formal policy as well as practical tips to help you succeed.