Ethical Behaviour policy consultation + more from the September 26 Board meeting

A draft of Policy 33 (Ethical Behaviour) is out for consultation. Since this is the first policy that’s made its way to Faculty Relations Committee (FRC) for approval in a while, let’s review how this will work:

  1. Policy 33 is an “FS” policy, meaning that it affects both faculty and staff working conditions. FRC (that’s the group of FAUW Board members and admin that meets every two weeks to hash out working conditions, fix problems, and approve policies) and the Staff Relations Committee (SRC) jointly strike drafting committees for and then approve FS policies. 
  2. FRC and SRC will send the draft policy out for consultation to other groups. They will review all the feedback and tell the drafting committee what changes to make. 
  3. The updated draft policy then goes back to FRC and SRC for approval. Approval at FRC requires a double majority, which means both FAUW and admin have a veto.
  4. After FRC and SRC approve the policy, it goes on to be approved by the Board of Governors.

In the case of Policy 33, faculty and staff members will get a draft of the policy soon. We encourage you to provide feedback through the soon-to-be-announced process set up by the Secretariat. If necessary, we will also collect anonymous input through our FRC reps and Lori Curtis, AF&T Committee chair.

What else is going on right now?

  1. The Holistic Benefits Review is moving along—you’ll get a survey soon, asking for your input about University employee benefits.
  2. As we reported last time, Finance (incorrectly) used a new Consumer Price Index (CPI) source for indexing the 2018-2019 Faculty Professional Expense Reimbursement (FPER) amount, which led to each member getting $8.00 less than you should have last year. We’ve worked collegially with Finance to find a solution: reverting back to the previous CPI source moving forward and also making a one-time addition of $8.00 to your 2019-2020 FPER. This was the Board’s preferred solution. Special thanks to the member who investigated this thoroughly and brought it to our attention!
  3. We gave feedback on draft conflict of interest guidelines that FRC is working on. These apply to faculty hiring, performance review, tenure and promotion, and chair search committees. You can expect to see those later this term.
  4. We had a quick debrief about the New Faculty and Family Dinner that we co-hosted with the University on September 20. (The gist: it was great; everyone had fun; we’re looking forward to next year.)
  5. The Lecturers Committee held its first meeting of the year and is working on setting goals for the next few months. Let them know if you have suggestions.
  6. The Board approved FAUW’s audited financial statements for the fiscal year 2018–19. 

We’ll be talking about the progress made so far by the Complementary Teaching Assessment Project Team (CTAPT) (see the “Documents” sidebar) at an upcoming Board meeting. If you have input you’d like us to consider, let us know!

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

Whether you’re new to UW or have been ignoring FAUW for years, here’s how to tap into our services.

1. Get to know your representatives

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 informed 

Stay up-to-date on what FAUW is doing and issues affecting faculty by following our blog and social media accounts (we’re @FAUWaterloo on both 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 a voting FAUW member by signing up on our website. By default, we represent all faculty members with regular appointments, and you 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

The Council is a key link between each department or school and FAUW, and a great introduction to how FAUW works. We ask departments for new reps every September (though repeat reps are okay too), so if you have are interested in representing your unit on the Council this year, talk to your chair or director.

5. Tell us what’s up

There are a number of ways you can let us know how we can help or what you’d like us to focus on:

  • 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 on issues.
  • 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 (it doesn’t have to be about academic freedom or tenure.)

6. Browse the archives

See what we’ve been up to over the last little while by browsing past blog posts, and the news items on our website.

Wishing you a productive and enjoyable year,

The FAUW Board of Directors

Last updated August 2019.