Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Faculty Performance Evaluations To Get an Overhaul

The University of Waterloo is presently considering amending the Memorandum of Agreement to change the way in which faculty members are evaluated. While discussion of student evaluation of teaching abounds in the academic community, faculty performance evaluation has so far received little attention in comparison.

In this context, UW brings a substantive but positive proposal to cut performance evaluations for tenured and continuing faculty back to only every other year, and increases the transparency of the review process. Pre-tenure and definite term faculty members will still submit activity reports and receive feedback every year.

Evaluating each Faculty member is a very time-consuming exercise; spacing it out to every two years will free up time for both administrators and faculty members to address other pressing issues.

The full text of the proposed changes and answers to questions you might have are provided on FAUW’s website. The FAUW board of directors endorses these changes and believes that they are in the best interests of our members.

If you’d like to learn more or discuss the proposal with board members, we invite you to a town hall meeting on October 5, so you can make an informed decision before voting. The poll will be open from October 3 to October 14.

–√Člise Lepage

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Welcome back to campus from FAUW!

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 new board and staff member bios on our website 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 at UW through our blog and social media accounts (we’re on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+).

Sign up to get blog posts delivered to your email.

3. Make sure you’re a member

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

4. Join the Council of Representatives

We are looking forward to enhancing our communication with members this year, in part by redefining and revalorizing our Council of Representatives. If you have are interested in representing your unit on the Council, talk to your chair or director.

5. Attend a new faculty event

A special welcome goes to our new faculty members! We have events designed for you coming up on October 19: come meet new colleagues, eat, drink, and compare notes! Not-so-new faculty are also invited to welcome your new colleagues and share tips for adjusting to Waterloo. Stay tuned to our website for more details soon!.

6. Save the date: don’t miss these other FAUW events

7. 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 social media 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 via social media, this blog or by getting in touch with any of our board members.
  • If you're dealing with an individual workplace problem, contact the Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee for personalized support.

8. 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