Decision-making authority for WUFA policy and action rests with the members. All major issues – expenditures, bargaining proposals, ratification of collective agreements, strike action, and changes in union dues -- are debated and voted on by the membership at large. The Association holds two General Membership Meetings a year (October and April), and will call Special Membership Meetings as needed. WUFA Council is authorized to act on behalf of the membership between meetings. All faculty, librarians, and AAS staff are encouraged to join the Association and participate in its activities.

Faculty Council                

Faculty Council is composed of faculty, librarians, AAS, and sessional members elected annually by their colleagues in proportion to the size of the constituency they represent. Council meets monthly to discuss matters affecting the Association, develop new policies, review reports, create and elect committees, and act on behalf of the Association between general membership meetings.  Members of the Executive are automatically members of Faculty Council. Councillors are responsible for informing their colleagues about WUFA business and bringing members’ concerns to the attention of the Association.

Winter/Intersession 2024 meeting schedule:

Monday, January 22, 202410:30 a.m. 
Thursday, February 15, 202411:30 a.m.
Friday, March 22, 202411:30 a.m.
Tuesday, April 23, 2024    1:00 p.m. 
Tuesday, June 4, 20241:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 20, 20242:00 p.m.

COUNCIL MEMBERS JULY 1, 2023 - 2024, 2025

Aleks,RachelJune 30/24Odette School of Business4913
Alginahi,YasserJune 30/24Electrical and Computer
Al-Hayale,Talal*June 30/24Odette School of Business3120
Arnold,Robert*June 30/24Sociology, Anthro. & Criminology 3980
Asfour,Abdul-FattahJune 30/24Civil & Environmental Engineering2514
BakiFouziaJune 30/ 
Bick,Sally June 30/24School of Creative Arts2787
Bondy,Michelle*June 30/25School of the Environment 3730
Boulos,Pierre*June 30/24CTL3767
Bray,Meris*June 30/24Library 2974
Brisebois,KimberlyJune 30/24Social
CericIrinaJune 30/24Law2942
Collet-NajemTanjaJune 30/24Languages, Literatures & Cultures2071
Decou,JudithJune 30/24Odette School of
DuquetteAdrianaJune 30/25Kinesiology 4981
Eichhorn, HolgerJune 30/24Chemistry & Biochemistry3990
Essex,JameyJune 30/25Political Science2358
FaniHosseinJune 30/26Computer Science 2999
Giannotti,NatalieJune 30/24Nursing4988
Glassford,Larry #Oct. 2023Associate 
Holloway,SusanJune 30/24Education3818
Jasra,PardeepJune 30/24School of the Environment 4591
Jay LeungVickiJune 30/24Law Library4266
KaurTranumJune 30/25Chemistry & Biochemistry3570
Kianieff,Muharem*June 30/25Law2957
Lanoszka,Anna*June 30/24Political Science2355
Letteri, MarkJune 30/
Loughead,ToddJune 30/24Kinesiology 2450
Lubrick,MarkJune 30/24Office of Open Learning6867
Mattson, ScottJune 30/
Polies,WafaJune 30/24Civil & Environmental Engineering5449
Ruparathna,RajeevJune 30/25Civil & Environmental Engineering5433
Sakr, Ahmed HamdiJune 30/25Electrical and Computer Engineering5488
Sarkis,Diana*June 30/24Odette School of
Seth, Rajesh*June 30/24Environmental Engineering2553
Sevillano CanicioVictorJune 30/25Languages, Literatures & Cultures2073
Soderlund,Walter (Jake) #Oct. 2023Associate Member (alternate)
Soutter, Jennifer* June 30/24Library 3186
Sterling, MaureenJune 30/24Odette School of Business4252
Teasdale,GuillaumeJune 30/25History2327
VosoughiDaraJune 30/24Sociology, Anthro. & Criminology
Wu,DanJune 30/25School of Computer Science3777

(* indicates Executive Member July 1/2022 - June 30/2024)
(# indicates WURA representative to October 2023 [alternate Walter Soderlund])

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is an elected committee of Chief Officers of the Association who act on behalf of WUFA, subject to the direction of the WUFA Faculty Council and the general membership.  The main function of the Executive is to implement the general policies of the Association and act as daily liaison between the Association and other persons/organizations as required.   The Executive Committee is directed by the Council, and governed by the Constitution and Bylaws.

Executive Committee 2023-2024

Anna Lanoszka, WUFA PresidentPolitical ScienceExt: 2355
Pierre Boulos, VP GrievanceCTLExt: 3178
Meris Bray, VP InternalLibraryExt: 3186
Jennifer Soutter, VP ExternalLibraryExt: 3186
Rajesh Seth, VP SWDEACivil & Environmental EngineeringExt: 2553
Talal Al-Hayale, Sec./TreasurerOdette School of BusinessExt: 3120
Rachel Aleks, Contract ChairOdette School of Business
Ext: 4913
Robert Arnold, Director at LargeSociology, Anthropology & CriminologyExt: 3980
Muharem, Kianieff, Communications DirectorLawExt: 2957
Michelle Bondy, Director at LargeSchool of the EnvironmentExt: 3730
Diana Sarkis, Sessional DirectorOdette School of
Adrian Van Den Hoven, Associate Member(WURA)

Constitution and Bylaws

The activities of the Faculty Association are governed by its Constitution and Bylaws. The Constitution sets out the aims of the Association; forms of membership; purpose, responsibilities, and composition of committees; meeting schedules; and the process for determining membership dues. The Bylaws elaborate these themes, and describe the procedure for ratification of collective agreements and taking and ending strike action.  Amendments may be proposed by members at any time. They are discussed at membership meetings, then, ratified by the membership at large by mail ballot. Changes to the Constitution require a two-thirds majority; changes to the Bylaws require a simple majority of ballots cast.

Policies, Practices and Procedures

WUFA’s Policies, Practices and Procedures handbook codifies how the Association implements the Constitution and Bylaws.

WUFA's External Communications Policy (approved by Faculty Council June 2022) is found here: External Communications Policy

WUFA's Guide to Civil Discourse on Social Media (approved by Faculty Council September 2023) is found here: A Guide to Civil Discourse on Social Media

Rules of Order

WUFA meetings follow the Association's Rules of Order handbook and are supplemented Bourinot's Rules of Order, to foster full and free discussion at General Membership Meetings and meetings of Council, Executive and Committees.

Harassment and Violence Policies for WUFA Employees

WUFA is committed to the prevention of harassment and violence in the workplace and will take whatever steps are reasonable to protect its employees. WUFA and its employees are expected to uphold the WUFA Harassment Prevention Policy and the WUFA Violence Prevention Policy.