2020-2021 Vacation Carry-Over Deadline Extended

If you are a DFA Member and your workload in the 2020-21 academic year prevented you from being able to use your vacation entitlement, you can make a request to carry over unused vacation into the 2021-22 academic year. The deadline for requests has been extended to July 31, 2021 for this year only. (The deadline is typically June 30.)

Clause 30.02 of the DFA collective agreement states that: Vacation entitlement is expected to be used annually but a Member may request that vacation entitlement be carried over from one year to the next. Requests shall be made to the Dean or Vice-President concerned and shall not be unreasonably denied.

Questions about the carry-over of vacation entitlement may be directed to dfa@dal.ca.

Now Open! Applications for Anomalies

If you feel your salary is anomalously low when compared to the salaries of your Faculty colleagues based on experience and rank, you can apply to the Anomalies Fund. The application deadline is July 31, 2021. Complete the Application to the Anomalies Fund for Base Salary Adjustments and send to the Anomalies Fund Committee Chair Dr. Mark Stradiotto, Department of Chemistry at mark.stradiotto@dal.caBy submitting your application from your dal.ca address, it is deemed to be signed by you. In addition to sending an application to Dr. Stradiotto, please send a copy to the head of your unit (Dean, University Librarian, or Vice-President). Once submitted, email Dr. Stradiotto to ensure he received your application.

President's Message (June 3, 2021): Reconciliation is a Shared Commitment

Dr. Tara Perrot, DFA President 2021-22

Silence isn’t an option in the face of the horrific discovery of 215 Indigenous children on the grounds of a residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. This discovery is yet another stark reminder of our history, a history that was documented in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TCR) Report of 2015, as well as the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) report of 1996. The loss of these Indigenous children is part of the truth of our past and it needs to be recognized as such. If we are ever to move toward reconciliation, we must acknowledge the inter-generational trauma, colonialism, racism and hurt that continues into the present day.

This is intended not only as a statement of abhorrence, but an invitation to act. If you haven’t read the TCR report, read it. I urge you all to engage with the ‘Calls to Action’ in the TCR as individuals and as a collective. Reach out to your federal representatives and inquire about their progress in moving forward with these actions. Discuss with your department members and unit leaders how you can ensure Indigenous content in your courses. Collaborate with colleagues to encourage Indigenous-centered research. Support Indigenous membership in your community and demand it in your workplace.

Reconciliation is a shared goal and one which requires action. Dalhousie’s Board of Governors and Senate have expressed support for the TRC Call to Action. It’s time to make good on that expression with action.

DFA Fall Teaching Format Survey

DFA recently surveyed its membership to learn how faculty members were feeling about their teaching fomat for the Fall 2021 term.  Members noted the uncertainty and conflicting messages they are receiving from Dalhousie administration.  They also feel pressured to accept the proposed format, and/or were afraid to voice their concerns.  A summary of results can be found here

DFA condemns anti-Asian discrimination

Statement from DFA President David Westwood (March 22, 2021): The DFA condemns anti-Asian discrimination, including racially-driven behaviour and recent attacks on the Asian community.  The DFA values inclusion as integral to delivering on Dalhousie's academic mission, helping to create a vibrant academic community in which diversity can flourish.

CAUT's May/June Bulletin Online

The CAUT May/June 2021 Bulletin is now available.  This issue covers CAUT's recent censure of University of Toronto, a round-up on the federal budget and interesting stats on the unfair treatment, discrimination or harassment among university faculty and researchers.

Collective Agreement between DFA and the Board of Governors formally ratified

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(February 17, 2021) – Both the DFA and the Dalhousie Board of Governors have now formally ratified the tentative agreement reached in January. The DFA membership voted in favour of the agreement last month, with 96% of voting members accepting the agreement. Last week, the Board of Governors ratified the agreement.  The new Collective Agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2022.  Click here for more details.