This spring, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) elected Dr. Peter McInnis of St. FX as their new President.  In this 3-minute video, Peter shares his thoughts on academic freedom, tenure and other professional rights.  If you can, take a quick break and listen to what Peter has to say. Peter, a history professor at St. FX, is a former President of the St. FX University Association of University Teachers and has served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Nova Scotia University Teachers. He has also been CAUT’s Executive Vice-President since 2019 and, from 2015-2019, chaired the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee.

Another colleague from Nova Scotian joins Peter on the Executive. Yalla Sangaré, Association des professeurs et bibliothécaires de l’Université Sainte-Anne, sits as Treasurer of CAUT.  CAUT’s full Executive Committee for 2022-2023 is listed here. Learn more about CAUT at

The DFA office is closed on Fridays during June, July and August.  Regular office hours (Monday to Friday, 730 am to 330 pm) resume Monday August 29.

Meet the member of the DFA's 2022-2023 Bargaining Team.  Click on a member's name to watch a short, less-than-30-second video. The Bargaining Team members highlighted below are joined at the negotiations table by DFA Professional Officer Jack Brown and DFA Administrative Officer, Lynn Purves.  Working with the team behind the scenes are DFA President David Westwood, DFA President-Elect Mark Lewis, and staff members Kristin Hoyt and Catherine Wall. Over the weeks and months ahead, we will all be busy preparing for this round of bargaining, so stay tuned for updates!


Thank you to panelists Remi Agu, Barbara Hamilton-Hinch and Dominic Silvio for their thoughtful and impactful presentations on Being a Black Professor at Dalhousie.  A recording of the presentations can be found here.  This presentation was held May 11, 2022 as part of the DFA Public Speaker Series. A transcription is available on request by contacting DFA Communications Officer

Remi Agu is a Professor in the Faculty of Health, School of Pharmacy.  He is chair of the DFA Equity Committee.

Barbara Hamilton-Hinch is a Associate Professor, Faculty of Health, School of Health and Human Performance.  She is Dalhousie's Assistant Vice-Provost Equity and Inclusion.

Dominic Silvio is a Librarian 3, Reference and Research Services at the Killam Memorial Library. He is Co-Chair of the Black Faculty and Staff Caucus at Dalhousie.

Together, We Are Dal

Professors, instructors, librarians and counsellors - our valued DFA members - are dedicated to their students, providing the best possible post-secondary education and experience for the Dalhousie community. The success of this university relies on the commitment of our members.

The DFA negotiates and protects one of the strongest collective agreements in Canada’s university sector.  Bargaining on behalf of more than 950 members, our volunteers and staff work tirelessly advocating for Members’ rights, making your concerns heard by the Administration. Year after year, we challenge the Administration on issues that affect our members, our students, and our fellow workers at Dal.

For a history of the DFA, read 40 Years of Activism: Working for a Better Dalhousie.

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Dal’s Pension Plan is healthy and strong. As of Sept 30/21, the Plan was funded at 110.8% on a going-concern basis, the only standard that applies. The Plan is required to be funded at 107.7%.

Upon request to the Dean, Members have a right to defer applying for reappointment, tenure, continuing appointment, or appointment without term for up to 2 yrs. This request must stem from COVID-19 work disruption and current appointments will be extended accordingly.

In recogntion of the additional demands placed upon a Member during COVID-19, all Members have an additional 5 days vacation for the 2021-2022 vacation year.

Article 30.05 - if you are off sick, the Chair (or above) should RESCHEDULE your classes, not reassign them to other people.