The 2021 Dr. Robert S. Rodger Lecture was held on Wednesday evening, February 24, 2021. Presentations were delivered by keynote speaker Dr. Larry Savage of Brock University Faculty Association and DFA President Dave Westwood. DFA Member Tim Juckes opened the evening with a tribute to Dr. Rodger, who passed away in January 2021. The lecture series was established by the DFA in 2018 in honour of Dr. Rodger, to recognize his extraordinary efforts in leading the certification drive of the DFA in 1978 and for helping create DFA's first Collective Agreement that has protected the interests of DFA members for over 40 years. Presentations and a video recording of the event are available for DFA members in the Members Only section of this website.
(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.
Statement from DFA President David Westwood (January 25, 2021): The DFA condemns the anti-Black racist behaviour of an uninvited participant who infiltrated an online event held by Dr. OmiSoore Dryden, who holds the James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies at Dalhousie University. Dr. Dryden hosts regular "Chair Chats" as a forum for Black students at Dalhousie University to share their experiences in a supportive environment. The DFA applauds Dr. Dryden for this important initiative which helps create a vibrant academic community in which diversity is valued and can flourish. We believe that equity, diversity, and inclusion are core principles that are central to Dalhousie's academic mission. Racist behaviour must not be tolerated in the Dalhousie community or elsewhere.
CAUT's bulletin is now available online. The February 2021 Bulletin mentions DFA in the Hot Topics, related to bargaining and pensions (p. 8) and recognizes the late Dr. Robert S. Rodger on p. 9.