The DFA is hiring a new Professional Officer.  Applications will be reviewed beginning January 31, 2022.  Short-listed applicants will be invited for an online interview shortly thereafter. The anticipated starting date for the position is March 2022.

On December 13, 2021, the DFA wrote to Dalhousie Provost Frank Harvey expressing our concerns about health and safety for the winter term. Taken from the letter signed by DFA President Dr. Tara Perrot and DFA Grievance Chair Dr. Dave Westwood, "Trust is an important aspect of employment relationships, especially during a public health emergency. But this trust must be earned. Given that the policy in place for the fall semester was not enforced despite the availability of data clearly showing the extent of non-compliance, many of our Members no longer trust that a policy of this kind going forward will in fact keep people safe if it is not clearly executed and monitored."

On November 22, 2021, the DFA wrote to Dalhousie Provost Frank Harvey. Despite our many requests for meaningful consultation, the Dalhousie Administration continues to leave the DFA out of the planning process.  The DFA calls for proof of vaccination to be required on the first day of class in the winter term for students enrolled in “in person” classes. If the proof of vaccination is not be provided by that date for every student in a class, DFA is demanding the flexibility for Members to perform their duties remotely.

DFA's President-Elect David Westwood was interviewed by several media outlets in late November week regarding Dalhousie's move to mandatory Proof of Vaccination.

CTV (November 25, 2021)

Global (November 25, 2021)

CBC Online (November 24, 2021)

To mark the first national Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the DFA hosted a presentation by Professor Patti Doyle-Bedwell Patti is a Mi'kmaw woman from Potlotek First Nation. She is Associate Professor with Dal’s Open Learning and Career Development Faculty and Indigenous Studies in FASS.  A Master’s graduate of the Schulich School of Law, her thesis focused on compensation for residential school victims. Patti directed the law school’s Indigenous Black and Mi'kmaq Initiative and was the first Mi'kmaq woman to teach in that program. For 10 years, Patti chaired the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women.  She has been recognized by CBC as one of the  Best Minds of Our Times,  and in 2012 received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee award.  Patti is a member of the DFA Executive Committee and was part of the DFA's 2020 Bargaining Team.

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.

As a member of the DFA, you can help!

  • Get involved. Contact the DFA about volunteer opportunities.
  • Attend DFA events. General meetings and other special events happen several times a year, so watch your email, this site and social media.
  • Stay social. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @dalfacultyassoc. Like and share our content to spread the word about issues important to our members.

Together, we are Dal.

We welcome your questions, concerns and feedback.
Email or call 902-494-3722.  

You can also email the DFA President anytime at


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.

All Members have an annual $1000 health spending account. This can be used for medical expenses or can be applied to your benefit plan premiums.