Check out Dave Westwood's DFA President's Message for November 2022.

We have prepared a brief Q&A document to answer questions for our members. Please keep in mind that the information contained here is directed toward Members of the DFA Bargaining Unit, whose terms and conditions of employment are determined by the DFA/Board Collective Agreement.


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 DFA member Dr. Debbie Martin, who helped us recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2022. Dr. Martin's presentation "Reconcili-ACTION in research: Is the academy headed in the right direction?", was recorded and is available here. (This was part of the DFA's Public Speaker Series.)

In May 2022, DFA members Remi Agu, Barbara Hamilton-Hinch and Dominic Silvio presented on Being a Black Professor at Dalhousie. Details on where to find the recording and a transcription can be found at This was part of the DFA Public Speaker Series.

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.

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