DFA and ANSUT hosted a Public Forum on University Governance: Faculty and Student Perspectives. Our speakers passionately shared their insights and personal experiences on this important issue that affects those in post-secondary education from coast to coast.  Many steps and recommendations for improved governance models at our institutions were put forward. Progress toward this improvement only happens as a result of open, thoughtful and respectful dialogue, and we thank our speakers for leading that discussion. A recording of the presentations can be found here.

The DFA Membership has voted to accept the tentative agreement reached last week with the Dalhousie Board of Governors.

"Last week, both sides came to the table ready to work with the conciliator and we are pleased with the resulting agreement,” said DFA President David Westwood. “While no side ever gets everything they are looking for, this is an agreement that our Executive and our membership can stand behind. 

A total of 773 members had their say in the ratification vote which took place Thursday and Friday this week.  This represents 77% of our total membership.  Of those who voted, 93.7% voted to accept the deal.

Before the tentative agreement can be considered a new collective agreement, the Dalhousie Board of Governors must also vote to accept the deal.  If that happens, the tentative agreement will form the new collective agreement and will be effective retroactively to July 1, 2022.

The current collective agreement between the DFA and the Dalhousie Board of Governors expired June 30, 2022.  DFA filed notice to bargain on April 1, 2022.  Bargaining began September 29 and after nine meetings, the teams were unable to reach an agreement.  The DFA filed for conciliation on November 9, and its members delivered a strike mandate of over 92% in mid-December.  Conciliation took place January 4 and 5 with provincially-appointed conciliation officer Peter Lloyd. 

DFA’s Bargaining Bulletins can be found here.

The DFA held a strike vote from December 13 - December 15.

  • A total of 833 Members voted, representing 82.2% of the Bargaining Unit Membership
  • Of those who voted, 92.2% indicated they would be willing to strike
  • In addition to the 833 Members who cast votes, 9 did not register a yes or no vote in the system

Our Members have demonstrated their willingness to strike if the Board does not improve the contract that they have offered. This strong strike mandate shows the Board that DFA Members are serious about the issues at stake. With this vote, our Members have told the Board that they will not accept an offer that would undermine equity and fairness and that would erode fundamental academic principles that lie at the heart of this institution.

Conciliation meetings are scheduled for January 4 and 5 with conciliator Peter Lloyd. The DFA Bargaining Team is approaching these meetings as an opportunity to reach an agreement that DFA Members will find acceptable, but the two sides remain very far apart on issues that are important to our Members. We remain hopeful that the Board’s team listens to our Members' concerns, and takes the necessary steps to avoid a disruptive job action.

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

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.