The timeline for applications for the 2022-2023 Anomalies Fund year has been extended. Deadlines for applications is October 31. The Committee's decision will be sent to the Member in writing by November 30. Anomalies fund salary adjustments will be retroactive to July 1, 2023.

On August 30, 2023, the DFA President Dave Westwood (front, right) and Dal President Kim Brooks officially signed the DFA/Board of Governors Collective Agreement, effective July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2025.  Witnessed by DFA President-Elect Dominic Silvo (back, left) and Dal AVP Human Resources Laura Neals. A PDF of the agreement is available here.

In recognition of Pride, DFA hosted a zoom panel presentation on Thursday, August 24, 2023. Thank you to our speakers Susan Spronk, Kyle Wilby and Owen Johnstone for sharing their thoughtful and personal presentations.  A recording of the presentations can be found on our public-oriented website, at

Thank you to Dr. Fabrice Colin, President of Laurentian University Faculty Association, for joining us to speak about the 2021 insolvency claim by Laurentian and the two years of chaos that followed. Dr. Colin's presentation provides a sobering look at the layoffs, program closures and brutal treatment of faculty and staff during the first-ever insolvency claim by a Canadian university.  This presentation was the DFA's 2023 Dr. Robert S. Rodger Lecture Series. The recording of Dr. Fabrice Colin's presentation can be found here. Recordings of this lecture and others held by the DFA can be found at

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.