Join us on Friday, September 30 at 10 am (AST) to learn from DFA member Dr. Debbie Martin. To help us recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Dr. Martin will speak on "Reconcili-ACTION in research: Is the academy headed in the right direction?", bringing her unique perspective to the topic.  A professor of Health Promotion at Dalhousie, Dr. Martin is also a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples’ Health and Well-Being. She leads two large multi-year network grants: the Wabanaki-Labrador Indigenous Health Research Network, and the Atlantic Indigenous Mentorship Network. She is also Chair of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health Advisory Board at the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and is a newly-elected member of the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars. She is Inuk and a member of NunatuKavut. (This is open to all, with info available at Presentation brought to you by DFA's Public Speaker Series.)

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This spring, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) elected Dr. Peter McInnis of St. FX as their new President.  In this 3-minute video, Peter shares his thoughts on academic freedom, tenure and other professional rights.  If you can, take a quick break and listen to what Peter has to say. Peter, a history professor at St. FX, is a former President of the St. FX University Association of University Teachers and has served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Nova Scotia University Teachers. He has also been CAUT’s Executive Vice-President since 2019 and, from 2015-2019, chaired the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee.

Another colleague from Nova Scotian joins Peter on the Executive. Yalla Sangaré, Association des professeurs et bibliothécaires de l’Université Sainte-Anne, sits as Treasurer of CAUT.  CAUT’s full Executive Committee for 2022-2023 is listed here. Learn more about CAUT at

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!


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.

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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.