Dalhousie Faculty Association

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Corporate body

Authorized form of name

Dalhousie Faculty Association

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  • DFA

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Description area

Dates of existence



The Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA) originated in 1951 as an informal alliance of professors primarily concerned with low salaries and their mistrust of the university’s senior administration. By the mid-1970s its officers represented senior faculty members from across the disciplines and the association had established the Dalhousie Faculty Club, in which it held its meetings.

In 1978 the DFA proposed that the Board of Governors grant the association the right to collective bargaining by voluntary recognition. Rejected by the Board, the DFA moved to apply for certification from the Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board under the Trade Union Act, and in November 1978 the DFA was officially certified as the union representing the interests of all Dalhousie professors and professional librarians in the matters of employer-employee relations.

The DFA is affiliated with the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). Currently the union represents more than 900 faculty, professional librarians and counselors working at Dalhousie University in both Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia.


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Related entity

Dalhousie University. Board of Governors (1821 -)

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Description of relationship

The Dalhousie Faculty Association is the union representing the faculty and professional librarians employed by the Dalhousie University Board of Governors.

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Manual of style: The Chicago Manual of Style. 17th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Descriptive standard: ISAAR (CPF) - International Standard Archival Authority Record For Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, 2nd ed., Canberra: International Council on Archives, 2004.

Authorized form of name: Library of Congress Authorities.

Date and time format: ISO 8601-1:2019 - Date and time — Representations for information interchange — Part 1: Basic rules.

Country code format: ISO 3166-1:2013 - Codes for the representation of names of countries and their subdivisions -- Part 1: Country codes.

Institution identifier: ISO 15511:2011 - Information and documentation -- International standard identifier for libraries and related organizations (ISIL).

Institution identifier: Library and Archives Canada - Symbols and Interlibrary Loan Policies in Canada.

Language format: ISO 639-3:2007 - Codes for the representation of names of languages -- Part 3: Alpha-3 code for comprehensive coverage of languages.

Script format: ISO 15924:2004 - Information and documentation -- Codes for the representation of names of scripts.

Sources: The Chicago Manual of Style. 17th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.



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  • Latin


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  • EAC

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