Faculty and Staff
Building intimate learning communities
A talented, dedicated team of faculty and staff, make up our energetic academic community. Employment opportunities exist in a range of roles and environments, each one critical to the success of the university. From professors and academic advisors to technical support and campus security, our faculty and staff make essential contributions that enrich students' learning experiences, support teaching and enable us to maintain our position as one of Canada’s leading research and teaching universities.
Over 2,100 staff across our campuses promote an enhanced learning environment by providing a variety of services that range from campus administration to facilities operations, technology infrastructure to supporting the student experience.
Our stellar academic reputation attracts more than 90 per cent of first-choice candidates for academic positions. Our faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized for their achievement, research and teaching. More than 90 per cent of our faculty have a PhD or doctorate.
”I try to create an environment where people feel comfortable giving input, both positive and negative.”
– Dr. Vivian Howard, associate professor, School of Information Management and 2017 recipient of the Alumni Association Award of Excellence for Teaching
We host 50 Canada Research Chairs — more than at any other university in the Atlantic Region. These chairs advance the frontiers of knowledge in their fields, not only through their own work, but also by teaching and supervising students and co-ordinating the work of other researchers.
Many of our professors are national and international award winners.
- One of Canada's best: Earth Sciences prof named 3M Teaching Fellow
For Earth Sciences Professor Anne-Marie Ryan, a great classroom is built on great conversation. Now, her community-based approach has earned her Canada's top recognition for teaching: the 3M Teaching Fellowship.
- A royal crew: Dal celebrates largest‑ever class of Royal Society of Canada honourees
The Royal Society of Canada, the senior collegium of distinguished scholars, artists and scientists in the country, is recognizing more outstanding Dal researchers than ever before this year. Meet the nine individuals celebrated this year: six as RSC Fellows, and three as Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
- Computer Science prof recognized for digital leadership
Rita Orji, assistant professor in the Faculty of Computer Science, is this year’s recipient of the Women Leaders in the Digital Economy Award, presented by Digital Nova Scotia — the second year in a row a Dal Computer Science prof has been recognized with the honour.
- Costume Studies instructor weaves community of support for students This year's winner of the DSU award for teaching, Anneke Henderson (Fountain School of Performing Arts) builds the sort of community that helps her students succeed.
- Law Prof Jocelyn Downie named to Order of Canada Schulich School of Law Professor Jocelyn Downie's contributions to Canadian health law and policy have been recognized with the Order of Canada.
- Educating for health care's collaborative future Occupational Therapy prof Diane MacKenzie has played a pivotal role in shaping interprofessional health education at Dalhousie, winning the university’s top award for innovation in teaching this year for her work on developing a stroke care simulation.
- Compassion in the classroom Nursing professor Lisa Goldberg’s efforts to create inclusive and positive learning spaces for students earned her Dal’s award for Excellence in Education for Diversity this year.
- Problem solving and critical thinking — with new twists Mike Smit, Information Management prof and this year's recipient of Dal's Early Career Teaching Award, gets creative when it comes to engaging students in the classroom.
- Expanding the classroom beyond the lecture Information Management professor Vivian Howard, this year’s recipient of Dal’s top teaching award, eschews traditional lectures for an engaging style of teaching that puts students front and centre.
We've made a commitment to increasing the proportion of first-year teaching provided by tenured or tenure-track faculty ensuring solid foundations for future academic success.