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 instill the desire to excel. Not just for the marks, but because it’s cool to know. That’s really why people should be going to university.”
– Dr. Jean Burnell, professor, Chemistry
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.
- 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.
- Chemistry prof inspires Dr. Mita Dasog was named one of the top 150 Canadian women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) by hEr Volution, a group aimed at encouraging more young women to pursue science-related careers.
- Teaching that cares: Dal prof receives Atlantic teaching leadership award Anne-Marie Ryan, a University Teaching Fellow in the Department of Earth Sciences, is this year’s recipient of the Anne Marie MacKinnon Educational Leadership Award.
- Computer Science prof celebrated as one of the top 150 Canadian Women in STEM As Canada turns 150, non-profit hEr VOLUTION is celebrating its top 150 Canadian Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), with Dr. Orji chosen in recognition of her efforts in and out of the classroom to advance technology.
- A "Royal" recognition for two Dalhousie researchers Julia Wright (Department of English) and Marsha Campbell-Yeo (School of Nursing) were recognized by the Royal Society of Canada, the country's National Academy of distinguished scholars, artists and scientists.
- Computer Science prof recognized as a digital diversity leader Nur Zincir-Heywood received the 2017 Women Leaders in the Digital Economy Award from Digital Nova Scotia, which recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to Nova Scotia’s ICT sector while actively championing women in the field.
- Meet this year's Dalhousie teaching award winners Dalhousie’s teachers make a difference in the lives of our students each and every day. Get to know the eight impressive individuals who are being recognized with 2017 University-Wide Teaching Awards.
- Dal prof receives prestigious French honour Professor Taghrid Abou Hassan of the Department of French is invested as a Knight in the Order of the French Academic Palms, a prestigious education award that celebrates the promotion of French language and culture.
”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'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.