Shining a light on excellence at Dal

Come out to the second-annual Dalhousie Legacy Awards

- June 14, 2019

The Dalhousie Legacy Awards recognize outstanding members of the university community. (Nick Pearce photos)
The Dalhousie Legacy Awards recognize outstanding members of the university community. (Nick Pearce photos)

Dalhousie University is filled with exceptional people deeply committed to inspiring students on their educational journey and making a lasting impact on the world.

They conduct pioneering research, impart knowledge in the classroom, keep the university running smoothly, and support students when they need it the most, fostering a diverse, purpose-driven community that spans 13 faculties and conducts more than $150 million in research each year.
Next week, the university hosts its second annual Dalhousie Legacy Awards ceremony to recognize and celebrate some of these outstanding individuals for their contributions to making the Dal community great.

“The Legacy Awards ceremony was created to bring us together as a community to say a special thank you to our faculty and staff," says Jasmine Walsh, assistant vice-president of Human Resources at Dal. "The awards are given to employees who have been identified this year as going above and beyond in their work and the community."

Walsh encouraged members of the Dal community to come out to the awards event to cheer on colleagues and get inspired.

“It’s really amazing to reflect and celebrate the incredible work that our faculty and staff are doing every day on our campuses. Without our people we don’t achieve our goals. It’s an honour to thank them for all that they do," says Walsh.

The ceremony covers a number of university-wide awards across a range of areas selected for their alignment with the university’s strategic priorities. This year, the President’s Award for the Advancement of Equity, Diversity and Inclusiveness (EDI) has been expanded to include both an individual recipient and a group category.

The 2019 Legacy Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 19 from 4-5 p.m. in the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in the Dalhousie Arts Centre, with a reception to follow. All Dalhousie faculty and staff are invited to attend. Please RSVP.

2019 Legacy Award Recipients


President’s Research Excellence Awards

Emerging Investigator Award recognizes the achievements of a Dalhousie faculty member at the early stages of their career.


  •     Dr. Mita Dasog (Chemistry – Science)
  •     Dr. Rita Orji (Computer Science)
  •     Dr. Karen Foster (Sociology and Social Anthropology - FASS)
  •     Dr. Stefanie Colombo (Animal Science and Aquaculture - Agriculture)
  •     Dr. Barret Kurylyk (Civil and Resource Engineering - Engineering)
  •     Dr. Mohammad Hajizadeh (Health Administration - Health)

Research Impact Award recognizes the achievements of a Dalhousie faculty member who have made significant impact in their field of research.


  •     Dr. Jennifer Llewellyn (Law)
  •     Dr. Matthew Herder (Pharmacology - Medicine/Law)
  •     Dr. Alix Carter (Emergency Medicine)

University Research Professorship recognizes a limited number of individual faculty members who have achieved distinction in scholarship.


  •     Dr. Susan Howlett (Pharmacology - Medicine)
  •     Dr. Krista Kesselring (History – FASS)


The Service Awards
recognize good citizenship through personal volunteerism or by helping position Dalhousie as a good citizen in the world.

President’s Awards for the Advancement of Equity, Diversity and Inclusiveness recognizes the outstanding efforts of a faculty or staff member in advancing equity, diversity and inclusiveness at Dalhousie.

  •     Individual recipient: Dr. Amy Bombay (Health)
  •     Group recipient: WeAreAllCS (Computer Science)

Dr. Allan Cohen Memorial Award for Community Service recognizes a staff or faculty member who works to fulfill the mission of the Medical School by displaying outstanding community service with health-related organizations and causes.

  •     Dr. Heather Scott (Obstetrics & Gynaecology - Medicine)

Gladys Littler Award recognizes a staff member who exemplifies a high level of commitment, high standards of performance, and outstanding service to the Faculty of Dentistry.

  •     Dr. Janice Ruppert (Dentistry)

Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning Awards
recognize contributions to maintaining and supporting Dalhousie's reputation as being a leader in higher education.

Academic Innovation Award recognizes an individual or team who has developed an innovative initiative that has resulted in a sustained impact on student learning at Dalhousie.

  •     Dr. Sarah Wells (Biomedical Engineering – Science)

Alumni Association Faculty Award of Excellence for Teaching recognizes a full-time faculty member with evidence of outstanding teaching and educational leadership.

  •     Dr. Matthew Schnurr (International Development Studies, FASS)

Award for Excellence in Education for Diversity recognizes an individual or team that has enhanced the Dalhousie teaching and learning environment through excellence in education for diversity.

  •     Dr. Suzanne Zinck (Psychiatry – Medicine)

Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision recognizes the successful mentorship of graduate students through an enriching, supportive and productive learning environment.

  •     Dr. Susan Howlett (Pharmacology – Medicine)

Contract and Limited-term Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes an individual who has shown excellent overall quality in teaching and a sustained commitment to excellence.

  •     Dr. Rory Chisholm (Chemistry – Science)

Early Career Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes a faculty member in their early career with a minimum of three years teaching and fewer than ten years teaching experience in their current role.

  •     Dr. Scott Comber (Management)

President's Graduate Student Teaching Award recognizes a graduate student instructor who provides exceptional student learning experiences and demonstrates a commitment to their own professional development.


  •     Asmita Sodhi (Mathematics & Statistics)
  •     Michael Beh (Chemistry)
  •     Landon Getz (Microbiology & Immunology)

Sessional and Part-Time Instructor Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes a part-time faculty member with sustained commitment and dedication to excellence in teaching at Dalhousie.


  •     Dr. Mark Wall (Chemistry – Science)
  •     Dr. Samantha Cukier (Health Sciences — Health)


The People Awards
recognize outstanding contributions to Dalhousie University.

Health + Safety Awards

Environmental Health and Safety Award recognizes an individual or group who has undertaken any activity that makes Dalhousie University a safer place to live, play, work and study.

  •     Heather Sutherland and Linda Parker, Ancillary Services

Healthy Workplace Award recognizes a department that fosters healthy workplace practices and initiatives.

  •     Graduate Studies

DPMG Award recognizes an employee of the Dalhousie Professional and Managerial Group (DPMG) for their exemplary contributions to the university.


  •     Martha Skerry (HR)
  •     Keltie Jones (Agriculture)
  •     Emily Huner (FASS)
  •     Hazel Ling (Student Affairs – Student Health & Wellness)

Rosemary Gill Award recognizes a staff or faculty member who has provided outstanding service to students, other than teaching.


  •     Terrence Gallivan (Registrar’s Office)
  •     Elizabeth Welsh (Biology – Science)
  •     Dr. Craig McCormick (Microbiology – Medicine)

Staff Excellence Award recognizes staff members who have made exceptional contribution to supporting the Faculty of Agriculture.

  •     Ashley Coffin (Extended Learning - Agriculture)

Stoker Awards

Stoker Award for Appreciation recognizes a Facilities Management team with significant accomplishment that exemplifies the Facilities Management values.

  •     IDEA Trades and Custodial Teams (Sexton Campus)

Stoker Award for Innovation recognizes a Facilities Management team with significant accomplishment that exemplifies innovation in the way the work is done.

  •     Space Planning Team and Carpentry and Paint Shop

Stoker Award for Safety recognizes a Facilities Management team or individual that has made significant contribution to workplace safety, either by action or commitment to process improvement.

  •     Planned Power Shutdown Team


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