Message from the Dean

Welcome to the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

I wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years, it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

In the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, we strive to advance healthy living through inclusive movement, and we do this through our degree programs and other learning opportunities, our research, and our leadership. All of what we do is guided by the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and excellence in well-being, inclusivity, innovation and collaborations.

The importance of the field of kinesiology and physical education has never been more urgent given what we know about the value of movement for personal and community health and well-being and for the health of our environment. The scientific support is clear: those who are physically active are more likely to reap benefits for their academic experience, their health, their social networks, and their leadership skills. The BKin degree program is designed to provide students with the foundation of knowledge and critical thinking skills to become informed participants and developing leaders in addressing the complex and important issues facing Canada and beyond. 

The Faculty offers outstanding undergraduate (BKin) and graduate (MPK, MSc, MA, PhD) degree programs where the cutting-edge research of our renowned faculty members is brought into the classroom. In addition to academic theory courses, students engage in practica which provide important opportunities for applying and demonstrating the theories that are learned in the classroom. We encourage students to take advantage of professional placement opportunities made available in education, kinesiology, sports and healthcare settings. Through these placement experiences, students may apply their knowledge and skills in professional and community settings and contribute their ideas and energies to the promotion of health, physical activity, and sport both locally and globally. There are also opportunities for undergraduate research experiences under the direction of our professors who are leaders in their fields. We prepare students to be global citizens through a variety of international experiences. Our graduates work in universities, research institutes, schools, sports organizations, health care and with government programs nationally and internationally.

Outstanding professors, students, student support staff, facilities, and a broad-based curriculum are key strengths of our program. Our students also have access to the unrivaled resources of the entire University of Toronto, truly one of the world's great universities. 

I hope you have a challenging, enjoyable, physically-active and rewarding year. 

With best wishes,

Gretchen Kerr, PhD
Dean, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education