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.
Our mission is to “develop, advance and disseminate knowledge about physical activity, health and their interactions through education, research, leadership and the provision of opportunity.” We deliver this mission through the synergies among the outstanding research, education and broad spectrum of co-curricular physical activity and sport programs that are all resident within the Faculty.
The importance of our mission has never been more urgent given what we now know about the personal health and well-being benefits of healthy active living, and the costs to our personal health and our health care system of physical inactivity. The scientific support is unequivocal: those who participate in co-curricular physical activity and sports programs are likely to reap huge 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 such complex and important issues.
The Faculty offers outstanding undergraduate (BKIN) and graduate (MPK, MSc, MA, PhD) degree programs where the cutting-edge research of our 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; moreover, they provide an opportunity to practice what we preach about the importance of physical activity for our physical, social and psychological health and well-being. 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. Our graduates work in universities, research institutes, schools, sports organizations, and with government programs nationally and internationally.
Outstanding professors, student support staff, facilities, and a multi-disciplinary curriculum are key strengths of our program. All courses are taught by accomplished scholars and scientists who bring their scholarship and research expertise into their classrooms and teaching labs. 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