Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE)! 

As the Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE), I wish to extend a warm welcome to all of you, as we embark on the 2018-19 academic year. Now well into our Department’s second century of existence, and approaching our University’s Bicentennial Anniversary in 2021, we renew our commitment to train the leaders of tomorrow through excellence in teaching, research and service, and to advance and translate knowledge about sport, physical activity and human health across the lifespan. Whether you are a student, an alumnus, a supporter or are thinking of joining us, we invite you to embark on this mission with us.

In a little over a year, our Department has grown in many ways. We have welcomed six new full-time academic staff, who all bring new and unique expertise to our research and teaching offerings. New administrative staff have also joined our team and are here to ensure daily support to our students. You will like the tight-knit feeling of our Department, where students can learn as part of small cohorts and in close collaboration with our full-time staff. At the academic program level, we offer current, diversified, quality professional preparation within the Physical and Health Education teacher training degree, and a rich and hands-on experience with our Tassone Teaching Lab, and plans to develop a Kinesiology clinic, for our Kinesiology students. There are also opportunities for all undergraduate students to take active roles in research by joining KPE labs throughout the course of their programs. Our recent Minor program in entrepreneurship offers new opportunities to develop new skills that will increase employability. At the graduate level, we offer two research-based Master’s degrees (M.A., M.Sc.) and are in the process of formalizing a doctoral program. Graduate students have the opportunity to advance knowledge on the physiological, neuromechanical or behavioural mechanisms of health, disability and disease across the lifespan, under the guidance of our expert researchers. We are also in the process of expanding the local and international networking opportunities that we provide for our students. At all levels, there are funding opportunities that are available for qualified students.

If you are a new student, I extend a warm welcome to you, and I wish you a stimulating journey with us in KPE. If you are a continuing student nearing graduation, we welcome your contributions and feedback so that we can make your stay in KPE as fruitful as can be, and we encourage you to keep in touch and remain a member of our KPE family past graduation. If you are a prospective student, family member, partner, or alumnus, I extend an invitation to you: please join us in our continued efforts to grow KPE into a world-class, vibrant research and training environment.

Julie Côté, Ph.D.
Kinesiology and Physical Education Department Chair