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Welcome to the Faculty of Human Kinetics!

Photo of the Acting Dean, Dr. Jess Dixon

As a long-serving faculty member, proud alumnus, and former Lancer athlete, it is my privilege and pleasure to welcome you to what is affectionately known as the HK Family! Our mission in the Faculty of Human Kinetics is to inspire students to be lifelong learners and leaders by engaging them in the study of human movement and in opportunities ranging from high performance sport to leisure and recreation. This mission is carried out by two highly interrelated units: the Department of Kinesiology and the Division of Athletics and Recreational Services.

Kinesiology is the academic unit where our students complete bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees under the tutelage of some of the most gifted teachers and brightest researchers that our field has to offer. As evidence of our academic excellence, our Bachelor of Human Kinetics program has been identified by MacLean’s Magazine as a standout program at the University of Windsor and has among the best student satisfaction ratings on campus according to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), while our Movement Science major is accredited through the Canadian Council of Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators (CCUPEKA). At the graduate level, our Master of Human Kinetics program in Sport Management has been consistently ranked #1 in Canada and among the top 40 in the world by SportBusiness International, a leading trade publication based out of the United Kingdom. We have a number of new programs on the horizon, including a new direct-entry undergraduate Sport Management and Leadership program set to begin in the Fall of 2021. Kinesiology research is facilitated through a number of research centres and laboratories, and is supported by funding from all three major Canadian granting agencies (i.e., NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR), along with several foundations and industry partners. Collectively, our research advances knowledge that enhances health, well-being, and overall quality of life, and promotes meaningful change in the areas of community, health, industry, policy, society/culture, and sport/recreation on local, national, and international scales.

Athletics and Recreational Services includes all of our Lancers varsity and club teams, some of the most progressive and diverse campus recreation and intramural programing you will find in North America, and some of the finest athletic facilities you will find in the country. Over the past 25 years, our Lancers athletic teams have captured 26 national titles and 51 provincial titles, produced 3 U Sports Athletes of the Year, 6 U Sports Academic Top 8 selections, several Olympians, and dozens of coach of the year honours, while Lancer Recreation has captured many national and international awards for its leadership and programming excellence through the Canadian Intramural Recreation Association (CIRA) and NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation. Our athletic and recreational programming primarily take place in the St. Denis Centre, which comprises the Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse (inclusive of a 200m indoor track and gymnasia), the Forge Fitness Centre, and Alumni Field (inclusive of a World Athletics certified 400m outdoor track and FIFA/CFL approved artificial turf field). Supported by a $55M commitment from our undergraduate, graduate, and part-time student unions, the University of Windsor broke ground on the new $73M Lancer Centre in the Fall of 2019, which will provide our students and local community with a triple gymnasium with seating for 2,000 spectators, a state-of-the-art 13,000 square foot fitness centre, an eight lane 25m pool, new social and study areas (including the Alumni Lounge), three multipurpose rooms, and refurbished outdoor fields. These programs and facilities provide countless opportunities for student employment and experiential learning, and facilitate dozens of community partnerships. Needless to say, the Faculty of Human Kinetics serves as a major hub of campus and community activity and is a tremendous source of Lancer pride. To learn more about the history of our Faculty and Lancers Athletics, please visit here.

I get asked all the time, ‘what makes the Faculty of Human Kinetics such a special place to study, work, compete, and/or play?’ My answer always comes down to our PEOPLE. It was the caring and passionate faculty and staff who first recruited me here as a graduate student more than 20 years ago, and it is our people who provide the foundation for everything that we achieve today. Guiding the decisions of our people is a deep commitment to equity and excellence in everything that we do, among other core values. Today, I am honoured to serve as Acting Dean, where I work alongside some of the most knowledgeable and dedicated people that our fields have to offer. To learn more about the mission, vision, core values, and strategic priorities of Kinesiology and Athletics and Recreational Services, respectively, I encourage you to review our Strategic Plan, which can be found here.

These are unprecedented times and there is considerable uncertainty about the 2020-2021 academic/athletic year. I assure you that we are doing our absolute best to provide our students with a positive and memorable learning experience that will set them on the path to success wherever their futures might take them. I wish you all my best over the coming year and look forward to meeting many of you, virtually or in-person, in the coming weeks and months. In particular, I look forward to (re-)connecting with our proud and accomplished HK Alumni who are leaders in their respective fields. Until then, please stay safe and be well!

Dr. Jess Dixon
Acting Dean, Faculty of Human Kinetics