Message from the Dean

Gupta Faculty of Kinesiology and Applied Health

In 2019-2020 I completed my second year as the Acting Dean of the Gupta Faculty of Kinesiology and Applied Health. For me it has been a rewarding experience to get to know the faculty and staff who devote a lot of time and energy to delivering their programs in Kinesiology and Athletic Therapy.  A number on events took place this year that I was able to participate in when the opportunity arose.

In June, Nathan Hall hosted our annual awards breakfast with the Manitoba Physical Education Supervisors Association.  The Physical and Health Educators of Manitoba are affiliated with the Manitoba Teachers Society as a special area group. It is an educational and professional organization which is dedicated to serve physical and health education in Manitoba schools​. This one-day event was well attended with at least twenty-five educators from around the province.

In the second week of March, auditors representing Canadian Council of University Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators (CCUPKA) visited the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Health in preparation of the renewal of the accreditation of the 4-year Kinesiology program (BKin). The Department drafted a detailed institutional self-study report and overall, the auditors were quite happy with the quality of the program being offered at the University of Winnipeg.

In late winter, the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Health submitted a package for the Athletic Therapy program to the University Curriculum Committee. This package was in response to the competency-based education that the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association (CATA) is recommending for all accredited programs. The UWinnipeg Athletic Therapy program has been accredited since 1999.  In response to the CATA recommendations, the department made some important changes to the program, including the move away from direct access of undergraduate students to the program in first year. Students are now required to apply to the Enhanced Major in Athletic Therapy at the end of their second year.

Overall, the Gupta Faculty of Kinesiology and Applied Health had a very successful year and I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to Melanie Gregg, Chair of Kinesiology and Applied Health, as well as Rebecca Stephenson for her much needed administrative support for the Faculty.