Reappointment of Professor Ira Jacobs as Dean, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE)

PDAD&C# 46, 2014-15

To:  Faculty, Staff and Students of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs 
From:      Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost
cc:          President Meric Gertler
The Bulletin
Date: December 10, 2014
Re:  Reappointment of Professor Ira Jacobs as Dean, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE)

I am pleased to announce that the Agenda Committee of Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Ira Jacobs for a second term as Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE), from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2021.  This term includes an approved one-year administrative leave from July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.  In early January I will begin soliciting input from the KPE community as to the appointment of an Acting Dean during Professor Jacobs’ leave. 

In his first term, Dean Jacobs led the development of a new Academic Plan and he will continue to work on its implementation plan, strategic goals and priorities during his second term.  Professor Jacobs has delivered on the decanal priorities of enhancing and deepening the research capacity and profile of the Faculty, and seeing two capital projects to fruition.  He has been instrumental in growing undergraduate and graduate programs in Kinesiology and exercise sciences and ensuring their high academic quality.  Overall, Professor Jacobs’ leadership has the Faculty well-positioned to continue on a positive upward trajectory in terms of its enrolment plans, research profile and reputation during his second term.

Before joining U of T as the Dean of KPE in 2010, Professor Jacobs was a federal government scientist and then a full professor and Chair of York University’s School of Kinesiology & Health Science from 2007 - 2010.  He has published over 200 scientific articles, reports and book chapters about his research on performance enhancement through pharmacological and nutritional manipulation of metabolism, physiological responses to physical exertion in environmental extremes, and energy metabolism.  He is a past president of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, past president of the Canadian Council of University Physical Education & Kinesiology Administrators, and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the US National Academy of Kinesiology. 

Please join me in thanking the advisory committee for its work, and in congratulating Professor Jacobs on his reappointment.