Appointment of Professor Gretchen Kerr as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE)

PDAD&C #63, 2014-15

To:   Faculty, Staff and Students, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
Principals, Deans, Academic Directors, and Chairs 

From: 

Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost

Date:   February 11, 2015
cc: President Meric Gertler
The Bulletin
Re:   Appointment of Professor Gretchen Kerr as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE)

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Gretchen Kerr as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. She will serve in this capacity during Professor Jacob’s one-year administrative leave prior to the commencement of his second term as Dean of KPE.

Professor Kerr has served as Vice-Dean, Academic Affairs at KPE since 2013, and prior to this held the position of Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education. Nominators noted her significant administrative experience and positive relations across the Faculty, stating that she is the natural choice because of her knowledge of all aspects of KPE, including administrative, academic, and co-curricular areas.

Professor Kerr is an exceptional and highly experienced academic administrator. In her current role she has oversight of the development, management, and evaluation of the Faculty's undergraduate and graduate degree programs. She was a key leader in the development of the Faculty's new academic plan and is leading the implementation of its innovative teaching and learning initiatives.

Professor Kerr’s academic research interests are in the areas of harassment and abuse in youth sport; athlete-centred coaching practices; and women in coaching. In addition to her domain-specific research Professor Kerr has expertise in experiential education and student learning and development.  Professor Kerr has also demonstrated excellence in teaching and a strong commitment to service in her Faculty, the University, and the wider community. Professor Kerr holds degrees from the University of Toronto (BPHE, 1982, Ph.D., 1989) and York University (M.A., 1985).

I am grateful that Professor Kerr has agreed to serve in this important role. Please join me in welcoming her.