Student Services


The Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education offers a wide range of student support services to help you make the most of your university experience - inside and outside the classroom. Key supports are listed below.

Academic advising is delivered by KPE's Student Advisor via online group advising and one-on-one private academic advising appointments via phone or MS Teams. Review the information below for details about these support services. Winter term 2021 group advising sessions and appointment options are listed below.

Group Advising

Group advising is your opportunity to explore a topic of interest with KPE's Student Advisor and a group of peers. Online group advising sessions will usually start with a brief presentation by the Student Advisor followed by a Q&A session and group discussion. Online registration will open one week prior to the session. Registrants will receive an access link for the BlackBoard Collaborate online session prior to the group advising session. Slides from past sessions are available below.

One-on-one Appointments

Academic advising is your opportunity to explore your personal strengths and dreams in a supportive environment to assist you with personal goal setting and decision making. Appointments are also recommended if you experience any challenges during your time at U of T.

Private thirty-minute advising appointments are available :

  • Monday to Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Appointments are available by phone, MS Teams (video and screen sharing) which you have access to with your UTmail+ account, and in-person (Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays).
​​​​Please contact to make an appointment.

Your Academic Advisor: Darryl McSherry

Darryl has worked at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education for over 25 years in a variety of roles and as of November 1, 2014 holds the position of Student Advisor in the Office of the Registrar. Darryl has extensive knowledge of the policy, programs and services of the Faculty and the University. Appointments with Darryl focus on your strengths, goals and priorities so you can make the most of your time at U of T.  Darryl completed a B.A. degree in Geography and History at the University of Toronto and a B.Ed. at the University of Western Ontario. Darryl has also completed a course in Appreciative Advising with Florida Atlantic University. ​​​​​Beyond the U of T campus, Darryl enjoys cooking, gardening, outdoor activities, music, gaming and spending time with family and friends.

Your Academic Advisor: Feyisami adara

Feyisami recently joined the Faculty in the role of the Equity Engagement and Student Advisor. They hold a BA in Equity Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies from the University of Toronto. Appointments with Feyi focus on identifying your strengths and applying it to challenges, developing decision making strategies, and helping you thrive throughout your University career. Outside of work, they enjoy cooking, listening to music and watching a lot of television.

KPE in partnership with Academic Success offers a series of online workshops and virtual one-on-one academic success advising appointments with a Learning Strategist to support KPE undergraduate students' academic success goals.

Winter term 2021 workshop and appointment opportunities are listed below.


All workshops are tailored to the needs of KPE undergraduate students and will take place online. Online registration will open one week prior to the workshop date. Registrants will receive an access link for the Zoom session prior to the workshop.

  • Reflection and Forward Thinking - Wednesday, January, 26, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Motivation in an Online Learning Environment - Monday, January, 31, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Procrastination and Motivation: Burnout/Stress Management - Wednesday, February 9, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Healthy Learning Habits - Wednesday, February 16, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Time and Energy Management - Monday, March 7, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Exam Preparation - Monday, March 28, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.


Virtual Learning Strategist appointments are recommended for students who wish to achieve academic success in their university studies and improve their grades, learning skills and study habits. To book an appointment for a phone or video call with a learning strategist through the Career and Co-Curricular Learning Network (CLN).

Your Learning Strategist: nick nicola

Nick is the Learning Strategist with Academic Success and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. In his role, he provides advanced academic and learning skills counselling and advises students on the development of their educational plans. Nick completed his BA at the University of Toronto, MA at Queen’s University, and is currently a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Miami. To this role, he brings years of practical learning experience demonstrated by his perspectives as a student, teaching assistant, instructor, and facilitator. 
Learning is an on-going process and Nick is here to guide you along your learning journey. Feel free to reach out to him anytime! 

Academic Success

Academic Success is dedicated to making sure students achieve their highest possible learning potential. All KPE undergraduate students have access to their services and programs. Please visit the Academic Success website for more information.


KPE in partnership with the Career Exploration and Education at U of T offers a series of online workshops to support KPE undergraduate students' career goals. 2021-22 Fall - Winter academic session workshop opportunities are listed below.


All online workshops are tailored to the needs of KPE undergraduate students and are facilitated by a Career Educator. Online registration will open one week prior to the workshop. Registrants will receive an access link for the BlackBoard Collaborate online session prior to the group advising session.

  • CV/Resume Workshop - Tuesday, October 12, 4 - 5 p.m.
  • Explore Your Options: Alternatives to Grad School  - Tuesday, November 2, 4 - 5 p.m.
  • Know your skills - Tuesday, November 16, 4 - 5 p.m
  • What can I do with my Kinesiology degree? Exploring Career Options for Kinesiology Students - Monday, January, 17, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Relationship Building and Networking for Careers - Friday, February, 18, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.


Your career educator: Mary mcauliffe

Mary McAuliffe is a Career Educator, Career Exploration & Education. In her role Mary works with undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them identify career exploration opportunities and navigate career decisions, through one on one appointments and workshops. Prior to her work at U of T, Mary worked as an HR consultant, corporate recruiter and job developer for a number of organizations, both domestically and internationally. She has a vast understanding of organizational culture and diverse recruitment and selection practices having worked in a wide range of sectors including Government, Not-for-profit, Education, I.T. and Banking. Mary holds an M.Sc. in Work and Organizational Psychology, together with Postgraduate Diplomas in Special Needs Education and Human Resource Management.

Booking Appointments:

To book an appointment with the career educator please login to CLNx. 
Once you login select Career Education and Exploration from the dropdown menu, click Career Appointments, click Book by Appointment Type, go to Career Exploration and click Book.
Next click on the date that works for you and select the timeslot of your choice, fill all the additional information on the next page and click Book Appointment when you're done.
You will receive an email confirming your appointment. 

Career Exploration and Education 

Career Exploration and Education at U of T supports you as you build your future in our changing world. CEE helps you explore what you can do with your degree, discover job opportunities and further education.

Programs and services include but are not limited to:

  • Career Advising Appointments
  • Job Shadow Program
  • Dream Job Academy
  • Career Chats

For more information about these programs and services please visit the Career Exploration and Education website.


Professional Development Workshops

Kinesiology Graduate Seminars and PD Workshops


  • Navigating Academic Relationships, day, February 28, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Reflecting & Tracking Progress, day, March 14, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

KPE Grad Space

In this series, students will be provided a space to co-work on their assignments, projects, readings, and thesis. The Grad Space offers an inclusive, engaging, and supportive environment for KPE graduate students to excel in their academic pursuits while being engaged with their graduate community at large. 
The Grad Space is held on Zoom every Friday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

To join click the following Zoom link: KPE Grad Space


KPE Wellness Counsellor

The Faculty, in partnership with the U of T Health and Wellness Centre, offers confidential counselling services to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in KPE degree programs. 

Many students find it helpful to meet with a counsellor to learn how to manage stress around schedules, exams, relationships, or any unexpected challenge. Perla Pardias, RSW and Charlie Williams, RSW are available to listen and help you identify strategies to enhance your own inner resources.  

To book a virtual or appointment, contact the Health and Wellness Centre at 416-978-8030 and ask to book a time with the KPE counsellor. 

Note: Wellness Counsellor services are only available to students who live in Ontario due to provincial regulatory requirements. 


Navi is a virtual agent that help students navigate mental health supports at the University of Toronto. Navi is an informational tool for wayfinding, and does not provide advice, counselling nor does it make any diagnosis. If students would like to speak to someone, Navi highlights a suite of resources that students can connect with 24/7.

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Student Mental Health Website

From workshops and programs to in-person counselling and more, U of T has many services and resources to meet you where you are. Whether you’re building a strong foundation for the future or looking for ways to get help right now, there’s a resource for you. The Student Mental Health website has a robust search and filter function that allows students to match their needs with the many types of supports available through the University and its community partners.


KINections is your one-stop shop for information on all the ways you can connect and get involved beyond the classroom as a KPE student! You’ll find curated events and activities that support wellness and connection at KPE and with the broader local and global community.

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