Student Services

Undergraduate

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

Private thirty-minute advising appointments are available:

  • Mondays  11 am - 12 pm / 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays  1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays and Fridays  9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

​​​​Please contact undergrad.kpe@utoronto.ca to make an appointment.
Appointments are available by phone or MS Teams (video and screen sharing), which you have access to with your UTmail+ account.
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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.

 

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: Shannon Giannitsopoulou

Shannon Giannitsopoulou (she/her) is the Equity Engagement and Student Advisor within the Registrar’s Office. Shannon is passionate about working collaboratively with students to create transformative change in health education and beyond. She is an equity practitioner with over 10 years of experience developing, implementing and evaluating programs and campaigns with an anti-oppression lens in university, non-profit and grassroots settings. She is an experienced facilitator holding a Master of Arts in Social Justice Education from OISE and is currently completing her EdD in Social Justice Education at OISE. 
 
You can contact Shannon for general student advising topics (course planning, grad school preparation, academic petitions, etc.), as well as equity-related considerations such as advocacy, accessibility, and navigating equity-related policies and supports for students who are members of marginalized communities (e.g. students who are 2SLGBTQIA+, Indigenous/Black/racialized, who have a disability/are disabled, a member of a minoritized faith group, etc.).
 

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.

ACADEMIC SUCCESS SKILLS WORKSHOPS

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.

  • How to Better Understand and Decode Course Outlines - TBA
  • How to Study Effectively for Anatomy and Physiology - Monday, September 20, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Reading and Notetaking - Monday, September 27, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Building a Routine for Success - Monday, October 4, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Learning Habits to Stay Well - Monday, October 25, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Learning from Failure and Challenge - TBA
  • Catching Up Before Exams - TBA
  • How to Prepare for Online Exams - TBA
  • Managing Exam Anxiety - TBA

ONE-ON-ONE APPOINTMENTS

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.

Private forty-five minute, one-on-one online academic success advising appointments are generally available in the Winter 2021 term on Mondays and Fridays between 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. All appointments will take place via MS Teams (video and screen sharing), which you have access to with your UTmail+ account.

To book an appointment with a learning strategist please email undergrad.kpe@utoronto.ca with your request. Ensure that you include the following information with your appointment request:

  • Full name
  • UTMail+ email
  • UTORid
  • Appointment dates and times that work for you
  • Topic(s) you would like to discuss during the appointment

 

Your Learning Strategist: Jasjit sangha

Dr. Jasjit Sangha is a Learning Strategist with Academic Success and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. She has also worked as a Learning Strategist with Accessibility Services and the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. She brings comprehensive experience to her work with students through her background in adult learning, student development, mindfulness, and equity and inclusion. Her knowledge is also informed by her work teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. Jasjit completed her Ph.D. in Adult Education through OISE / U of T. 

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. Winter term 2021 workshop opportunities are listed below.

CAREER Education WORKSHOPS

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 - TBA
  • Relationship Building and Networking for Careers, in a Virtual World - TBA

 

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.


Graduate

Professional Development Workshops

GRADUATE SEMINARS 2020 - 2021

Kinesiology Graduate Seminars and PD Workshops

 


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. John meets with students virtually Monday - Friday by phone or video conference. 

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

Navi

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
www.mentalhealth.utoronto.ca

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

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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