Whether it’s learning in a classroom, co-authoring a research article, doing a fieldwork placement with a professional team, or spending your lunch break running around one of our tracks, as part of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, you’ll be joining us in our commitment to health, wellbeing, human movement, and leisure.
As Canadians are faced with higher incidences of disease and other health problems linked to sedentary living, health care organizations and governments are realizing the social and economic benefits of investing in proactive preventative measures.
By learning to take better care of our bodies through higher education, research and physical activity, we have a better chance of preventing illness and disease and the need for medical intervention.
Learning is a two-way process: To teach is to learn, and to learn is to teach. Whether it is through writing an essay, doing research work in a lab, teaching a graduate seminar, or studying for a mid-term, our students, faculty, Research Affiliates and staff are committed to enhancing the field of physical health and human performance.
Dr. Russell Field is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management. Field is a historian interested in the socio-cultural study of sport and physical activity, he has two primary lines of research. The first of these includes examinations – primarily historical – of global sporting events as sites of resistance and protest. In one project he is examining the history of the 1963 Games of the New Emerging Forces (GANEFO), which is an excellent example of the convergence of Cold War rhetoric, Second World tensions, and the politics of Third World de-colonization. His second line of research, examines cultural representations of sport and physical activity found in both narrative and documentary films.
His newest project will result in two case studies – one focused on the gymnasium operated by the One Big Union in Winnipeg – the other, a history of the experience of sport and recreation in Africville, the African Nova Scotian community in Halifax from which residents were forcibly evicted in the late-1960s.
Dr. Field also teaches and writes about sport film and is the founder and executive director of the Canadian Sport Film Festival (www.sportfilmfestival.ca).
Dr. Joannie Halas directs the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management’s Aboriginal Youth Mentor programs at the University of Manitoba. These programs are designed to address issues of access to quality and culturally relevant education and physical activity opportunities. To ensure that the Aboriginal Youth Mentor programs are as effective as possible, Halas uses insights from the latest research in her field and her own laboratory. In one of her research areas, she studies strategies to recruit and retain more Aboriginal and under-represented groups (e.g., racialized minorities, “newcomer” youth) into the field of physical education. Halas also studies ways to better prepare physical education graduates — who are predominately white — to work effectively and respectfully with diverse populations. One way is to recognize one’s white privilege.
Dr. Jay Johnson is an associate professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba.
One stream of Jay’s research explores child labour issues amongst junior triathletes and the effects of body-based harassment (body fascism) on girls’ and boys’ body image and participation in physical activity.
Dr. Johnson’s research is influenced by his belief that research can play a more prominent role in guiding and transforming community-based sport and recreation into positive, health-enhancing endeavours that respect the fundamental human dignity of coaches, officials and, perhaps most importantly, the athletes.
Another area of Jay’s interdisciplinary research explores how economically and socially disadvantaged youth experience their metropolitan landscape in a bid to identify desired environmental changes that may increase the use of active spaces.
He also examines the culture of sport hazing and initiations with the goal of constructing alternatives to the traditionally abusive and harmful practices adopted by teams. He has published extensively in international journals on hazing and initiations and co-edited a book titled Making the Team: Inside the World of Sport Initiations and Hazing.
Dr. Litwiller is an Assistant professor in the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management.
Dr. Litwiller’s research interests are grounded in recreation for social inclusion and wellbeing. For example, in one project they explored the benefits of nature based recreation. More recently Litwiller has used participatory action research methods to cultivate understandings on how to create welcoming and inclusive recreation environments for individuals with mental illness. Litwiller has also recently undertaken a project using drag performance with LGBTQ youth to explore gender, in particular, gender identity and gender expression.
Dr. Heather McRae is a Community Scholar for Indigenous Achievement in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management. Her research is guided by indigenous and community-based research principles and she seeks to create practical, fun and innovative research tools that help build the research capacity of community participants, particularly youth.
The focus of her work as a community scholar is on developing supportive, respectful indigenous achievement and community engagement initiatives at the University of Manitoba. Her work is infused with indigenous and anti-oppression theory and practices with a special focus on the role of non-formal learning in community sport and engagement initiatives that increase access to post-secondary education for indigenous and inner-Winnipeg residents. McRae’s previous research focused on fostering culturally-relevant program planning and leadership practices for urban Aboriginal youth in community sport.
Dr. Sarah Teetzel is an associate professor in the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management. Her research examines equity, justice, and fairness in sport.
Sarah’s latest research project, which examines the barriers faced by transgender athletes in sports was recently featured in a CBC news article. Her other projects include an analysis of the gendered nature of doping research and anti-doping education campaigns (funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency) and an examination of whether drug testing in sport is a justifiable violation of an athlete’s right to privacy and autonomy (funded by a Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics Research Fellowship). Teetzel has also written about fairness for transgendered athletes.
Dr. Yi’s research on adapted physical activity is aimed at the advancement of applied and scientific knowledge related to physical and health education, physical activity/sport, recreation/leisure, and (dis)ability. He approaches these questions from a socio-cultural perspective working with diverse groups of people to attain social justice, equity, access, and inclusion for everyone. His current focus is on individuals experiencing disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and newcomers to promote social justice and cultural sustainability in various physical activity settings.
To achieve this goal, and to emphasize the centrality of these individuals within his study, Dr. Yi employs community-based participatory approaches. This involves collaborative problem-solving that equitably includes members of the community, stakeholders, and researchers in the entire process of research in an effort to achieve positive societal change. Moreover, he also employs the ideas of community service-learning (a collaborative education method combining university coursework and community-based service programming) in his research program to enable community-academia collaborations and engage future educators/professionals in such processes as agents of change. He also employs various other methods (e.g., qualitative research approaches and systematic review) to broaden and enhance his program of research.