About Us

The goal of Acadia's School of Kinesiology is to
develop the leaders of tomorrow.


Director's Welcome

Welcome to Acadia Kinesiology,

Our faculty and staff are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly and we all take pride in our excellent program.  We have a unique “family” here at Acadia University. 
We offer a CCUPEKA accredited 4-year undergraduate degree in Kinesiology as well as an honours (research) option. Our School of Kinesiology also coordinates a number of programs including S.M.I.L.E., Kinderskills, Acadia Active Aging, Cardiac rehab, Sports Injury Assessment and Management, Exercise and Training, etc., where our faculty and staff work closely with our partners in the surrounding communities to allow our students to apply the lessons from the classroom.
The faculty and staff of the School of Kinesiology support each student to allow them to achieve their full potential.  The Acadia Kinesiology experience is second to none, this is the place to grow.  For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely, René J.L. Murphy, Ph.D.

Our History

The School of Kinesiology has gone through major changes in the past decades. Before the School of Kinesiology was formed in 2014, it was the School of Recreation Management and Kinesiology and before that it was the School of Recreation and Physical Education.

The School, as it is today, would not have been possible without the help of the five founders: Donald Wells, Elizabeth Vermeulen, Robert Vespaziani, Gilbert Chapman and David Joos. The journey to today's school began in the fall of 1890 when a new gymnasium was built at Acadia. In 1910, an introductory and required course in physical education was formed. From 1911 until 1914 all first year students were required to take the Physical Training course as a requirement for a Bachelor of Arts degree. During World War One the course was removed but returned in 1921. At this time all first and second year students were required to take this course for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

In the early 1920's the Department of Physical Education was formed within the Faculty of Arts. In September 1969 the name was changed to the Department of Physical Education and Recreation which offered a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Physical Education. In June 1974 the Department changed its name to the School of Recreation and Physical Education. Also that year Senate approved the establishment of a master's degree in Recreation.

In 1997, the School changed its name to the School of Recreation Management and Kinesiology. In October 2001, the opening of the Kinesiology laboratories brought great excitement to the School.   Beginning in 2009, the Recreation Management program evolved into the Community Development program. In July 2014, Community Development and Kinesiology became two separate academic units.  The school name was changed again to the School of Kinesiology. The Department of Community Development was created at this time.

In August 2016, the Department of Community Development moved to another location on campus.  Now the School of Kinesiology is the only academic unit in War Memorial Gymnasium.

Our Mission & Vision

Acadia University's Kinesiology Program provides students with diverse educational opportunities in theoretical and practical settings in the biophysical, socio-cultural, and psychomotor areas, with the goal of creating tomorrow's leaders, who are committed to life enhancement through movement.

Graduates of Acadia University's Bachelor of Kinesiology program will be tomorrow's leaders in Kinesiology and in related fields. They are committed - personally and professionally- to life enhancements through movement.

The Kinesiology program achieves these goals by providing leadership experiences, which are linked to diverse theoretical and practical educational experiences in the biophysical, socio-cultural, and psychomotor aspects of physical activity.

Our Kinesiology Program prepares graduates to assume leadership in enhancing life through physical activity. We achieve this by providing diverse educational opportunities in the biophysical, socio-cultural, and behavioral areas and through exposure to scholarly and professional practice.