Dean's Office

Leadership team in the Faculty of Kinesiology 

Dean Penny Werthner

Dean Penny Werthner

Dr. Penny Werthner, PhD, became the Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology in 2012. She is one of Canada’s most distinguished consultants in the field of sport psychology. She is one of the founding members of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) and has been named one of the Top 20 Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity by CAAWS. 

Werthner has more than 30 years of distinguished experience in sport psychology consulting, sport-related management consulting, program management and academic leadership. She came to the University of Calgary after spending 12 years at the University of Ottawa as Director and Associate Dean of the School of Human Kinetics.

Werthner claimed bronze medals in the women's 800 metres at the 1971 Pan American Games and in the 1,500 metres in the 1978 Commonwealth Games and 1979 Pan American Games. After retiring as an athlete, Werthner turned to academics, earning her BA from McMaster University, and her MSc and PhD from the University of Ottawa. She has served as a sport psychology consultant for Canada's national and Olympic teams since 1985, including acting as an advisor to the Canadian Olympic Committee on sport psychology for the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She also worked with Canada’s canoe/kayak and diving teams at the 2010 London Olympic Games and with Canada's freestyle skiing team at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games.

Other Roles 

With dozens of peer-reviewed papers and book chapters to her credit, she currently serves on the editorial board for the International Sport Coaching Journal as well as a reviewer for the journals of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise and Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. She is also a member of the editorial board for the Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching. 

Werthner is a founder and past Chair of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA/ACPS), a member of the International Council for Coach Education, an advisor to the Coaching Association of Canada Women in Coaching Program and a learning facilitator for the National Coaching Certificate Program (NCCP).

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Patricia Doyle-Baker, Associate Dean, Graduate

Dr. Patricia Doyle-Baker, Dr. PH/PhD, is a professor in exercise physiology in the Faculty of Kinesiology, and an adjunct professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. She is also a member of the O'Brien Institute of Public Health and the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health.  

Dr. Doyle-Baker does research in clinical exercise physiology (biomarkers: lean and fat mass, cholesterol, hormones) epidemiology and sport science. Her career is framework around her background as a doctor of public health and alpine ski coach.

She is passionate about speaking with diverse populations on health and educational issues to promote health literacy in Canadian society. She believes strongly in sharing knowledge and regularly collaborates with other faculties and universities as well as organizations outside of academia.  

Listen to her podcast Fitness in the age of COVID.

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Dr. Patricia Doyle-Baker, Dr. PH/PhD

Walter Herzog, Associate Dean, Research

Dr. Walter Herzog, PhD, is a professor of biomechanics and the director of the Human Performance Lab in the Faculty of Kinesiology. He is a professor in the Schulich School of Engineering, an adjunct professor in the Cumming School of Medicine and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He also holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) for Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics.

Dr. Herzog is a leader in the field of biomechanics and was awarded the prestigious Killam Prize for his work. His research focuses on the neuro-biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system. He studies the mechanisms of muscle contraction, the role of the structural protein titin, and the biomechanics of joints focusing on the mechanisms of the onset and progression of osteoarthritis. 

He has more than 600 publications in scientific refereed journals, as well as been the author/editor of six books, more than 50 book chapters, and more than 900 refereed conference proceedings.

UToday article Prestigious Killam Prize awarded to Walter Herzog, pioneer in biomechanics. 

Neuromech TV Interview: It is not about papers, it is about people.  (Interview begins at one minute)

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Dr. Walter Herzog, PhD

William Bridel, Associate Dean, Academic

Dr. William Bridel, PhD, is an associate professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, and a 2020-2021 Calgary Institute for the Humanities Fellow for the project: Exploring the Meaning of Sport and Physical Activity in the Lives of Queer Calgarians: A Socio-Historical Inquiry.

His current projects include investigations of LGBTQI2S+ inclusion in sport, as well as inclusion and safe sport policy. He is also interested in sport-related pain and injury, with a focus on athletes’ experiences of sport-related concussion.

Dr. Bridel received the 2021 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Faculty Award as well as awards for teaching excellence at the University of Calgary.

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Dr. William Bridel, PhD

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