Jim Denison, PhD, MEd, BA

Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs
Email
jim.denison@ualberta.ca
Address
4-411 Van Vliet Complex - West
8831 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H9

Overview

About

Degrees

Ph.D. in Kinesiology; Major: Sport Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA (1990-94)

M.Ed. in Education; Major: Educational Psychology, University of Toledo, OH, USA (1988-90)

BA Political Science, Fordham University, NY, USA (1981-86)

Background

  • Former NCAA Division I middle-distance runner (3:43.50 1500m PB)
  • Former high school and university cross-country and middle-distance running coach (1986-1992)
  • Lecturer in Sport Psychology, University of Waikato, New Zealand (1994-2001)
  • Lecturer in Sport, Media and Culture, De Montfort University, Great Britain (2001-2004)
  • Lecturer in Sports Coaching, University of Bath, Great Britain (2004-2006) 
  • Joined the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation as an Associate Professor in 2007

Research

Dr. Denison studies coaching from a socio-cultural perspective. More specifically, he views coaching as a social act whereby what coaches know and do on an everyday basis is as much a relational and social process as it is a physical one. Through this lens he is interested in topics related to the coach-athlete relationship, training methodology, and skill learning. Importantly, through his analysis of these topics he is at all times conscious and concerned with making direct and practical links back to what coaches do everyday with the athletes in front of them.

Dr. Denison is always interested in talking to prospective graduate students with an interest in studying coaching from a socio-cultural perspective. For prospective thesis students (MA or PhD) he would expect that they have a strong background in social theory and a passion for problematizing a range of everyday coaching practices. For prospective MCoach students he would expect that they have a few years of coaching experience and a strong interest in the dynamics of effective coaching as a complex process.

Courses

KSR 572A - Coaching Practicum

Students will be required to coach for a complete season as head coach or assistant coach with major responsibilities in High Performance program approved by the student's Coaching Mentor. The purpose of the practicum is to provide students with practical experience of running their own High Performance program for an entire duration of 1 annual cycle that will include 1 competitive season. Note: a minimum of 250 hours of outside-classroom time is required. Prerequisite: consent of the Faculty. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KIN 572 or KSR 572 or PEDS 572.


KSR 572B - Coaching Practicum

Students will be required to coach for a complete season as head coach or assistant coach with major responsibilities in High Performance program approved by the student's Coaching Mentor. The purpose of the practicum is to provide students with practical experience of running their own High Performance program for an entire duration of 1 annual cycle that will include 1 competitive season. Note: a minimum of 250 hours of outside-classroom time is required. Prerequisite: consent of the Faculty. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KIN 572 or KSR 572 or PEDS 572.


KSR 575 - Social Dimensions of Performance in Sport

This course critically examines various power-knowledge formations and systems of discrimination such as racism and sexism and the implications they hold for those involved in the provision and production of sport. The starting point for this course is that performance and coaching in sport is an inherently complex, uncertain, and ambiguous process with long-standing colonial ties and neoliberal tendencies. This course provides students with a number of strategies and approaches informed by social theory to enable them to reflect on the effects of these various systems and processes in order to design and implement more effective and ethical practices. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KSR 575, KRLS 575, PERLS 575 or KSR 775.


KSR 576 - Principles of Performance: Programming and Pedagogy

This course examines a range of knowledges, perspectives and practices relevant to effective programming and pedagogy across a variety of coaching contexts. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KSR 576, KRLS 576 or PERLS 576.


KSR 590 - Research and Directed Studies I

Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KSR 590, KRLS 590 or PERLS 590.


KSR 690 - Directed Studies and Research

Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KSR 690, KRLS 690 or PERLS 690.


KSR 775 - Social Dimensions of Performance in Sport

This course critically examines various power-knowledge formations and systems of discrimination such as racism and sexism and the implications they hold for those involved in the provision and production of sport. The starting point for this course is that performance and coaching in sport is an inherently complex, uncertain, and ambiguous process with long-standing colonial ties and neoliberal tendencies. This course provides students with a number of strategies and approaches informed by social theory to enable them to reflect on the effects of these various systems and processes in order to design and implement more effective and ethical practices. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KSR 775, KSR 575, KRLS 575, or PERLS 575. Sections may be offered at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar.


KSR 900A - Directed Research Project

A significant piece of scholarly writing. This course used by course-based Master's students. Note: Students can complete only one project during their degree.


KSR 900B - Directed Research Project

A significant piece of scholarly writing. This course used by course-based Master's students. Note: Students can complete only one project during their degree.


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