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
Phone
(780) 492-6824
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.

I am 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) I would expect you to have a strong background in social theory and a passion for problematizing a range of everyday coaching practices. For prospective MCoach students I would expect you to have at least a few years of coaching experience and a strong interest in the social dynamics of effective coaching.

Courses

KIN 245 - Introduction to the Profession of Coaching

Examines the principles of coaching as they relate to the development of the athlete, the role of the coach, and organization of sport in contemporary society. Designed to present basic coaching theory that is applicable to a variety of sport settings with the focus on the practice and the season. Note: Credit will only granted for one of KIN 245 or PEDS 245 or 345.

Fall Term 2020
KIN 347 - Applied Coaching Practice

This course examines the practice of coaching with an emphasis on a number of advanced social science concepts and theories as they apply to effective coaching. The position of the athlete as a learner will be central to this course to promote the idea that coaching is a complex social, psychological, and pedagogical process centered around human interaction and development, and underpinned by a number of applied sport sciences. Students should ideally have previous or ongoing coaching experience. Prerequisite: KIN 245. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KIN 347 or PEDS 347.

Fall Term 2020
KIN 447 - Advanced Topics in Coaching

Study of advanced topics in coaching as they relate to the development of the athlete, the coach, and the organization of sport in contemporary society. Designed to present coaching theory that will guide rising coaches in the development of sport programs that will positively contribute to Canadian society and its sport development model. Prerequisites: KIN 245 or Consent of Instructor. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KIN 447 or PEDS 447.

Winter Term 2021
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.

Fall Term 2020
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.

Winter Term 2021
KSR 575 - Coaching Knowledge: The Social Dimensions of Performance Sport

A critical examination of the construction of coaches' knowledge and what makes coaches effective. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KSR 573, KRLS 573 or PERLS 573.

Fall Term 2020
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.

Winter Term 2021