From visionary beginnings in 1968 and buoyed by a consistent record of innovation, the Department's reputation for excellence places it among world leaders in the field.
The University of Waterloo offered one of the first undergraduate degree programs in recreation and leisure studies including the first co-operative education program, as well as the first MA and PhD programs in recreation and leisure studies in Canada.
Through focus on community, environment, health and well-being, identity and diversity, and service and policy, our research strives to critically evaluate leisure in its diverse forms with a goal of enhancing quality of individual and collective lives.
Explore faculty, research and postdoctoral positions in the Faculty of Health, including the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.
Commitments to anti-racism
The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS) has a responsibility to pay attention to past and current injustice and racism, to confront it, and to actively participate in the creation of a more fair and equitable society.
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Kinesiology's Dr. Troy Glover has co-created a tactical guide called Activate Your Neighbourhood that aligns with Canada's physical activity strategy.
Dr. Heather Mair, professor and associate chair for graduate studies, is the 2023 recipient of the Senior Graduate Mentorship Award, while Dr. Karla Boluk, associate professor and associate chair for undergraduate studies, is the 2023 recipient of the Mid-career Graduate Mentorship Award.
Brendan Riggin is recognized for his impact and lasting influence on student learning.