The Faculty of Arts & Science is pleased to announce that Ilsa Wong will join the Dean’s Office on November 1 for an eight-month term as Associate Dean.  Ilsa will serve in a range of Dean’s Office portfolios, taking the lead as Dean’s Designate on several ongoing and upcoming search processes and providing expert coverage for the temporary administrative leaves of Associate Deans Jennifer Copeland (November – December 2023) and Janay Nugent (February – June 2024).

Ilsa joined the Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education at the University of Lethbridge in 1998. Her diverse research and teaching experience includes: wellness and physical activity; growth, development and aging; leadership skills development; and coaching in sport.  Ilsa has more than a decade of Chair experience in a large department, extensive service to the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association, including as its president in 2008-09, and was the head coach of the University women’s soccer team from 2000-2014 and 2018-2021.

We are delighted to have Ilsa join the Dean’s Office team. Ilsa has a deep commitment to impactful educational experiences for our students, both inside and outside the classroom.   Her administrative, service and leadership expertise will be of great value to our team and to all faculty, staff and students. – Dean Matt Letts

An Instructor III, Ilsa holds a BSc in kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, a BEd in physical and health education from the University of Toronto and an MSc in sport and exercise psychology from the University of Oregon.  Ilsa is co-author of Fit and Well: Core concepts and labs in physical fitness and wellness, a popular educational resource in physical education now in its sixth edition. She is currently on the Board of Directors (Coaching) for Pickleball Alberta and is a National Coaching Certification Program Learning Facilitator for both Pickleball Canada and Canada Soccer.

I am flattered to have been considered for this acting position and am excited to become more familiar with units in the Faculty. The strength of the Faculty of Arts & Science is its people and I look forward to working with the students, staff, and faculty to best represent the Faculty across campus. – Ilsa Wong