Mark Norman

Mark Norman

Mark Norman

Alumnus, PhD (2015), Exercise Sciences

“My mentors and colleagues have been fantastic.”

I am in my fifth year of studies in the Department of Exercise Sciences in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, a multidisciplinary department. My work is situated in the sociocultural research stream. I completed a BA at the University of Toronto (double major in History and English) in 2005 and an MA at Simon Fraser University (International Studies, specialization in International Development) in 2009.

My dissertation research explores the forms and meanings of physical activity (broadly defined) and physical culture in Canadian correctional institutions. Other areas of research interest include sport and new media, sport and international development, and the social significance of hockey in Canadian society.

I chose to study at U of T because of the strong faculty in sociocultural research on sport and health — in particular, because of my two co-supervisors, Dr. Peter Donnelly and Dr. Bruce Kidd.

My mentors and colleagues have been fantastic. I have greatly benefited from the faculty members who I have worked with and learned from over the course of my studies, and I have been fortunate to be surrounded by a group of fellow students who have provided a very supportive and intellectually stimulating environment.

A PhD is a long haul with lots of peaks and valleys. Surrounding yourself with supportive peers and friends is a huge benefit in navigating the inevitable challenges that will arise. Following graduation, I plan to apply for a postdoc, with the long-term goal of becoming a professor.