Faculty & Staff


Billy Strean, PhD


Physical Education and Recreation

About Me

Dr. Billy Strean is a 3M National Teaching Fellow — Canada's most prestigious recognition of excellence in university teaching and educational leadership.

Ph.D. (Kinesiology – Sport & Exercise Psychology), University of Illinois, 1993
M.A. (Philosophy and Psychology of Sport), University of Iowa, 1988
B.A. (Philosophy; Elementary Education Certification) Grinnell College,1986

As a 3M National Teaching Fellow, Dr. Strean has focused on excellence in teaching, learning and educational leadership. He is actively engaged with education, healthcare, and public and private sector communities. 

  • Certified Somatic Coach (Strozzi Institute), 2004
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (The Coaches Training Institute), 2001


Dr. Strean’s research and scholarly interests include: Somatic and ontological approaches to leadership, well-being, and exhilaration; Mindfulness in educational contexts; Teaching and learning issues in physical activity and adult/higher education; The role of laughter and humour in learning and well-being; Professional practice and effectiveness in sport psychology and helping professions.


PERLS 420 – Play: The Foundation of Recreation, Sport and Physical Activity
PEDS 444/PERLS 582 – Communication Skills & Strategies in Sport and Physical Activity
PAC 320 – Structure and Strategy of Games