Dr. Wendy Rodgers is a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at University of Alberta. She held several administrative positions in the Faculty, including Associate Dean (Research), and Vice Dean. Dr. Rodgers has also been active in research ethics review and related administration since the beginning of her career.
Dr. Rodgers studies social cognitive theories as they relate to behavior change in varying contexts with a particular focus on exercise in rehabilitation settings. Her work concerns how individual level motivational characteristics relate to intentions to increase exercise behavior in consideration of contextual influences that might impede or support behavioural adoption, change, and persistence. Dr. Rodgers has an extensive publication and funding record.
Dr. Rodgers was appointed Deputy Provost in July 2015, and has been reappointed for 2 additional terms. As Deputy Provost, she leads key strategic initiatives with organizational-wide impact and provides advice and direction on academic planning and issues affecting the University. Dr. Rodgers has a long history of administrative and governance roles within the University. Dr. Rodgers is the institutional lead on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives and programming, and institutional initiatives providing leadership development and support, issues management, and faculty workload and evaluation. Additionally appointed as Interim Dean of Extension July 1, 2021, Dr. Rodgers will lead the strategic transition of the continuing professional education and English Language School portfolios to a pan-institutional administrative structure to grow these activities as part of the overall growth strategy for the University of Alberta Tomorrow.
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