Mike Houston

Professor Emeritus and Department Head

Michael E. Houston (February 26, 1941 - July 16, 2008) was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto and a doctorate from the University of Waterloo.

Houston began his teaching career as a high school teacher in Toronto, then was a professor at the University of Waterloo and the University of British Columbia. Later, he was a visiting professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

He served as an officer in the Canadian Association of Sport Sciences and was a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. A dedicated teacher, Houston introduced the principle and techniques of kinesiology and human nutrition to thousands of undergraduate and graduate students.

Houston was HNFE's department head from 1998-2008, where he fostered the development of the Food, Nutrition, and Health Initiative. He also contributed to the knowledge of muscle function and metabolism through a lifetime of scholarly research that led to the publication of numerous research papers, reviews, book chapters, and a textbook.

Houston was conferred the professor emeritus title on June 20, 2008.


HNFE awards an annual graduate scholarship given in Mike Houston's memory that supports the research pursuits of a GTA who demonstrates a passion for teaching and an excitement for learning. See the Graduate Scholarships and Awards page for more information.