Friday, July 11, 2014

JOB: Sociology at Boston College

Below are descriptions of two job openings for the fall of 2015 in the Sociology Department at Boston College. Note that these are NOT aimed at the sociology of sport as an area of specialization.

Assistant Professor
The Department of Sociology at Boston College invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position to begin in Fall 2015. We are seeking to hire a quantitative scholar at the Assistant Professor level whose research agenda fits into the social justice theme of our Ph.D. program. We are particularly interested in applicants who work in the areas of environment, criminology, and/or medical sociology, but will consider the applications of quantitative scholars who work in other areas. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.  Apply at:

Faculty Member, Open Rank
The Department of Sociology and the Environmental Studies Program at Boston College invite applications for an open-rank faculty position in environmental sociology. We are particularly interested in scholars who can contribute to university-wide interdisciplinary conversations around the issues of climate change and societal adaptation; food and water sustainability; environmental justice; and/or natural disasters. The tenure line is housed in the Sociology Department. The position, which begins in the Fall of 2015, entails half-time teaching in Environmental Studies, which is an undergraduate major, and half-time graduate and undergraduate teaching in the Department of Sociology. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.  Apply at:

Monday, July 07, 2014

CFP: Sport in Asian America

Sport in Asian America
Amerasia Journal Call for Papers
Sport in Asian America
Guest Editors:
Professor Rachael Joo (Middlebury College) and Professor Sameer Pandya (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Publication Date:
Summer 2015
Due Date:
Paper submissions (up to 5,000 words) due August 15, 2014
From basketball leagues in the San Francisco Chinatown of the 1930s and 1940s to Michael Chang and Jeremy Lin, sport has always been an important site for understanding Asian American life.  This special issue of Amerasia Journal focuses on how various forces—transnational processes, the contemporary era of globalization, histories of colonialism and imperialism, and U.S. domestic history—have shaped the cultural politics of sport in Asian America.  For example, global media operates as a key site for commercial representations of Asianness in America and Americanness in Asia.  Transnational sport shapes diasporic politics and reveals the contested and contradictory terrain of nationalisms in Asian American communities.  The histories of sport in Asian and Pacific Islander communities are often embedded in the colonial histories that inform the relationship between Asian/American athletes and fans of the sport.  Furthermore, sport featuring Asian/American players and teams create a sense of national community and identity in ways that reframe ethnicity and race in North America.
Taking into account the various forces mentioned above, we are interested in papers that address a broad range of possible topics, including but not limited to, Asian American sport and religion, Chinese and Chinese American basketball, gender, global sports icons, Korean and Korean American golfers, mass media, Pacific Islander football and rugby athletes, postcolonial cricket, tennis and golf as “model minority” sports, and transnational soccer.
Submission Guidelines and Review Process:
The guest editors, in consultation with the Amerasia Journal editors and peer reviewers, make the decisions on which submissions will be included in the special issue.  The review process involves the following steps:
• Initial review of submitted papers by guest editors and Amerasia Journal editorial staff
• Papers approved by editors will undergo blind peer review
• Revision of accepted peer-reviewed papers and final submission
Papers submitted for this special issue should be approximately 5,000 words in length. We especially welcome interdisciplinary and teachable writings to adopt for courses ranging from cultural studies to communication studies to literary studies as well as Asian American Studies and Ethnic Studies.
Please send papers regarding the special issue on “Sport in Asian America” to the following addresses. All correspondence should refer to “Amerasia Journal Asian American Sport” in the subject line.
Professor Rachael Joo, Guest Editor,
Professor Sameer Pandya, Guest Editor,
Dr. Arnold Pan, Associate Editor, Amerasia Journal:
View or download the PDF version of the Call for Papers – Sport in Asian America.

Call for Editor: Sociology of Sport Journal (SSJ)

Call for Editor of the Sociology of Sport Journal (SSJ)

The North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) is seeking applications for the position of Editor of the SSJ.

Deadline for Applications:  September 8, 2014

The Sociology of Sport Journal (SSJ)

SSJ is the official journal of NASSS and thus, it is governed by the NASSS board. As the journal services a diverse membership, it publishes articles on diverse topics, theoretical perspectives, and methodologies related to social and cultural analysis of play, games, sport, physical activity, and movement. Therefore, instead of establishing a personal direction to the SSJ, the Editor’s primary responsibility is to serve the needs of the NASSS membership. Although the authorship is not limited to NASSS members, it is important that SSJ reflects the multiple voices of its primary association. To do this, the Editor works closely with the SSJ editorial board to solicit the views of the broader NASSS membership.

Qualifications and Requirements

Key qualities sought for the position of editor are an established record of scholarship; managerial skills to oversee the editorial cycle and meet deadlines; and the ability to attract respected experts to his or her editorial advisory board. Applicants should have recognized expertise in the field, possess editorial experience (with preference given to candidates who have served on the Editorial Board for SSJ), and be able to lead an active editorial board in working effectively with publishing professionals. Applicants must have clear employer and institutional support for this activity for the duration of the appointment, including release time as necessary and general office support.


The term is from November 2014 to November 2017. The first issue for which the new Editor will be responsible is Issue 1 of 2015, which is due in December 2014. The term of the current Editor, Dr. Michael Atkinson, will be officially terminated on November 6th, 2014 but for overlap and hence a smoother transition, he will serve on as Past Editor until November 2015.

Major Responsibilities

Ø  Taking responsibility for leading a journal that services the vision and diverse needs of NASSS membership and that is governed by the NASSS board;
Ø  Providing detailed annual reports to SSJ board, NASSS board, and NASSS membership at the NASSS conference;
Ø   Identifying and appointing qualified members for the editorial team currently consisting of 2 associate editors, 1 editorial assistant and 1 book review editor;
Ø  Managing the peer review of approximately 200 manuscripts per year;
Ø  Selecting a sufficient pool of competent reviewers to reach conclusions and make decisions on manuscripts in a timely fashion;
Ø  Deciding which manuscripts to publish;
Ø  More details on the responsibilities of the Editor and a general overview of the characteristics of a good journal editor are provided at the end of this Call-for-Editor.


Human Kinetics via NASSS provides a stipend to offset the costs associated with hiring an editorial assistant.

Search Procedure

Applicants will be reviewed by the Search Committee immediately after the deadline submission date and the Search Committee will make a recommendation to the NASSS Board of Directors.

Application Procedure

The application package should include:
1.     A cover letter with a statement of institutional support (see first paragraph above), an explanation of how the applicant will service the diverse needs of NASSS and SSJ authorship, and a description of how the applicant will complement the vision and direction of NASSS as an organization and the field of sociology of sport;
2.     A CV;
3.     Names of at least three references;


Deadline for Applications:  September 8, 2014
Candidate Notified: September 29, 2014
Candidate acceptance: October 1, 2014

Send your application package via email to the NASSS Secretary, Dr. Katherine Jamieson: <>

Additional Information

Please find below a general overview of the characteristics of a strong candidate for the journal editor position. This overview also provides additional details with regards to the responsibilities of the SSJ Editor:

·         Broad knowledge of the field: Because SSJ is an association journal (NASSS), its remit is to publish papers from this broadly defined field. Consequently, SSJ receives/publishes papers from a wide-range of topics, theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and countries. To be able to provide a fair assessment of each paper, the editor should be knowledgeable of many facets of social theory as well as quantitative methodology and the entire range of qualitative approaches. In addition, the SSJ Editor needs to be able to put his/her own preferences aside to think of serving the field.
·         Broad understanding of the contributing scholars: As reviewer selection is crucial in a peer reviewed journal, the SSJ Editor needs to have a good knowledge of individual scholars in our field and their expertise to assign appropriate reviewers. In addition, to appoint an appropriate editorial board, the Editor should be able to invite committed and knowledgeable scholars from the field of sport sociology.
·         Time management: It is essential that the Editor be committed to moving on the submitted papers promptly (i.e., to assign the appropriate associate editor, assign reviewers, make the final decision). Without this, it is not possible to fill the issues in a timely manner. Neither is it possible to service the authors and our field in a respectful and supportive manner. Usually senior scholars who have been tenured can afford to take the required amount of time for editing a journal.
·         Leadership and decision-making skills: As SSJ now operates through an editorial team, the Editor is required to provide leadership for this team. This includes advising and supporting the associate editors, the book review editor, and the editorial assistant. The Editor makes the final decision on each manuscript (the associate editors and the reviewers provide recommendations) and is responsible for filling each issue. In a peer-reviewed journal, the review process can take a substantial amount of time. Consequently, the Editor needs to be able to plan long term in addition to continually making decisions regarding the individual papers. Even with the help of reviewer recommendations and the associate editor recommendations, the decision making is often complicated and complex. In addition, the Editor is the contact person with the publisher and, thus, needs to be able to negotiate this relationship.
·         Initiative and dedication: Much of the Editor’s work is managing the day-to-day business of the journal and being an effective manager is an important characteristic of an Editor. However, good editors are also dedicated to work beyond managing the journal to provide new initiatives for the journal. This might include actively working on proposals for special issues, working with the editorial board, and thinking of ways to improve the quality of SSJ.

·         Attention to detail and people skills: As the Editor deals with the publisher, the editorial team, the board of editors, the authors, and the reviewers, s/he needs to be continually attentive to a myriad of details. Most of these involve people in one way or another and the Editor needs good “people” and communication skills. In addition, as publishing is an important part of the academic promotion process, dealing with the authors often requires careful negotiation between the author’s satisfaction and the quality of the article. As it is common to receive frustrated comments from the authors, the Editor should be able to handle these situations in a constructive manner. It is also important to be respectful to the reviewers whose work is crucial for the journal, but often goes quite unnoticed. Selecting a good editorial assistant is also important as s/he directly deals with many of the authors and reviewers.

CFP: Journal of Sport for Development Special Issue on Disability Sport

Special Issue Co-Editors:
Dr. Ian Brittain, Coventry University, UK
Eli Wolff, Brown University, USA

In conjunction with the ‘Disability Sport: Changing lives, changing perceptions?’ conference being held at Coventry University, UK from 15th to 17th September 2014, the Journal of Sport for Development is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue around the use of sport to positively impact the lives of people with disabilities around the world. This special issue will be edited by Dr Ian Brittain (Coventry University, UK) and Eli Wolff (Brown University, USA) two leading researchers in the field of disability sport. It is open to submissions from anyone with an interest in the field, regardless of attendance at the Disability Sport conference. The four main conference themes are as follows:

• Disability sport for peace and development
• Disability sport and social inclusion
• The recreational and psychological value of sport for people with disabilities
• Sport and health for people with disabilities

Submissions are welcome under any of these themes. However, authors wishing to submit a manuscript related to disability sport but outside these themes are also welcome to do so. Further details can be found at

More Information
Further details of the conference can be found at:
Closing date for submissions is Friday 31st October 2014.

CONFERENCE: Girl Power and Play 2015

Women Deliver, a global organization bringing together partners to advocate for the health and well-being of girls and women, is planning a symposium called Girl Power and Play in June 2015 in Canada on the impact of team sports on girls in the global development context. This symposium will coincide with the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada and will bring together top researchers, global sports program representatives from non-profits/NGOs, professional athletes, and young people to highlight how team sports can be a driver for girls’ health and development, to bring more awareness to this issue, and to garner greater support from the larger development community. If you currently have research, or have research forthcoming, on how sports can be a driver for girls’ global development and would be interested in presenting your findings at Girl Power and Play, please write to

JOB: Visiting assistant professor/Instructor in Cultural Studies of Sport

Miami University
Department of Kinesiology & Health
Sport Leadership and Management (SLAM)

Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor in Cultural Studies of Sport

The Department of Kinesiology and Health advances the understanding of health, physical activity, and related cultural practices to improve life quality and promote healthful, active living. It is one of five departments in the College of Education, Health, and Society. The College celebrates opportunities for cross-departmental collaboration facilitated by the five departments (Educational Leadership, Educational Psychology, Family Studies and Social Work, Kinesiology and Health, and Teacher Education) that comprise it.

The mission of the Sport Leadership and Management (SLAM) program is to prepare students to succeed in leadership positions in the sport industry (recreational to professional, youth to adult) by providing them with knowledge and skills to critically analyze and innovatively engage in the business and culture of sport. Within the SLAM program/major, students choose to fulfill one of four areas of concentration designed to prepare students for specific career opportunities: Sport Management, Coaching, Sport Journalism, and Sport Media. The SLAM program attempts to provide students with important managerial knowledge, but also critical psychosocial, sociocultural, and developmental knowledge about sport participation to allow them to understand and provide innovative leadership related to key issues in sport.

Position Title: Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor in Cultural Studies of Sport

Duties: Teach courses in cultural studies of sport, sport sociology, or other related areas (e.g., social status, gender, race). Provide service to the department, division, and university.  

Required qualifications:  Doctoral degree (for appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor), ABD or earned master's (for appointment as Instructor) in cultural studies of sport, sport sociology or related field.

Desired qualifications:  University teaching experience at undergraduate and graduate level; knowledge of or experience in working with diverse populations; skills to incorporate technology in teaching.

Application: Submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, contact information for at least three references to  

Deadline: Screening of applications begins June 23, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.  The starting date of the position is August 18, 2014.

Miami University, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with smoke- and tobacco-free campuses, is committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report with information on campus crime, fires, and safety may be found at: Hard copy available upon request. Employment will require a criminal background check according to University guidelines.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

CFP: Decolonizing Fitness: Women of Color, Feminism, and the Politics of “Fit” Bodies

Call for Papers
Decolonizing Fitness: Women of Color, Feminism, and the Politics of “Fit” Bodies

Editor: Larissa M. Mercado-López, Ph.D., Women’s Studies, California State University, Fresno
Several works have broken ground in critical feminist approaches to fitness, including Leslie Heywood’s Bodymakers: A Cultural Anatomy of Women’s Bodybuilding, Shari L. Dworkin and Faye Linda Wachs’ Body Panic: Gender Health and the Selling of Fitness,Sarah Hentges’ Women and Fitness in American Culture, and, notably, Kimberly Lau’s ethnography Body Language: Sisters in Shape, Black Women’s Fitness, and Feminist Identity. However, no single book has heretofore gathered the voices and experiences of women of color to discuss the intersections of feminist theory and the study and practice of fitness.
The question “What does it mean for women of color to engage in the pursuit of fitness?” is at the core of this edited interdisciplinary anthology that seeks scholarly and creative non-fiction essays by women of color on the (cult)ure of fitness, feminist approaches to exercise and sport, representations of “fit” bodies, and, more generally, the racial, gender, class, sexual, and ableist implications of the fitness and exercise industry.
In addition to this key question, submissions may address issues such as: What assumptions do fitness media make about bodies? Class? Environment? Beauty ideals? How and to what extent does the neoliberal logic of healthism/fitism create tyrannies of health and aesthetics that colonize the meaning and “look” of fitness?
This anthology welcomes submissions that discuss the use of social technologies to expand definitions of fitness, dispel myths about health and exercise, and build supportive communities around the social and material realities of women of color. Additionally, the anthology encourages essays that discuss local and (intern)national fitness movements and initiatives, as well as works on the use of group fitness to build community.
Topics can include but are not limited to women of color and the following:

  • Neoliberalist Rhetorics of Healthism/Fitism
  • Hegemonic Representations of “Fit” Bodies in the media
  • Racialization of fitness/exercise
  • Rhetorics of fitness
  • Fitness and academia
  • The “spectacle” of gym/outdoor exercise
  • Fitness and social justice activism
  • Fit bodies as moral/good bodies
  • Exercise as meditation
  • Integrative strategies (i.e. meditation and health)
  • Fitness and consumerism
  • Competing cultural constructions of beauty
  • Fitness clothing and women of color bodies
  • Body shaming, as it relates to fat, fit bodies, lean bodies, and muscular bodies
  • Fitness blogs/Facebook pages
  • Healing from trauma through exercise
  • Fitness collectives and communities
  • Cultural myths about fitness/sport
  • Tyranny of aesthetics
  • Fitness and citizenship/belonging
  • The built environment
  • Folklore around health and fitness
  1. An abstract of 150-250 words that summarizes the main arguments and themes of the essay, as well as the contributions of the piece to Feminist/Women’s Studies,
  2. A list of 5-7 keywords included after the abstract.
  3. A brief biography (50-75 words) and contact information.
Please send in a Microsoft Word file (docx):
Abstracts must be submitted electronically to no later than midnight May 23, 2014.

Monday, May 05, 2014

AWARD: Gary Sailes Graduate Diversity Scholarship


In recognition of the recommendation made by the Racial Diversity Committee in the fall of 2003, the NASSS Conference Program Committee has implemented a scholarship for a graduate student who is a member of a racial or ethnic “minority” group. The purpose of the scholarship is to create a mechanism to identify racial and/or ethnic “minority” graduate students who are doing research in the area of sport sociology, and to provide a means of supporting their work and association with NASSS. The award is for $500 to be applied toward expenses associated with attendance at the NASSS 2014 Conference in Portland, OR.
The application process and criteria for the scholarship are as follows:
*NASSS member and graduate student status
*Applicants must prepare a one-page essay, which addresses how they plan to contribute to the field of sociology of sport/physical activity.
*Essays should be submitted along with a recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with the student’s work and aspirations.
*Applications will be reviewed by the NASSS Diversity and Conference Climate  Committee.
*All documents must be sent via e-mail and contain the applicant’s mailing address.

Application Deadline: August 30, 2014

*Announcements regarding the selected applicant will be made at the end of September 2014.
*The winner of the award will be recognized at the 2014 Annual NASSS Conference Business Meeting in Portland, OR.

Submit materials to:
Dr. Demetrius Pearson
University of Houston
Chair, NASSS Diversity and Conference Climate Committee

JOB: Sport for Development and Peace - Loughborough University, UK

JOB REF: REQ14201 APRIL 2014

As part of the University’s ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process if a suitable redeployee is identified.

This 2-year, full-time contract will support the research project: ‘Sport for a Better World? A Social Scientific Investigation of the Sport for Development and Peace Sector’. The project is led by Professor Richard Giulianotti (Loughborough University) and the co-investigators are Dr David Howe (Loughborough University) and Dr Simon Darnell (University of Toronto). The project is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and is scheduled to begin on 1st  September 2014.

The project provides a systematic study of the ‘Sport for Development and Peace’ (SDP) sector. The SDP sector features many programmes, organisations and campaigns across the world that use sport to promote non-sport social goals, such as development, peace, human rights and social justice. Key agencies within the sector include the United Nations and other governmental organisations, many non-governmental organisations, sport federations, major corporations and campaign groups.

The project has 5 main research objectives:
1. To examine how the SDP sector is constructed in social and organisational terms, notably by investigating the different policies, networking and power relations among SDP stakeholders; and how the sector may become more effective through new types of partnership.
2. To examine SDP work through the comparative investigation of three selected fields of major SDP activity: empowering people with disabilities; promoting peace and conflict resolution; and advancing human rights.
3. To examine SDP programmes and campaigns, particularly their organisation, implementation and user-group experiences.
4. To examine comparatively SDP work in 5 selected locations of major SDP activity: Bosnia, Jamaica, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Zambia.
5. To produce research findings that will have significant non-academic and academic impacts.

Research will be undertaken primarily through the use of qualitative research methods.


Job Grade: Research Grade 6
Job Purpose: To undertake research in the Sport for Development and Peace sector, with colleagues at Loughborough and other Universities.
Job Duties:
  •  Undertake research (fieldwork and interviews) into the SDP sector in two international locations of major SDP activity 
  •  Undertake additional research (fieldwork and interviews) with SDP officials 
  •  Undertake preparations for research that will be conducted in different international locations and with different research groups 
  •  Assist in the compilation and storing of statistical data, and documentary and secondary data 
  •  Assist in developing the project’s analytical framework 
  •  Contribute to the analysis of research data as appropriate 
  •  Write papers for academic journals 
  •  Prepare presentations and reports including data presentations 
  •  Facilitate rapid dissemination and exploitation of research outputs 
  •  Undertake continuous reviews of relevant developments in the scientific literature 
  •  Maintain the project website 
  •  Assist in communications with the project’s research liaison group 
  •  Assist in organising the end-of-award project symposium 
  •  Work effectively and flexibly as part of a project team, and with relevant administrative, technical and academic staff in the School and across the University 
  •  Engage in training programmes in the University that are consistent with the Research Associate’s needs and aspirations, and those of the project team and host School 
  •  Undertake other duties as may be reasonably requested, and that are commensurate with the nature and grade of the post 
  •  All staff have a statutory responsibility to take reasonable care of themselves, others and the environment and to prevent harm by their acts or omissions. All staff are therefore required to adhere to the University’s Health, Safety and Environmental Policy & Procedures.
Job Title: Research Associate ‘Sport for a Better World’?
Job Grade: Research Grade 6

Essential Desirable
Qualifications An excellent educational profile(1,3); A PhD in a relevant social science discipline or in the social scientific study of sport (1,3) Post-doctoral or equivalent research experience (1,3)
Experience Doctoral or recent postdoctoral research work in relevant research areas (1,2,3); Proven experience of undertaking qualitative research (1,2,3) Current or recent work in the field of sport for development and peace (broadly defined) (1,3); Experience of undertaking social research in developing nations (1,3); Experience of authoring original work for academic journals and conferences (1,3)
Skills and Abilities Ability to co-ordinate and monitor progress of work (1,3); Good interpersonal and organisational skills (1,3); Self-motivated with ability to meet deadlines (1,3); Ability to work independently and as part of a team (1,3); Ability to undertake research in international contexts, particularly in developing nations (1,2,3); Ability to write original papers for academic journals and conferences (1,3) Knowledge of the sport for development and peace sector (1,3); Good IT and administrative skills (1,3)
Training A willingness to undertake further training and adopt new procedures as appropriate (1,3)
Other A degree of flexibility and a commitment to meet deadlines as appropriate (1,3); Willingness and ability to travel to undertake research in international contexts (1,3); Commitment to observing the University's Equal Opportunities policy at all times (1,3)

Stages in Assessment (shown in brackets): (1) Application Form, (2) Assessment, (3) Interview.

Conditions of Service
The appointment will be made on a full-time, fixed-term contract for 2 years on Research Grade 6, £28,132 to £29,837 per annum, at a starting salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The appointment will be subject to the University's normal Terms and Conditions of Employment for Academic and Related staff, details of which can be found at:

Informal Enquiries
Informal enquiries should be made to Professor Richard Giulianotti via email to or telephone +44 (0)1509 226350.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 20 May 2014.

PHD: Sport Management - University of Tennessee

University of Tennessee
Sport Management Doctoral Program
Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies

The Sport Management doctoral program at the University of Tennessee has an opening for the fall 2014 semester. The program is housed in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies and is a specialization in the Sport Studies concentration. This position includes a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. The candidate will teach classes in the Sport Management curriculum each semester and possibly teach classes in the Physical Education and Activity Program.

Candidates should have research interests in at least one of the following areas: 1) collegiate athletics, 2) sport communication, 3) law and governance, or 4) environmental sustainability.

The Sport Management doctoral program prepares graduates for positions as faculty members in higher education. The coursework for the program is developed between the student and the faculty advisor to meet the educational goals of the student. Students have the flexibility to develop a program that allows them to focus on the area of Sport Management in which they have an interest.

Doctoral students will receive training in research design and methodology and are expected to conduct research outside the requirements of the classroom. The program consists of 15 hours within the concentration, 18 hours of research courses, nine hours within the specialization and a minimum of six hours in an outside or cognate area.

Contact Dr. Rob Hardin ( or 865-974-1281) for more information.