Wednesday, July 01, 2015

JOB: Assistant Professor of Sport Management - Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University
Regular, Limited-Term - Assistant Professor of Sport Management
Search #30025
College of Health and Human Sciences – School of Health and Kinesiology

The School of Health and Kinesiology invites nominations and applications for the position of Regular, Limited-Term, Assistant Professor of Sport Management.

Georgia Southern University, classified as a doctoral/research institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, is a member of the University System of Georgia. As the largest and most comprehensive research institution in southeast Georgia, the University is a residential campus of more than 20,500 students representing 48 states and 89 nations.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Georgia Southern offers a comprehensive array of baccalaureate degrees and selected master's and doctoral programs through eight colleges: Business Administration, Education, Engineering and Information Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Public Health, Science and Mathematics, and Graduate Studies. With an emphasis on academic distinction, excellent teaching, research, and student success, Georgia Southern offers both undergraduate and graduate students an attractive campus environment that encourages learning, discovery, and personal growth.

Founded in 1906, Georgia Southern lays claim to being the most beautiful campus in the state. Comprising more than 900 acres, the University grounds are an arboretum-like treasure featuring gently rolling lawns, scenic ponds, and soaring pines. Located in Statesboro, a safe Main Street community of approximately 30,000 residents not far from Savannah and Hilton Head Island, Georgia Southern provides the benefits of a major university with the feeling of a smaller college.

Within this setting, the School of Health and Kinesiology is a dynamic and growing unit of over 45 faculty and staff serving over 1,700 majors enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs in areas that include sport management, sport and exercise psychology, exercise science, athletic training, coaching education, nutrition and food science, health and physical education, and sport nutrition. The Bachelor of Science with a major in Sport Management is delivered in a traditional on-campus setting and consists of 10 unique Sport Management courses that supplement a minor in Business. The Master of Science with a major in Sport Management is a 36-hour fully online program with a flexible curriculum including eight unique Sport Management courses. Collectively, the Sport Management program has strong industry ties that provide the basis for the instructional design of the curriculum.

Position Description. Reporting to the Chair of the School of Health and Kinesiology the Regular, Limited-Term Assistant Professor of Sport Management requires teaching and service as well as a terminal degree. The successful candidate will teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in Sport Management.  All limited-term positions are non-tenure track, academic (9/10 month) year appointments. Appointments are for one year only, although there is the possibility of reappointment should funding permit and based upon satisfactory performance. (All reappointments are made on a one year basis.) The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:
An earned doctorate in Sport Management, Sport Administration, or a closely related field by August 1, 2015
Commitment to teaching and learning as evidenced by prior teaching experience
Ability and/or willingness to learn to teach in an online environment
Ability to contribute to a positive work environment in the Department, College, and University
Technological literacy and a commitment to integrate technology into teaching
Commitment to professional service within the University and beyond
Ability to work  in a diverse academic and professional community
Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.

Preferred Qualifications:
Minimum of one year of full-time college/university teaching in the Sport Management field
Experience teaching Introduction to Sport Management, Sport Finance, Ticket Operations in Sport, Sport Economics, and/or Management of Sport Organizations
Screening of applications begins June 22, 2015 and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2015. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications and applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Jim McMillan, Ed.D., Search Chair, Search #30025
School of Health and Kinesiology
Georgia Southern University
Electronic mail:
Telephone: 912-478-0200

More information about the institution is available through or Georgia Southern University seeks to recruit individuals who are committed to working in diverse academic and professional communities and who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service within the University and beyond. The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA to participate in the search process should contact the Associate Provost.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

CFS: NASSS 2015 - Sports at/on the Borderlands: Translations, Transitions, and Transgressions

La Sociedad Norteamericana para la Sociologia del Deporte
Societe Nord-Americaine de Sociologie du Sport
North American Society of the Sociology of Sport
2015 Conference
Santa Fe, New Mexico
El Dorado Hotel and Spa

Call For Session Proposals
Sports at/on the Borderlands: Translations, Transitions, and Transgressions

Inspired by this year’s conference location, Santa Fe, New Mexico, the conference theme engages in questions and considerations of borders, borderlands, and border work to explore the ways in which sports both materially and discursively constitute and are constituted by, in, and through myriad borders (whether geographic, economic, gender, racial, embodied, mediated, cultural, and so on). Session organizers are encouraged to engage the theme in creative and innovative ways. Sessions may engage how sports, sporting cultures, physical cultures, and/or body cultures, construct, navigate, and/ or dismantle such borders. Sessions might also engage the work sports do in the liminal spaces that exist in and around borders. Sessions may also consider how sports studies scholarship can most effectively be translated to communities for advocacy and social change, the potential and/or struggle in constructing translations between academic and public audiences, and what might be lost and/or gained in translational practices. Sessions may examine sports as “contested activities” wherein participants construct, navigate, and resist sports inherent transitional contents, forms, meanings, and relations. Sessions may also engage with the following questions: What ways do sports serve as a site for transgressions? What are sports potential as a transgressive space? Sessions may also consider how the discipline of “Sociology of Sports,” and specifically NASSS, serves as the site for the production of borders, whether those are disciplinary, theoretical or methodological, and address the question of what we can do/ are we doing as scholars to translate or transgress the very borders we construct, and whether this translation/ transgression desirable, and if so, for whom?

Format: Session proposals should include the name, institutional affiliation, and email address of the session organizer; a title of no more than 10 words; and a brief abstract (100-150 words maximum) that describes the session and ideally how the session fits into the conference theme. Please submit session proposals as a Microsoft word document with Times New Roman 12- point font, 1-inch margins, left-justified text. Please submit session proposals to the Conference Committee Chair, Cheryl Cooky at by May 11, 2015.

Timeline: Session organizers will be notified of their acceptance on or before May 15, 2015. Call for Abstracts will be released on May 15, 2015. Deadline for submission of Abstracts is June 15, 2015. Session organizers will notify authors of abstract acceptance and submit their completed sessions (4-5 papers/presentations) no later than June 30, 2015. Final session submission is due July 15, 2015.

Santa Fe +1 Initiative: In partnership with the Diversity and Conference Climate Committee Interim Chair, Dr. Algerian Hart, the 2015 Conference Committee is pleased to announce the “Santa Fe +1” initiative. The goal of this initiative is to expand the audience for the NASSS conference to include those who have never attended the NASSS conference or who have not attended for some time. NASSS members are encouraged to invite a +1; this can be a colleague, student, peer, or friend who has never been to NASSS and to invite them to register and participate in the conference. As you are considering organizing a session and/ or submitting an abstract, we encourage you to distribute the announcements and Calls to your networks, and bring to your +1 to Santa Fe!

Monday, April 20, 2015

CFP: Contextualising Positive Organisational Behaviour: The Case of Sport Organisations - Int. J. of Sport Management and Marketing

Special Issue on: "Contextualising Positive Organisational Behaviour: The Case of Sport Organisations"

Guest Editors
Associate Prof. Christos Anagnostopoulos, Molde University College, Norway and University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus
Assistant Prof. Dimitra Papadimitriou, University of Patras, Greece

Nearly two decades ago, Doherty (1998) called for closer attention to be given to human resource management (HRM) issues within the context of sport organisations. More recently, Todd and Kent (2009) offered the theoretical insight that a critical area that distinguishes sporting contexts more than other organisational settings may be the psychology of employees. Although psychology has been criticised as being primarily dedicated to addressing mental illness rather than mental “wellness” (Bakker and Schaufeli, 2008), the seminal work by Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi (2000) placed more emphasis on positive psychological traits, states and behaviours. This “positive psychology” (Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi, 2000) – to which Todd and Kent (2009) implicitly refer – has subsequently had a great effect on the field of organisational behaviour (OB). For example, both Luthans (2002) and Wright (2003) argued that framing research with a positive lens through so-called positive organisational behaviour (POB) should be the way forward for organisational and management scholars.

According to Luthan (2002), POB is “the study and application of positively oriented human resource strengths and psychological capacities that can be measured, developed and effectively managed for performance improvement in the work place” (p. 59). While such an organisation-centred view has its value, Wright (2003) argued that the mission of POB should also encompass the pursuit of employee happiness and health as viable goals in themselves. Bakker and Schaufeli (2008) went even further and drew on the work of Zwetsloot and Pot (2004) to integrate the above-mentioned organisation-centred (Luthan, 2002) and employee-centred (Wright, 2003) views into a “positive business value model of employee health and well-being” (p. 148).

Although more than 3000 articles have been published relating to POB in various contexts (Rothmann and van Zyl, 2013), the sport management scholarly community has failed to explicitly address the matter in its respective context(s). The increase in publications outside the sport industry, however, indicates the need for and impact of positive psychological behaviours within organisations. This special issue seeks to cast a fresh and state-of-the-art eye on how POB shapes and influences the workplace within the sport organisational context. There is still much to learn about how and why POB and a variety of outcomes at work are interlinked, let alone when “there is extensive variability in the scope and size of sport organisations” (Taylor, Doherty and McGraw, 2008, p. 2).

Conceptual, theoretical and empirical works drawing on and engaging with POB are welcome for this issue. We hope that this issue will inspire and encourage scholars to expand their research horizons to investigate employees in flourishing sport organisations. Exploring and/or explaining the applicability/presence of POB in sport organisations is needed to discern (possible) differences highlighted by the sport context, and thus to address the need for theory development whilst acknowledging the various characteristics associated with sport (Chalip, 2006). Indeed, we strongly believe that POB offers a great platform to do what Slack (1998) called for nearly two decades ago: to use sport as a means of extending existing theory.

Subject Coverage

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Passion at work: harmonious versus obsessive passion in sport organisations
  • Thriving and flourishing at work: what's the score?
  • Resilience: sport executives and team sport organisations
  • Happiness at work: beyond the team's results?
  • Virtuousness in sport organisations
  • Hope and optimism that sport (organisations) can lead to positive social change
  • Employees' emotional competence and customer satisfaction linkages
  • Satisfaction and work performance
  • Organisational commitment in sport charitable organisations
  • Feel-good factor of "mega events": beyond the organisation?

Notes for Prospective Authors
Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

 Important Dates

Submission of manuscripts: 31 January, 2016

Notification to authors: 31 March, 2016

Final versions due: 31 May, 2016

Thursday, April 16, 2015

JOB: Assistant / Associate Professor - University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Department of Kinesiology
Two Faculty Positions in Kinesiology
POSITION NUMBERS: 999399 and 999408

POSITION: Applications are invited for two 9‐month, tenure‐track positions in Kinesiology at the rank of Assistant / Associate Professor.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: We are seeking 2 innovative scholars in Kinesiology with interest and experience in graduate education to take major roles in our online professional EdD program in Kinesiology. The EdD program is a cohort‐ based, interdisciplinary professional degree program in which students move through the program together in learning communities to complete their coursework and dissertation in 4 years Primary responsibilities include teaching, advising and supervision of dissertations in the EdD program, maintaining an active line of research, and engaging in departmental, professional and university service activities. The successful candidates are also expected to play a leading role in developing and maintaining community within the EdD program.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have 1) an earned doctorate in Kinesiology or related field, 2) a broad knowledge of Kinesiology and its sub‐disciplines, and 3) active line of scholarship that complements the EdD program.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience in graduate teaching and thesis/dissertation supervision. Interest or experience with a broad range of scholarly methodologies relevant for applied/action‐oriented scholarship. Experience with online pedagogy and digital literacy/technologies. Experience with program evaluation and evidence‐based pedagogical practices.

START DATE: January 2016 (preferred)

SALARY: Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

THE DEPARTMENT OF KINESIOLOGY: The Department has 23 full‐time faculty and is one of ten departments or programs in the School of Health and Human Sciences ( at UNCG. The faculty has a strong commitment to curriculum and scholarly diversity, and a particular interest in increasing faculty representation among colleagues from historically under‐represented groups. The department has a history of excellent teaching, scholarship, and professional service, and ranked 15th overall in the most recent (2010) national ranking of doctoral programs in kinesiology. The department ( offers B.S., M.S., M.S.A.T., and Ph.D. degrees, as well as the online EdD. The on‐line EdD in Kinesiology is the first of its kind in the country, and is supported by the Division of Continual Learning whose expertise in educational technology helps faculty develop and students experience the very best in online education

GENERAL INFORMATION: UNCG is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system with a current enrollment of more than 18,000 students. The campus is located 1 mile from the center of Greensboro, a city of ~270,000. Located in the heart of the North Carolina Piedmont, UNCG and the City of Greensboro take great pride in their family‐ and military‐friendly environments. With its temperate weather and hiking and biking trails, lakes, parks, and greenways located in the city and surrounding counties, Greensboro is an ideal place to work and live.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Review of applications will begin Sept. 15 and continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a detailed letter of qualifications, current curriculum vitae, and list of four references including name, position/relationship to applicant, address, e‐mail address, and phone number. Candidates are notified before references are contacted. Applications should be submitted through the UNCG jobsearch system at Questions regarding the position or application process should be sent to Dr. William Karper, (, search committee chair. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has been and will continue to be committed to equality of employment opportunities and does not discriminate against applicants or employees based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, political affiliation, genetic information, or age. Men, women, and members of all racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply. EOE AA/M/F/D/V

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

CFP: Research Methodologies and Sports Scholarship - Sport in Society special issue

Sport in Society 
Special Issue - Call for Papers 
Research Methodologies and Sports Scholarship

James Skinner, Loughborough University, London.
Terry Engelberg, Griffith University, Australia.

To understand the complex nature of sport, innovative and relevant research methodologies are essential. There is no one best research approach: Quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods approaches all have a place and it is vital that sport researchers use designs that are most applicable. The aim of this special issue is to advance our theoretical understanding and practical application of research in sport. We are aware that scholarly research in this field has evolved from various science and business disciplines and therefore we are keen to encourage cross-disciplinary contributions, encompassing a variety of methodologies (such as quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods), whilst keeping a sport focus. This special issue therefore aims to provide examples of a range of research methodologies that can be applied in sport research. We seek submissions that demonstrate the methodological eclecticism that is available to the sport researcher and legitimizes the distinctiveness of sport research perspectives and agendas.

The special issue seeks submissions from researchers across a range of sport disciplines including (but not limited to), sport management, sport sociology, sport philosophy, sport economics, sport psychology, sport politics and sport governance and policy.

When investigating the diverse, complex and changing contemporary field of sport we recognize there is no methodology that meets the needs of all sport. Possible research methodologies therefore include (but are not limited to):
  • Innovative quantitative experimental, correlational and survey research designs 
  • Research paradigms categories such as post-positivism, critical theory, constructivism, and participatory design models. 
  • Mixed method approaches that demonstrate how the sport researcher can merge, integrate, link or embed both separate types of data.
Deadline for submissions 
Submissions are due on or before 1st September 2015 via the S&S online submission system.

All manuscript submissions must adhere to the Sport in Society ‘Guide for Authors’ available at

To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for review in relation to the special issue it is important the authors select ‘Research methodologies and Sports Scholarship’ when they reach the ‘Article Type’ step in the submission process. 

Special Issue Editors Contact Details: 

Professor James Skinner 
Institute for Sport Business 
Loughborough University, London Campus 

Dr Terry Engelberg 
Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management 
Griffith Business School Griffith University, Gold Coast 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

CFP: Play the Game 2015

Is college sport in urgent need of reform? If yes, where should it start?

This will be one of the main questions raised by Play the Game 2015 when the ninth edition of this world conference invites academics, investigative reporters, business representatives and sports leaders to engage in open, fact-based and constructive debates on themes that are essential to the future of sport.

Play the Game 2015 runs from 25-29 October in Aarhus, Denmark, under the subtitle “Global sport: Reform or revolution?”

We hope to gather a number of leading scholars from NASSS and other academic groups in North America in order to throw light on a various of the challenges connected with college sport:
The apparent injustice of a profitable business model building on amateur athletes, academic fraud, health risks, anti-doping policies, lack of access to recreational sport etcetera.

Play the Game 2015 brings up a number of international topics relevant for North American scholars under the following headlines:

·         The revolt against global events: A perfect storm for sport?
·         Governments vs. fixers: Will the rule of law beat the law of the jungle?
·         Good governance in sport: Setting standards, raising bars
·         A new World Code against doping: Anybody willing to comply?
·         The deadly disease of inactivity: Is the world ready for a cure?
·         Transfers and trafficking: The human cost of broken dreams
·         College sport in the USA: Unprotected amateurs in a billion-dollar business
North American scholars are warmly encouraged to bring their data, experiences and analytical skills into the debates and networking on these vital issues for world sport.
An Open Forum is also available to speakers:

·         who address issues not covered by the main themes
·         whose abstracts are not accepted in the peer review process
·         who offer interventions/investigations of a more personal character
·         who submit last-minute registrations
·         In the Open Forum, speakers are given a seven minute timeslot to present their main points.
In the Open Forum, speakers are given a seven minute timeslot to present their main points.

Submit your abstract/storyline
The deadline for abstract/storyline submission is Wednesday 13 May 2015. Please use our online submission page here:
Academic abstracts will be peer reviewed by academics only. Notifications on approval of abstracts will be sent by e-mail no later than 1 July 2015.

You can find information about registration and prices at
Please note that the registration price for abstract submitters will be calculated as of the day of the abstract submission, so nobody will miss an early bird discount. Prices start at 550€ for a 4-day conference with full conference participation, all social and cultural activities and most meals included.
More information in our Call for Papers and on Play the Game 2015’s website

International launch of research projects
If you are preparing a major research project or a campaign, why not use Play the Game 2015 to launch your project internationally? Play the Game expects the participation of more than 100 journalists representing media across the globe and is an ideal platform for reaching a worldwide audience and building lasting working relations.

Please contact Play the Game’s international director Jens Sejer Andersen (details below) to discuss how coordinated action can be taken.

We thank you in advance for any help in distributing this message to friends, colleagues and others who share the goals of Play the Game: To promote democracy, transparency and freedom of expression in world sport.

Questions and contact
Abstract submission: Communications officer Stine Alvad, or direct office line +45 87 48 20 22.
Programme issues: International director Jens Sejer Andersen, or cell phone +45 20 71 07 01.

Hoping to welcome you in Aarhus in October,

Best regards/Bedste hilsner

Jens Sejer Andersen
International director/international chef
Play the Game/Danish Institute for Sports Studies

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CFP: The Sport Project: Probing the Boundaries - Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Space, Place and Sport
The Sport Project: Probing the Boundaries

Thursday 24th September – Saturday 26th September 2015
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Presentations:
Sport is a key space for controversies and issues over access and power. It is a key space for the construction of identity, belonging and community, a place for meaning-making. Every year sports events are hosted and won by communities and nation-states. Every year people do sports or watch sports in spaces: sports grounds, fields, back streets and parks. Every year, there is political struggle over funding that goes to the development of sports spaces, whether it is global events such as the World Cup, or informal spaces such as walking and cycling routes in national parks. For this conference, we invite academics, researchers, activists, theorists, policy-makers, journalists and practitioners to critically discuss and present interdisciplinary approaches to examining sport as a space in which tangible and intangible meanings, identities, development, engagement, and community are created. We are interested in interdisciplinary approaches to space, place and sport at the intersections of academic disciplines and subject fields, and invite contributions from academics who approach their work on space, place and sport through an inter-disciplinary lens. We especially welcome voices from beyond the academic boundaries, news from those involved in sport or writing about sport. We also include in that invitation those active in campaigns: for better access to spaces, for more spaces, as well as those fighting to save non-sports spaces from the hands of those who might want to turn them into sports facilities for mega-events.

The aim of this conference is to develop an active network of academics, practitioners and campaigners with an interest in sports geographies. By sports geographies we mean the ways in which we might understand sport as something that creates spaces and places, as well as something that is shaped by spaces and places. An inter-disciplinary sports geography is one that uses the relationship between sport, place and space to tell a story about the meaning of sport, the history of sport and the socio-cultural importance of sport: for example, about the relationship between Le Tour de France, landscapes and French identity. Themes within the conference include:

– Understanding the social and political potential of sport spaces – can sports spaces be places where social divisions are broken down? Who controls sports spaces?
– How sport intersect other spaces – cultures, communities, societies and nation-states
– Geographies of sporting bodies – the growth and development of sports organisations
– The meaning and purpose of sport spaces – what do people use sports spaces for?
– Conflicts over sports spaces – who gets access

We invite abstracts that discuss things like the relationship between sports teams in the context of the local/global debate; stadium architecture (gentrification, class and gendered space within stadia); sport spaces and urban planning; virtual sports; sports clubs and their community outreach initiatives (or relationship to their communities generally); variations in sporting practices and game rules across space and place; sport-driven nationalism as a sense of space and place; and sport as uniting force that breaks down the barriers of space and place.

We would also like to draw your attention to the Special Workshop on Sporting Mega-Events, International Sports Organisations and the Future of Sport which will be just before the conference this year. Details of which can be found here: Power and Corruption Wednesday 23rd September 2015, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom.

What to Send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 1st May 2015. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 10th July 2015. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: SPORT4 Abstract Submission.

Organising Chairs:
Karl Spracklen:

The conference is part of the Making Sense Of: programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All proposals accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected proposals may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.  The conference will also see the launch of the Sport: Probing the Boundaries journal, which will be published in 2016, and papers from the conference will be considered for the journal.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

For further details of the conference, please visit:

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

CFP: Special Issue on The Political Economy of Amateur Athletics

Call for Papers: Special Issue on The Political Economy of Amateur Athletics 

Special Issue Guest Editors:
Joshua I. Newman
Florida State University

Kyle S. Bunds
North Carolina State University

Concerned by the rise of professionalism in sport, and in an attempt to protect the sanctity of amateurism, the famous author and early bicycling aficionado G. Lacy Hillier proclaimed in 1892, “Sport is amusement solely…The essence of sport is relaxation…The sportsman (sic), then, is the man who has an amusement which may cost him something, but which must not bring him in anything, for an amusement which brings him in anything is not a sport but a business” (as cited in Allison, 2001, p. vii). In the historical present, however, it has become quite clear that sport is now a deeply privatized and commercialized feature of most societies. Considering the widespread development of both mass participant and mass spectator sport over the course of the last 150 years, historians, sociologists, economists, legal scholars, and behavioral scientists have in recent decades dedicated considerable effort to the study of how market forces and logics have infiltrated, and in some ways been remediated by, the function of amateurism within sport.

This coupling of sport and business has impacted the structure of amateur sport organizations as well as the ethic of amateurism more generally. Issues such as a) the professionalization of the Olympic Games, b) the rights of intercollegiate student-athletes to gain remuneration through their economically-productive sporting practices, and c) the hyper-commodification of youth sports feature largely in many a nations’ public discourse. It has been argued that amateurism serves a double function: on the supply side, amateurism produces a system of governance that suppresses wage labor (in relation to market value) and exacerbates income inequality (allowing those with capital to produce incomes at rates that exceed those producing income through labor); and on the demand side, the structure of amateur sport allows for the uneven allocation of public resources dedicated to fostering community development and health through sport and physical activity.

Given the current environment, there is a need for scholarly research and discussion on the political economy of amateur sport in the contemporary (global) market society. In this special issue on the political economy of amateur athletics, we welcome submissions focused on the following topics:
Intercollegiate Athletics at all levels

  • Adult Amateur Sport and Recreation 
  • The blurring lines between Amateur and Semi-Professional Sport 
  • Amateurism and the Olympic Games 
  • The Commercialization/Marketization of Youth Sport 
  • The political economy of the contemporary sporting body 
  • The market politics of gender, race, sexuality, or (dis)ability
We invite a wide range of articles, essays, and creative works that will embrace and carry your work and/or the conference experience into the journal; scholars, researchers, and practitioners across disciplines and drawing upon a wide range of methods are encouraged to submit.
If you have an interest in pursuing a manuscript for submission, please send an initial proposal (including a working title and a 150-200 word abstract) through e-mail to both Dr. Joshua Newman ( and the JAS office ( by April 15th, 2015. The final manuscript needs to be submitted for review no later than October 1st, 2015.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

CONFERENCE: Promoting athlete well-being from youth sport to elite competition


This conference is designed to identify best practices and other solutions to the physical, social, psychological, and educational risks faced by athletes. Sessions will be devoted to topics such as youth sport, parental involvement, and proper coaching behavior; concussions and injuries from overuse; psychological risks, including early specialization and burnout; physiological and social issues unique to girls' and women's sport; drug use and other forms of performance enhancement; and educational challenges like time devoted to athletics and eligibility standards. Keynote speakers include Jim Delany, Big Ten Commissioner, and John Amaechi, Former Penn State basketball great and high-performance executive coach.

Learn more and register today at

Friday, February 13, 2015

JOB: Reader/Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Sport and Social Science - University of Bath (UK)

Reader/Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Sport and Social Science
Department for Health

Salary: Starting from £47,328, rising to £54,841
Closing Date: Monday 16 March 2015
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: CC2983

As the largest component of the Department for Health, Sport Health & Exercise Science (SHES) was ranked 5th out of 51 submissions in Unit of Assessment 26 of the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), with 90% of the return ranked 3-4*. Currently the Department is ranked 3rd in the 2015 Complete University Guide and 1st in the Guardian League Tables for Sports Science/Social Science subjects in the UK. The group has an excellent trajectory, as evidenced by all metrics.

The Department is seeking to appoint a full-time Reader/Senior Lecturer in Sport and Social Science who is a scholar with a strong track-record of peer-reviewed publications and research grants, as  
well as academic leadership. You should also be able to demonstrate teaching excellence.

We are seeking a dynamic, adaptable colleague who will work with us to ensure the continuing strength of the Department in both research and teaching. You will be expected to maintain and develop your own programme of research, be successful in seeking external funding, and contribute to teaching and research supervision on relevant programmes. It is expected that your scholarly activities will complement and further enhance existing research foci in Physical Cultural Studies and the wider Department for Health and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

While applications are welcomed from all social science disciplines relevant to the study of sport and physical culture, we are particularly interested in those whose scholarship fosters interdisciplinarity through socio-cultural research in Sport and Physical Activity, with additional areas of expertise such as; Health and Wellbeing; Politics, Urban Studies and Inequality; Youth, Ageing and Disability Studies.

If you wish to make an informal and confidential enquiry about this post, please contact either Professor Simone Fullagar, Physical Cultural Studies, Tel: +44 (0)1225 385654, email: or the Head of Department, Dr James Bilzon, Tel: +44 (0)1225 383174, email: