Tuesday, July 24, 2007

ANNOUNCEMENT: College Sport Research Institute

Formation of College Sport Research Institute Announced

MEMPHIS, TN--- July 18, 2007 – Recognizing the important cultural position of
college sport, a group of prominent college sport researchers today announced
the formation of the College Sport Research Institute (CSRI) at The University
of Memphis. According to the institute’s Director, Dr. Richard M. Southall,
CSRI is designed to address a void in research activity related to college
sport. The institute’s mission is to encourage and support sustained
cross-disciplinary, collaborative college-sport research, serve as a consortium
for college-sport researchers from across the United States, and disseminate
research results to academics, college-sport practitioners, and the general

According to Southall, “CSRI will provide sustained opportunities for
independent, organized and focused cross-disciplinary research regarding college
sport in the United States. Specifically, the College Sport Research Institute
is committed to serving as a national clearinghouse for college sports research,
and building research capacity that increases the ability of students, faculty,
and college-sport practitioners to conduct research regarding issues in college

“In addition to supporting independent critical college sport research, the
institute will also be a strong advocate for college athletes’ rights and
education,” Southall noted.

In order to achieve its mission, the College Sport Research Institute will host
an annual national conference. The first of these conferences, the Issues in
College Sport Conference, will be held April 16-19, 2008 at the FedEx Institute
of Technology on the campus of The University of Memphis. Leading researchers,
practitioners, and college administrators will be invited to attend the
conference. In addition to two prominent keynote speakers, and three invited
panels, the conference will include two days of juried academic presentations.
In order to encourage undergraduate and graduate student participation, a
student research competition will be held in conjunction with the conference.

CSRI will also publish an academic, peer-reviewed journal entitled: Journal of
Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics (JIIA). Dr. Kevin L. Burke, from East
Tennessee State University will serve as editor of JIIA. Members of an Editorial
Review Board are being solicited and will be announced shortly.

An advisory committee composed of respected scholars, university administrators,
college or university athletic directors, members of the media, present and
former college athletes, television and corporate executives, and other
individuals involved in college sport is being established. The advisory
committee will allow for an open and candid forum for discussion of college
sport issues. The composition of the initial advisory committee will be
announced in late August.

Researchers and faculty wishing to be affiliated with CSRI are encouraged to
apply for “Faculty Affiliate” status. CSRI plans to support Faculty Affiliates’
and other researchers’ efforts with a research grant program. “We hope to
develop strong partnerships with many of the stakeholders in college sport to
support such research efforts, but the institute will remain independent of any
special interests,” Southall commented.

In support of the institute’s mission, the College Sport Research Institute
Executive Board has the following goals:

1. Create awareness of socio-cultural, economic, and political issues in college
2. Provide a forum for open discussion of relevant issues within the
college-sport community.
3. Build relationships within local, regional and national communities to
generate funding for independent critical college-sport research.
4. Generate local, regional, and national awareness of the College Sport
Research Institute and The University of Memphis as a leader in college-sport
5. Educate students, scholars, athletic administrators, college athletes,
coaches, and the general public on college-sport issues.

College Sport Research Institute Executive Board:
Director: Richard M. Southall – The University of Memphis
Associate Director: Mark S. Nagel – University of South Carolina
Chief Operating Officer: Deborah J. Southall – The University of Memphis
Assistant Director: Peter Han – State University of New York – Cortland

Board Members:
Dr. Billy Hawkins – University of Georgia bhawk@uga.edu
Mr. Michael McCann – Mississippi College of Law MMccann@mc.edu
Dr. Fritz Polite – University of Tennessee fpolite@utk.edu
Dr. Allen Sack - University of New Haven ASack@newhaven.edu
Dr. Ellen Staurowsky - Ithaca College staurows@ithaca.edu


Dr. Richard M. Southall
Director – College Sport Research Institute
304 Roane Fieldhouse
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152


JOB: Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Position: Instructor/Assistant or Associate Professor, Rank and Tenure-track dependent upon qualifications, Dept. of Kinesiology
Institution: Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Location: Oklahoma
Date posted: 7/24/2007

Kinesiology: Southwestern Oklahoma State University. SWOSU is accepting applications for the position of Instructor/Assistant or Associate Professor, Rank and Tenure-track dependent upon qualifications, Department of Kinesiology, Position 08-F003. Teaches courses related to elementary physical education, elementary/secondary health education, sport labs, and adapted physical education, foundations of HPER, exercise program for special population, consumer health education, and nutrition. Other assignments include student advisement, committee work, and student teacher supervision (optional). Masters Degree required. Ph.D. or Ed.D. preferred. Bachelors Degree or Masters Degree in Health and Physical Education or related filed required. Teaching experience in public schools (K-12) strongly preferred. Exercise Science expertise a plus. Demonstrated excellence in teaching/research/scholarly activities and service.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Submit cover letter referencing Position 08-F003, vita, unofficial transcripts, and the names, and contact information of three references to: Office of Human Resources, SWOSU, 100 Campus Drive, Weatherford, Oklahoma 73096 or e-mail application materials to jobs@swosu.edu. For more information visit http://www.swosu.edu. AA/EEO.

Monday, July 23, 2007

SCHOLARSHIP: Graduate Student Minority Award

In recognition of the recommendation made by the Racial Diversity Committee in the fall of 2003, the NASSS Conference Programme 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 2007 Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Applicants must be members of NASSS. The application process for the scholarship is as follows:

* graduate students who wish to be considered should 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 faculty recommendation from someone who is familiar with the student’s work and aspirations.
* applications will be reviewed by the NASSS Racial Diversity and Climate Committee.
* announcements regarding the selected applicant will be announced at the end of September 2007.

Application Deadline: 8 August 2007 via e-mail.

Submit materials to:

Othello Harris
Miami University
Chair, NASSS NASSS Diversity and Conference Climate Committee

The winner of the award will be recognized at the Annual Meeting of NASSS in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, October 31-November 3, 2007.

Friday, July 20, 2007

JOB: University of Waikato, New Zealand


Department of Sport and Leisure Studies
School of Education

The Department of Sport and Leisure Studies teaches both undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in sport and leisure studies and health and physical education, supports a range of research interests and has an international reputation for its strength in qualitative and critical methodologies.

This established position provides leadership in building capacity for undertaking high quality research, attracting external research funding and mentoring a team of dynamic emerging scholars.

A PhD in a relevant area together with a broad and in-depth knowledge of critical, qualitative, socio-cultural research and teaching in the areas of sport, leisure, physical education, health, dance, outdoor recreation and physical activity is required.

You will demonstrate expertise through a research record of sustained excellence and commitment to the development of research, postgraduate programmes, consultancy and the establishment of research teams. With the ability to contribute to teaching and supervision at all levels, you will provide high levels of academic leadership and mentor staff. You will also be expected to develop links and strengthen working relationships both internally and externally.

The level of appointment will be dependent on qualifications, research record and experience. Current salary range for Professors is NZ$108,165 to $137,644 per year and Associate Professors is NZ$92,881 to $105,813 per year.

Enquiries of an academic nature can be made to Professor Doug Booth, telephone ++64 7 8384500 ext 7957, fax ++64 7 8585083, email dbooth@waikato.ac.nz

Applications close on Friday, 21 September 2007.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

FELLOWSHIPS: Australian Centre for Olympic Studies


Details of the following two fellowships have now been posted on the Australian Centre for Olympic Studies website (www.olympic.uts.edu.au )

The Australian Olympic Research Fellowship 2008
The Australian Olympic Graduate Fellowship 2008

Fellowships provide infrastructure support for a period up to three months. The character of the fellowships, eligibility and application procedures are set out on the website listed above.

The closing date for the 2008 fellowships is 31 August 2007

Richard Cashman
Australian Centre for Olympic Studies