Wednesday, August 29, 2007

JOB: Assistant Prof, Sport Management, Texas A&M

Position in Sport Management

The Division of Sport Management in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University invites applications for a faculty position in the area of Sport Management to begin September 2008. Candidates will be expected to conduct a strong program of research within sport management, participate in masters and doctoral student training, and teach undergraduate and graduate classes. Approximately 520 BS students, 40 MS students, and 15 PhD students are currently enrolled in the sport management program. There are currently 9 faculty members in the Division of Sport Management (5 tenure-track, 4 clinical/lecturer). Additional program information can be found at

Position: Assistant Professor

Qualifications: Earned doctorate in sport management or closely related field; evidence of ability to conduct and publish research in a systematic line of inquiry; preference will be given to applicants with an established line of scholarly research, demonstrated ability in teaching at the doctoral, master, and undergraduate levels, experience in supervising, mentoring, and training graduate students, and the ability to acquire external funding.

Responsibilities: Teach graduate and undergraduate courses related to the management of sport organizations, including organizational theory, human resource management, organizational behavior, or related fields; conduct and publish high-impact research; direct and train doctoral and master’s students; seek and acquire external funding for research endeavors.

Appointment: 9 months, effective September 1, 2008

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications
Application: Send a letter of application summarizing the applicant’s qualifications, a brief statement of research and teaching interests, complete curriculum vitae, and names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to the address or email below.

George B. Cunningham, PhD
Sport Management Search Committee
Division of Sport Management
Department of Health and Kinesiology
4243 TAMU
Texas A & M University
College Station, TX 77843-4243
Phone: 979-458-8006

Closing Date: Screening of candidates will begin October 19 and continue until the position is filled.
Texas A&M University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and maintaining a climate that affirms diversity of both persons and views, including differences in race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation, and disability.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

CONFERENCE: History of Sport and Sports Studies in South Africa


Sports history developed as a recognized academic discipline in the 1970s. Since then there has been a proliferation of international journals, organizations and university courses dealing with the subject. As Martin Johnes recently noted about Britain, sports history has reached a certain maturity: ‘… it has its own journals, its own society, its own research centres and its own courses within both history and sports science/studies departments … The subject even has the factions and animosities that mark maturity – of a sort – in an academic discipline’. South Africa cannot lay claim to the same level of progress in this area, but a solid body of research and publications has emerged in the past decade or so.


This conference aims to provide a platform for a discussion of the state and future of South African and African sports history. It also aims to act as a vehicle for the consolidation of South African sports history research and writing inter alia through the publication of a volume/s synthesizing current and past work.


The conference is a collaborative effort between seven institutions, namely the History Department at Stellenbosch University, the National Heritage and Cultural Studies Centre at the University of Fort Hare, the Institute of Northern Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University, the International Centre for the Study of Sports History at De Montfort University, the Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute at the University of Ulster, the History Department at Michigan State University.

The conference is intended by these institutions to be a contribution to the overall preparations for the FIFA WORLD CUP 2010, which will be held for the first time in Africa.

Preparations will be supervised by a Co-Ordinating Committee from the host institutions and the Conference Co-ordinator, Ms C Harmsen, will be based in Stellenbosch, which will host the event.


The topics to be covered will be of a generalized nature, shaped according to the responses received from academic and popular historians. It will include themes such as sport and literature; biography; organizational histories; gender relations and changing patterns in women’s sport; sport and apartheid; sport and the liberation struggle; sport on the African continent; the international dimension of apartheid and sport; sport and identity; sport in the re-imaging of the concept of the nation; sport as a socializing and political instrument; capitalism,class and elitism in sport, education and the construction of masculinity; attempts at the massification of sport; and other more eclectic topics.


The conference is open to both academic and popular historians. Those interested in participating must please contact Ms C Harmsen by 30 November 2007, with a 300 word abstract of the intended paper. Deadlines for the completed papers are 31 March 2008.

JOB: Visiting Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University

Visiting Assistant Professor

Sport and Exercise Humanities
School of Physical Activity and Educational Services
College of Education and Human Ecology

Position: Visiting Assistant Professor; 6--month appointment (Winter Quarter 2008 through Spring Quarter 2008)

Qualifications: Earned doctorate in sport studies or related field; a graduate student who is one semester from completion of his/her doctoral degree will also be considered;

Duties: Teach classes in the following areas: (1) history of sport; (2) sociocultural study of sport; and/or (3) philosophy of sport. Cultivate and supervise internship and practicum experiences for undergraduate students. [Teaching and internship/practicum load will be approximately nine credit hours per quarter, for 18 credit hours of instruction for the two quarters.]

Submission: Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, two letters of reference, and evidence of teaching ability. Please submit your materials electronically to: Dr. Melvin Adelman,, Sport & Exercise Humanities, School of Physical Activity and Educational Services. If candidates have any questions regarding the position, they may contact Dr. Adelman. The committee will begin reviewing applications beginning October 10, 2007, continuing until the position is filled. The position will begin Winter Quarter, 2008.

To build a diverse workforce Ohio State encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women. EEO/AA employer.

Monday, August 27, 2007

GRANT: Diversity in Sport Dissertation


The Laboratory for Diversity in Sport at Texas A&M University is pleased to announce the Diversity in Sport Dissertation Grant. This is a $750 award presented to a student who will complete a doctoral dissertation by August 15, 2008. Any doctoral student conducting research in the area of diversity in sport and physical activity is eligible for the grant.

Diversity represents one of the most important issues facing persons in sport today. From a managerial standpoint, changing demographics, equal employment opportunity laws, and social pressures have all contributed to the increased heterogeneity of sport organization employees. The increased diversity can have both positive and negative effects for individual, groups, and the organization as a whole. As such, it is imperative for managers to (a) understand how diversity influences the workplace, (b) factors that can facilitate the positive effects of diversity, and (c) strategies that can be employed to ameliorate the potential negative effects of such differences.

From a social standpoint, sport has historically been a context where persons with certain characteristics—that is, White, able-bodied, heterosexual, Protestant men—have been privileged relative to those persons who do hold those characteristics. This form of privilege is largely still in place today. Social scientists are charged, therefore, with understanding (a) the experiences of members of under-represented groups, (b) how their experiences in sport influence their subsequent attitudes and behaviors, and (c) what policies can be implemented to ensure that sport is a setting open to all persons, irrespective of their demographic characteristics, values, or beliefs.

Students should complete the attached information sheet, complete a proposal for funding, and provide a detailed budget. Each proposal should be no more than three pages of text (excluding references, tables, figures, and/or appendices). The proposal should include (a) an introduction, (b) an overview of the theoretical framework adopted for the study, (c) the proposed methods, (d) the data analytic procedures, (e) the expected results, and (f) the implications of the research for the study of diversity in sport. On a separate page from the written proposal, students should provide a detailed budget of how they plan to use the funds. Proposals should also include a letter of support from the student’s advisor. Preference will be given to those studies focusing on the issues outlined in the Overview section.

Students should submit four copies of the grant proposal to:

George B. Cunningham, PhD
Laboratory for Diversity in Sport
Department of Health and Kinesiology
Texas A&M University
4243 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4243

Note that Texas A&M University System employees are not eligible for the award.

CONFERENCE: International Sport Studies

Please be advised that this is the second and final call for abstracts to be
submitted for the International Sport Studies Conference to be held in Samoa,
1-3 October 2007. Details of the conference, including instructions for
submitting an abstract, are posted at Details are also available on the
attached conference flyer.

The conference is hosted by the National University of Samoa and Victoria
University. The keynote speaker will be Adjunct Professor Richard Cashman from
the University of Technology Sydney. His address will be entitled 'Swimming
with the Big Boys: Global Games in the Asia-Pacific'. The closing date for
abstracts is 31 August 2007. The draft program will be posted on the conference
web page soon after.