Wednesday, November 05, 2008

CFP: Olympic Reform: A Ten-Year Review


“Olympic Reform: A Ten-Year Review”
University of Toronto, May 19-20, 2009

In 1999, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) embarked upon a major series of reforms to governance, the bidding process to host Olympics, the reporting of information, and to important programmes such as Olympic Solidarity.

The reforms came in response to revelations of bribes paid to ensure that Salt Lake City won the right to host the 2002 Winter Olympics. As major sponsors threatened to withdraw their support, the IOC responded by establishing the ‘2000 Commission’. The 2000 Commission’s 50 recommendations for reform were quickly approved.
This conference will conduct a critical review of the implementation of the reform package – successes, failures and unintended consequences. The review is timely because the reforms were introduced with no independent review mechanism; and the conference takes place mid-way between the Beijing and Vancouver Olympics.
Academics, activists, policy makers and sport leaders will gather to examine the context of reform, evaluate the implementation of the 1999 reform package, and identify issues and concerns that warrant further analysis and action.

Abstracts and proposals for sessions are invited in the following areas:

The Context of Reform -- topics related to the growing climate of reform that preceded the Salt Lake City scandal, including (but not limited to): the struggle for gender equity at the Olympics; the growth of critical scholarship and investigative journalism; the Olympic Truce and peace building initiatives; doping scandals and reform initiatives; and the politics of Olympic site selection.

Critical Analysis of the Reform Package – topics related to the IOC 2000 Commission reforms, including (but not limited to): Olympic Solidarity – Sport development and development through sport; WADA and doping; bidding for the Olympic Games before and after Salt Lake City; Olympic legacies; equity, representation, and the structure of the IOC; transparency and communication; and Olympism, education and culture.

Athletes’ Rights – topics related to the influence of IOC reforms on athletes’ rights, including (but not limited to): health, injury, and doping; media rights and the right to speak out; child athletes; sponsorship; labour rights; and other issues concerning the similarities and differences between athletes’ rights and the rights guaranteed to all humans under various international Charters.

Olympic Reform: Monitoring and Advocacy – topics related to monitoring the implementation of reforms and advocating for future reforms, including (but not limited to): Olympics and corporate social responsibility; sport and ‘good governance’; environment and sustainable development; Sport for All; sport for development and peace; legacies; ensuring rights; and conflict resolution.

The conference will feature keynote addresses by international and Canadian sport leaders and scholars, plenary panel discussions, as well as open paper sessions. Conference organizers are encouraging submissions for both individual presentations and session topics. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words (and include the paper/session title, and presenter’s name and affiliation). Deadline for the submission of abstracts is January 31, 2009.

Submit abstracts and any questions to the Conference Organizer, Russell Field, at:

Dr. Bruce Kidd
Dean, Faculty of Physical Education and Health
University of Toronto

Dr. Peter Donnelly
Director, Centre for Sport Policy Studies
University of Toronto

Dr. Russell Field
Faculty of Physical Education and Health
University of Toronto

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

JOB: Assistant Professor in Sport Management, University of Florida

Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management

Assistant Professor in Sport Management


Assistant Professor in Sport Management (tenure accruing position). The University of Florida (UF) invites applications and nominations for a sport management faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank. As a member of the Association of American Universities and the flagship institution in Florida, UF ( is a Land-Grant and Sea-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines. The Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management ( currently enrolls approximately 1000 students (900 undergraduates, 100 graduates) with 20 full-time faculty members, and provides nationally and internationally recognized education and research programs.

Candidates must be able to teach at least two of the following graduate and undergraduate courses within the sport management curriculum: sport finance, sport sociology, sport facility management, organizational behavior of sport organizations, legal aspects of sport, sport marketing, and sport consumer behavior.

Application Deadline:

All application materials must be submitted by December 5, 2008.

Application Process:

To be considered, applications must be submitted on-line at (position # 00004407, requisition # 0800952) and must include a letter of application with a statement of career goals, research interests, and professional accomplishments; curriculum vitae; names, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of at least three references; and three relevant publications, submissions, or other evidence of scholarly writing. Inquiries and nominations about this position should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee:

Dr. May Kim

College of Health and Human Performance, P. O. Box 118208 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-8208


Tel. 352-392-4042 ext 1429

Fax 352-392-7588

JOB: The Pennsylvania State University

The Pennsylvania State University

Assistant Professor – Social and Cultural Dynamics of Physical Activity

The Department of Kinesiology at Penn State University ( ) is seeking an entry-level faculty member with expertise in the area of social and cultural dynamics of physical activity. This tenure-track position, which will begin Fall Semester 2009, provides opportunities to join a progressive, multi-disciplinary group of faculty that studies human movement and physical activity.

The department encourages applications from scholars trained in a variety of dimensions of social and cultural studies, including history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, and politics, with broad interests in a variety of forms of physical activity, especially sport, exercise, public health and fitness, and physical education. The successful candidate will need to integrate with the current strengths of the department in social and cultural dynamics and the study of the meanings of human movement and activity across times, spaces, and cultures. An ability is required to contribute in some fashion to other areas of study in the department, including sport and exercise psychology, biomechanics, motor control, and exercise physiology.

Candidates must have an earned doctorate in an appropriate area, an established record of scholarship, and a commitment to excellence in teaching and service. The successful candidate will be expected to secure extramural research funding and assume teaching responsibilities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Post-doctoral experience and an established research program are preferred.

The Department of Kinesiology is an academic unit in the College of Health and Human Development ( ) offering B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. The educational environment is enriched by the considerable breadth and diversity of faculty expertise and educational opportunities for students. Significant pertinent resources include the Ronald A. Smith Sport History Book Collection, the Sport and Physical Education Archives of the Paterno Library, and a sport studies faculty interest group that includes more than thirty members from the colleges of Health and Human Development, Law, Liberal Arts, Communications, Education, and the Smeal College of Business. Collaborations are encouraged with multi-disciplinary Penn State organizations such as the Children, Youth and Families Consortium, Center for Childhood Obesity Research, Social Science Research Institute, Population Research Institute, Rock Ethics Institute and the Program on Sport Studies.

The Pennsylvania State University is the land grant institution of Pennsylvania. University Park is the largest of Penn State’s 24 campuses, with an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 42,000 students and offering more than 150 programs of graduate study. University Park is located in Central Pennsylvania, adjacent to the municipality of State College, which enjoys high rankings for cultural opportunities, local schools, and quality of life.

Penn State values diversity in all forms and we encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds to apply. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications should include:
· a letter describing scholarly interest and qualification
· a complete curriculum vita
· reprints of three recent publications
· the names, addresses, email and telephone numbers of three professional references

Direct all correspondence to: Dori Sunday (Administrative Support Assistant)
Social Cultural Search Committee
275 Recreation Building, Department of Kinesiology
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802.
Phone: (814) 863-1163; e-mail:

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.