Thursday, April 28, 2011

JOB: Lecturer in Sport Studies U.Iowa

Lecturer in Sport Studies

The University of Iowa is seeking a sport studies scholar for a one-year lectureship teaching in the sport studies curriculum of the Department of American Studies. The position is effective in August 2011.

The teaching load is three undergraduate courses each semester such as Inequality in Sport; Women, Sport and Culture; Sport and Film; Sport in America after 1900; Sport and the Media; Race and Ethnicity in Sport. Teaching in the summer session for additional salary is also a possibility. Some undergraduate advising will be expected.

The Department will be searching to fill this position with a three-year renewable lectureship next year.

Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent in the area of sport studies. Evidence of teaching in the area of sport studies is desirable.

Applicants should send or email a letter of introduction, a curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three references to Susan Birrell, Department of American Studies, 210 Jefferson Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242 (

Review of applications will begin May 16 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Iowa is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. The Department of American Studies and the College of the Liberal Arts and Sciences are strongly committed to gender and ethnic diversity; the strategic plans of the University and College reflect this commitment. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. For further information on the department, please visit our web page at

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

CONFERENCE: Sport and the Environment: Philosophical Dimensions


Sport and the Environment: Philosophical Dimensions

June 22-25 2011

St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish Nova Scotia CANADA


“Different Kinds of Perfect: The Pursuit of Excellence in Nature Based Sports"

Leslie Howe, Ph.D., Dept. of Philosophy, University of Saskatchewan

In urban based sports, excellence in performance is normally taken to be a matter of superior performance of a more or less constrained set of physical movements or outcomes of movements. It can be argued, however, that sport excellence is a complex achievement, one that extends beyond the quantifiable alone and that can be assessed not only in terms of results and technical skill. In this paper, I consider the interplay between the technical and the aesthetic in nature sport, how this affects the pursuit of excellence, and how nature-oriented sport, in particular, can contribute to an understanding of environmental aesthetics in terms of active engagement.

Leslie A. Howe is a Professor in the Philosophy Department of the University of Saskatchewan, with academic interests in moral psychology, nineteenth century philosophy, gender and identity theory, and the philosophy of sport. A philosophical background in existentialism, especially Kierkegaard, has made her appreciative of the irony of being a hillwalker and competitive rower while living in a place most noted for its relative lack of either hills or water. Leslie’s interest in philosophy of sport grew out of a combination of philosophical work on self, embodiment, and identity and a long involvement in urban based sports such as hockey, soccer, and rowing, as well as a love of the smaller sort of mountain. Her work in philosophy of sport has concentrated primarily on the importance of sport and play to the development of the self and on the significance of certain kinds of environmental engagement in this process.

“Understanding Nature Through Sport”

Kevin Krein, Ph.D., Dept. of Philosophy & Outdoor Studies, University of Alaska Southeast

Nature sports are those sports in which features of the natural world take on the role that human opponents play in traditional or standard sports. In surfing, for example, athletes must respond to the wave they are riding rather than to a human opponent. If we think that traditional sports offer us ways of understanding ourselves, our opponents, and the ways we relate to each other, it is reasonable to think that nature sports offer us ways of understanding the natural world and our relationship to it. I argue that while nature sports athletes have an intimate understanding of, and relationship with, the natural world, it is often a relationship that has not been meaningfully interpreted or understood. It is my contention that nature sports offer a venue to reconsider what our relationship to the natural world should look like, and that athletes and philosophers should exploit that venue.

Kevin Krein is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Academic Director of Outdoor Studies at the University of Alaska Southeast, where he teaches courses in philosophy, mountaineering, and backcountry skiing. As a person who spends a significant portion of his time either in mountains or thinking about mountains, it is fitting that Kevin would choose to do philosophical work in the philosophy of nature oriented sports. The broad goals of his philosophical work in this area are to understand what draws people to nature sports, how such sports are similar to, and different from, other sports, and what role nature sports play, or should play, in a larger cultural context. Outside of the university setting, he guides on mountains and glaciers in Southeast Alaska and has served as lead guide for film crews from PBS, Discovery Channel, Teton Gravity Research, and the BBC. Specializing in ski mountaineering, he has climbed and skied around the world, skied from the summit of Denali, and completed several first descents.

“Outing the Dream Merchants: Geo-social Costs of Myth-selling the Surf Culture”

Scott Tinley, Ph.D. (ABD), San Diego State University

The intersection(s) of the mythology of surfing and the commercial forces driving the constructed idyllic images are a social and geographic space rife with material and philosophical conflict. Using the commodification of surfing as case study, I address the issues of how sport and its mythologies, when institutionalized, alter the social and geographic space in which they are practiced. Borrowing from Barthes, Baudrillard, Giddens, and Lefebvre, I argue that materially and socially-constructed representations of “perfect surf” are (often through eco-tourism) contributing to cultural and environmental degradation in the South and Eastern Pacific Ocean region. This contested space of neoliberal and neocolonialism exists both in transnational corporate headquarters in Southern California and in small villages through the Mentawi Archipelago. I conclude that for sporting practices in the natural world to sustain themselves without a necessary self-destruction, foundations of cultural meaning in emerging alternative sport forms must recast their essential economic and participatory philosophies.

Scott Tinley, a native Californian, is an accomplished teacher, author, and athlete. He teaches Sports MBA graduate students, undergraduate English students, and Junior Lifeguards. He has authored several books, including “Racing the Sunset,” a personal and in-depth study of Athlete Retirement. Just recently, Scott founded the Institute for Athletes in Retirement and Transition (IART) at San Diego State University and continues to conduct research on the subject. Scott is also a member of the Ironman Hall of Fame, a two-time Ironman World Champion, and has competed professionally in over 400 triathlons. Although professionally retired since 1999, Scott still competes and has found a new passion in paddleboard racing


Monday, April 25, 2011

CFP: Sociology of Sport Journal Special Issue

Sociology of Sport Journal
Special Issue: Glocalization of Sports in Asia
Editors: Younghan Cho (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies), Charles Leary (National University of Singapore), and Steve Jackson (University of Otago)

Call for Papers
The thesis of glocalization (Robertson,1995) has been widely used to explicate the global circulation and consumption of American cultural commodities and their accommodations to local contexts, including the links between globalized American sports and local responses to them (Andrews & Ritzer, 2007; Cho, 2009; Giulianotti & Robertson, 2007). Research about globalized sports and local responses in specifically Asian contexts, however, remains scarce. Given the proliferation of American (global) sports in Asia, which has been rapid and highly influential politically, economically, and socially, the concrete ways that sports become localized there are ripe for further study. This call for papers aims to generate a special issue in which the concept of glocalization is used to explore the history, development, and current state of Asian sports culture as the region experiences escalating dimensions of globalization.

In order to succeed in Asia, global sports are compelled to continually accommodate to the local—not only because of perpetually shifting conditions, but also because of the complex relationships between sport and other societal elements. Sport is a highly effective tool of globalization in Asia, yet remains strongly connected to both national and local roots. Thorough, nuanced understandings of this duality are necessary to any explication of the significance of glocalization within the construction of Asian sports culture, and the implications of these processes.

The editors seek contemporary and historical examinations of sport glocalization in Asia from the late nineteenth century to the present, including the replacement of traditional sports, innovations of particular established traditions tied to sports, and the invention of modern sports cultures. By interrogating the many ways that modern sports have been and still are received and appropriated in Asia, this issue will explicate the historicity of the glocalization of sports in Asia, present the current state of sports there, and consider the future of its sports culture.

Accepted papers will employ a variety of paradigmatic, methodological, and disciplinary perspectives. This issue will consider textual, empirical, case study, and/or theory-based work related to Asian sports culture, but are especially interested in papers that critically engage Asian sports culture within the larger processes of reinventing tradition and constructing modernity. Work that focuses on East Asia and Southeast Asia is especially sought, as the rapid economic development and dramatically increased consumer cultures of these areas have made them major targets for the global sports industry.

Authors should follow the “Instructions of Contributors” found at and in every issue of the Sociology of Sport Journal. Word limit is 8,000, including back matter.

Online submissions should be sent to, and questions should be sent to Dr. Younghan Cho,, Dr. Charles Leary, or Dr. Steven Jackson,

Due date for Papers: 30th September, 2011

CFN: NASSS Special Election

Dear NASSS Colleagues:

Please see below (and attached) the call for nominations for a special election for Treasurer. We had great participation in our recent election, and we hope to match that with this equally important Special Election for Treasurer. Voting is planned to take place from May 1 through June 1, but first step is to fill in our ballot. On behalf of the NASSS President and Board, I invite you to nominate yourself or a colleague at this time - no later than Friday April 29, 2011.

Thanks - Kathy



Given an error in calculating the end of current term for this position, the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) is conducting a special election for Treasurer. At this time we invite you to consider serving NASSS as Treasurer.


The Treasurer is elected by the membership to serve a 2-year term. The Treasurer shall have charge and custody of, and be responsible for, all funds and securities of the Society, receive and give receipts for monies due and payable to the Society from any sources whatsoever and deposit all such monies in the name of the Society in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as shall be selected in accordance with the provisions of the NASSS Bylaws. The Treasurer shall prepare an annual financial report of the Society at the close of each fiscal year and a proposed budget for the biennium; shall arrange for an annual audit; compile for official use and record an annual membership list of this Society and provide a copy of the membership list of this Society for each biennium.


You may nominate yourself or someone else to run for this office. If you wish to nominate someone else, you must contact the person you are nominating and confirm their desire to run for office.


Eligible candidates and those who wish to vote must be current with their NASSS dues. Membership fees may now be paid via the NASSS website. If you have any questions about membership, please contact Theresa Walton (


Candidates who wish to run for office need to provide a brief Vision Statement for NASSS, in addition to a Biographical Statement that outlines the candidate’s qualifications for the office, including a summary of publications and/or a report on other professional activities by FRIDAY APRIL 29, 2011, 5PM EST.


For further details about this position please see the NASSS bylaws at:

Please contact Vicky Paraschak, NASSS Elections Chairperson ( should you have further questions.

JOB: University of Bath: Socio-cultural aspects of sport & physical activity

Dear all (and apologies for cross-posting),

Some may be interested in this position at the University of Bath. We are seeking to appoint a Lecturer in the sociology of sport / physical activity.

Further details are available here:

The new appointee would join a number of colleagues and graduate students, located in the Department of Education at the University of Bath, whose research focusses on sport, health, the body, culture, and, pedagogy. In addition to research and post-graduate supervision, the post would require teaching at UG / MA level on interdisciplinary social-science courses that address the relationships between sport, physical activity, the body with wider socio-cultural concerns / forces.

If anyone would like to discuss the position informally, please feel free to contact me at

Best, Mike

Dr Michael Silk
Senior Lecturer
Director of Studies (UG)
Department of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Bath

JOB: The University of Georgia Sport Management Faculty Position

The University of Georgia

Sport Management Faculty Position

DESCRIPTION: The University of Georgia seeks to fill an open‐rank, full‐time, tenure‐track position in the area of sport management. We seek the highest quality scholar with research and teaching expertise in one or more of the following areas: strategic management, organizational behavior, economics and finance, entrepreneurship, or communications. International experience in sport management preferred. This is an academic-year appointment that begins in August, 2011.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in appropriate field of research. Evidence of successful research, teaching, and potential for securing external funding.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in sport management. Establish an active research program involving undergraduate and graduate students. Seek external funding for research and/or the sport management program. Advise graduate students, and direct master’s and doctoral students’ thesis and dissertation research. Participate in the development of the sport management program and serve on Department, College, and University committees as appropriate.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

University: The University of Georgia is a comprehensive research university with 35,000 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. It is located in Athens, a city of approximately 100,000 located 60 miles northeast of Atlanta. The Department of Kinesiology has 24 fulltime faculty members and offers B.S.Ed., M.S. and Ph.D. programs in exercise science, physical education, and sport management. Approximately 130 undergraduate students, 35 M.S. students and 14 Ph.D. students are currently enrolled in sport management programs. Department faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized for their research. The Department has excellent facilities in the Ramsey Center. Applicants are encouraged to visit the department website at For information about The University of Georgia, visit, for Athens and Georgia, visit and

APPLICATION: Applications should be submitted electronically (Word or pdf files) to Send letter of application, curriculum vita, research statement, reprints of three recent research articles, and names and contact information of four references. For additional information about the position contact Billy Hawkins at: (706) 542‐4427, Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

DEADLINE: Applications received through May 2, 2011 are assured consideration.

The University of Georgia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/Americans with disabilities act compliant institution

Saturday, April 02, 2011

CFA: SAGE Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World-New Volume

CALL FOR AUTHORS: SAGE Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s
World-New Volume

We are inviting academic editorial contributors to the Multimedia
Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World, a new online library reference
that will look at women today around the world and delve into the contexts
of being female in the 21st century. Thus the scope of the encyclopedia
will focus on women’s status starting in approximately 2000 and look
The new work will supplement the 4-volume print and online edition of the
encyclopedia already in production. The 250 signed entries (with
cross-references and recommended readings) will cover issues in
contemporary women’s and gender studies and the articles will include
information relevant to the following academic disciplinary contexts:
women in different cultures/countries; arts and media; business and
economics; criminal justice; education; family studies; health; media;
military; politics; science and technology; sports; environmental studies;
and religion.

We are making assignments that are due May 13, 2011.

This comprehensive project is being published in stages by SAGE Reference
and will be marketed to academic and public libraries as a digital product
available to students via the library’s electronic services. The General
Editors, who will be reviewing each submission to the project, are Dr.
Mary Zeiss Stange of Skidmore College, and Dr. Carol K. Oyster of the
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

If you are interested in contributing to this cutting-edge reference, it
is a unique opportunity to contribute to the contemporary literature,
redefining women’s issues in today’s terms. Moreover, it can be a notable
publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing
credits. SAGE Publications offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book
credits for smaller articles up to a free set of the printed product or
access to the online product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or

The list of available articles is already prepared, and as a next step we
will e-mail you the Article List (Excel file) from which you can select
topics that best fit your expertise and interests. Additionally, Style and
Submission Guidelines will be provided that detail article specifications.

If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding reference
with the Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World, please contact
me by the e-mail information below. Please provide a brief summary of your
academic/publishing credentials in women’s and gender issues.

Thanks very much.

Sue Moskowitz
Director of Author Management
Golson Media