Monday, September 26, 2011

CFP: Fifth Summit on Communication & Sport

Call for Papers
Fifth Summit
Communication & Sport

Thursday, March 29 – Saturday, March 31, 2012
Embassy Suites Conference Center – East Peoria, IL
Hosted by Bradley University

If the first four Summits are any indication of the burgeoning interest in sports
communication research, then the fifth Summit will certainly have much to offer. Our
hope is that the upcoming Summit will serve as a vehicle for the exchange of concepts,
theories and approaches to the study of communication and sport. Take this unique
opportunity to connect with other sports communication scholars.

We invite you to consider presenting at the 2012 conference. To ensure that we offer a
balance of topics, we ask that you consider responding to this call for papers.

Scholars who are interested in presenting research that explores communication and sport
are encouraged to submit abstracts or full-length manuscripts for consideration.

Options for submission:

Abstracts (200-500 words)
To submit an abstract, click here and complete the online form.


Full-length manuscripts (5,000-10,000 words, APA style)
To submit a completed manuscript, send as an attached PDF file, word format to:

Author name and contact information (institutional affiliation, email address and
telephone number) should be in the body of the email. However, no information
identifying the author or university affiliation may appear in the attached PDF

Up to two submissions from the same author will be considered. Submissions that
explore theoretical and/or critical issues related to the study of sports communication are
invited and all methodologies are welcome. Submission deadline is October 7, 2011.
Any submission with an email date stamp after October 7 will not be considered.

Presenters will be notified of presentation acceptance via email by December 1, 2011.
Inquiries regarding submissions can be sent to Dr. Paul Gullifor at:

More information on the Summit will be available at:
Be sure to bookmark the site and check it regularly!!

Thursday, 7:00-9:00

Friday, 8:30-11:30

Friday, 12:00-1:15

Friday, 1:30-5:30

Friday evening

Saturday, 8:30-11:30

Saturday, 12:00-1:30

Summit Schedule (Tentative):

Opening Reception TBD

Research Sessions

Opening Luncheon (free with registration) w/Keynote

Research Sessions

Dinner TBD

Research Sessions

Closing Luncheon (free with registration)
Business Meeting


Saturday, 1:30

Bradley University is proud to host the Fifth Summit on Communication and Sport.
Bradley, with its new curriculum in Sports Communication, is a natural home for the
Fifth Summit. The academic program, only in its third year, boasts more than 100
majors, a sports communication library, a partnership with NBC/Universal for the 2012
Summer Olympics, and a world-class faculty.

Bradley University, as the host of the conference, has proven its ability to prepare
graduates for careers in communication and sport. Our current play-by-play announcers

Bob Ortegel
Ralph Lawler
Brad Johansen
Charley Steiner
Andy Masur

In addition, Peoria, Illinois, boasts a rich sports history and culture. Many legendary
sports broadcasters started their careers in Peoria, including Hall of Fame play-by-play
announcers Chick Hearn and Jack Brickhouse. The community embraces its two
professional sports franchises, the Peoria Rivermen hockey team (St. Louis Blues

NBA World Champion Dallas Mavericks
Los Angeles Clippers
Cincinnati Bengals
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres

affiliate) and the Peoria Chiefs baseball team (Chicago Cubs affiliate). Peoria also hosts
the original March Madness (the Illinois high school boys’ basketball tournament
championships), as well as the state’s high school cross-country meet.

We hope that you will consider sharing your research at the Fifth Summit on
Communication and Sport. We will be playing in Peoria!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

JOB: University of Western Sydney


Position Title:
Lecturer in Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
(PDHPE) Curriculum and Pedagogy (K-12)
Academic Level:
Establishment No:
School of Education


The University of Western Sydney (UWS) is a large multi-campus university servicing a diverse
range of students.

From 2012, the academic structure of UWS will comprise ten Schools, being organisational
groups of staff and students which may be located over several campuses. The Dean of each
School reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor, and is responsible for the strategic development
and management of the School’s academic offerings, research profile, services to students
and enterprise culture, within the overall objectives and strategic and policy framework of the

The School of Education is one of the largest education schools or faculties in Australia, with
over 2000 students enrolled. It offers innovative graduate-entry, teacher education programs
in primary, secondary, early childhood and special education, as well as social ecology, and
research and professional postgraduate programs. Programs are offered on both Bankstown
and Penrith campuses.

The School of Education takes pride in its research and teaching profile, which emphasises
theoretically strong and practical and applied forms of research, learning and action within a 21st
century, futures-oriented context. Our teaching programs emphasise critical reflection, in-school
experience, and flexible, blended and hands-on approaches to learning. Our research and
professional practice is informed by concerns for social equity, social justice through education,
social ecology, and by community-based research partnerships. We have a strong relationship
with public and private school systems in western and south-western Sydney.


The Lecturer in PDHPE Curriculum and Pedagogy (K-12) will work as part of the education
team. S/he will be expected to make a continuing quality contribution to the research and
scholarly activities of the School, and may teach in the primary and secondary programs. The
position is based at the Penrith campus; however, it should be noted that the School operates
in a multi-campus environment and the Lecturer may be required to teach on all campuses on
which the School operates.


The position reports to the Dean, School of Education or nominee.


A Level B academic is expected to make contributions to the teaching effort of the University
and to carry out activities to maintain and develop their scholarly, research and/or professional
expertise relevant to the profession and/or discipline. A Level B academic will have qualifications
and experience recognised by the University as appropriate for the discipline area.


Conduct research, scholarly and professional activities, including applying for research
grants and publishing in recognised high quality journals.

Supervise programs of study for honours students, or postgraduate students engaged in
course work and/or research projects.

Coordinate and teach in units in the areas of PDHPE curriculum and pedagogy (K-12),
including coordination of sessional staff.

Ensure that the design, development, delivery and assessment of units meet the required
standards of internal and external accreditation and employ learning approaches and
resources that are appropriate and contemporary (including the use of e-learning

Prepare and conduct a blend of learning experiences, including face-to-face and on-line
lectures, tutorials, discussion boards and practical classes, mark and assess students’

Participate in professional experience responsibilities, including visiting educational settings
and schools, fostering relationships and partnerships with educational settings and schools,
and mentoring student teachers.

Contribute to the design and development of education courses, and the strategic planning
of the School of Education.

Develop and maintain good communication with students and staff.

Complete administrative functions, and attend meetings as required within the School and

Develop and implement equal opportunity and affirmative action plans and programs
ensuring that the School’s activities are consistent with UWS values, and equity and diversity
policies and plans.

Act in accordance with UWS policy and external legal/statutory obligations (e.g.
Occupational Health and Safety, industrial, complaints resolution and financial).

Undertake risk management and actively support and participate in the risk management
processes adopted by the University which include identifying, analysing and evaluating risks
that may impact on the University.


1. An earned doctorate, preferably in a field in, or related to, Education.

2. Experience in progressing research initiatives from inception through to publication, and
applying for research grants.

3. Demonstrated track record in quality academic publications.

4. Broad knowledge of and experience in the field of PDHPE curriculum and pedagogy (K-12),
including the application of ICTs in K-12 learning environments.

5. Demonstrated successful experience in quality university teaching, including an ability to
facilitate learning in small and large groups, and experience in using contemporary methods

of curriculum design, development, delivery and assessment (including the use of e-learning

6. Knowledge of contemporary education issues and trends and their relationship to teaching
and learning in primary and secondary educational settings.

7. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including interpersonal skills and the ability
to work collegially and effectively in a team.

8. A demonstrated understanding of the principles of equal opportunity, equity and occupational
health and safety and the willingness and capacity to implement equal opportunity, equity
and occupational health and safety plans and programs.

Date Position Statement Last Reviewed: 5 September 2011
Date Position Statement Last Classified: 11 September 2011

CFP: Hockey Conference


The hockey family is constructed in a number of contexts: at home, in the community,
and more broadly through the influence of bureaucracies, the media and marketplace.
In this interdisciplinary conference we invite submissions from anyone interested in the
game of hockey today and over time, its gendered dimensions, its representation in
literature, film and popular culture, the personal and community identities and
allegiances it generates.

The role of the family in the game’s evolution – the special place of hockey Moms and
Dads – and the challenges and expectations the hockey family experience will be a
central concern of the conference.

How functional or dysfunctional is the hockey family? How does hockey differ for boys
and girls, men and women? The coach as surrogate parent, positive and abusive
coaching and parenting, violence on and off the ice, head trauma and other hockey
injuries, issues relating to participation in minor and recreational hockey, the selection
process for competitive hockey, and questions relating to class, gender, ethnicity and
race are especially welcome. On a broader level we are interested in the way in which
the sport is organized, whether it be for participatory and/or competitive play, from
minor hockey to intercollegiate and professional play, as well as the economic
circumstances that affect the game’s development.

Putting it on Ice III: Constructing the Hockey Family is the latest in a series of
conferences which have led to a renaissance in hockey scholarship. Information on the
conference and its history is available at Those interested in
presenting papers should send abstracts of approximately 200 words to Dr. Colin
Howell, Academic Director, Center for the Study of Sport and Health, Saint Mary’s
University at by October 15, 2011.

CONFERENCE: Researching Youth Sport

We are pleased to announce initial details of the sixth annual Researching Youth Sport conference and invite individuals who would like to receive full conference information to join our circulation list (see bottom of announcement). Please distribute this to your colleagues and networks who may be interested:
Theme: Researching Youth Sport, Health and Wellbeing: Responding to challenging times
When: Wednesday 16th November 2011, 10.00 – 16.30
Where: Brunel University Campus, Uxbridge, London (at the end of the Metropolitan Line - and only 15 minutes from Heathrow Airport!)
What: The Researching Youth Sport conference series is jointly hosted by the universities of Brunel and Loughborough. The conferences bring together the best applied research into youth sport, in order to make it available to the policymakers and practitioners who can make real use of it. The conference typically attracts 80-100 participants from sports agencies, charities, local and national government departments, community and school representatives and research institutions. As well as offering a stimulating programme of formal presentations, it provides an excellent opportunity for participants to exchange their experiences and good practice with each other.
This year’s conference is being hosted at Brunel by the Brunel Centre for Sport Health and Wellbeing (BC.SHaW) and focuses on how youth sport can thrive in the face of economic uncertainties, funding cutbacks and social tensions. The conference speakers come from sport research, policy and practice, and will be sharing their detailed and up-to-date knowledge in an accessible way.
Delegate fees: £75 full delegate, £45 concession; includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day
Participating: Organisations are welcome to promote their own work and resources at the conference exhibition which will be available to delegates throughout the day. If you want to enquire about this please email us at
We will be circulating the full conference programme with speaker details and booking forms on 3rd October 2011. To have this information sent direct to your personal email address, please simply return this email as a ‘reply’ now to and we will add you to our circulation list.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

JOB: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Sport Media

University of Iowa

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Department of American Studies

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Sport Media

The University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Department of American Studies invite applications for the position of assistant professor in the field of Sport Media. The successful candidate will have a joint appointment in Journalism/Mass Communication and American Studies, to begin in August 2012.

A Ph.D. and college-level teaching experience are required; an academic home in communication-related fields, American studies and/or sport studies is highly preferred. The ideal candidate will have academic expertise related to sport, media, and their interactions, and will show potential for attaining a significant national/international record of achievement in sport media scholarship.

Responsibilities include teaching courses at undergraduate and graduate levels and pursuing an active program of research. The successful candidate must be able to work effectively with undergraduate and graduate students and contribute to service and outreach missions of the School and Department, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the University.

To apply visit the UI electronic submission website at and refer to requisition #60031. Materials including cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, contact information for three references, and evidence of teaching ability should be submitted electronically. Representative samples of academic and/or professional work should be sent to: Sport Media Search Chair, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, E305 Adler Journalism Building, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-2004.

Screening will begin October 10, 2011, with applications considered until the position is filled. The School, Department, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and University of Iowa are strongly committed to intellectual, gender, and ethnic diversity. Women and members of underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The University of Iowa is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

The University of Iowa’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication is housed in the state-of-the-art Philip D. Adler Journalism Building. Iowa’s Department of American Studies, which includes strong programs in sport studies at graduate and undergraduate levels, is housed in the historic Jefferson Building. For more information, see their websites at and

Located in Iowa City, a community that combines small-town charm with rich cultural and educational opportunities, the University of Iowa is a major national research university and Iowa’s largest regents’ institution, with more than 30,000 students and about 1,700 faculty. The University belongs to the country’s oldest Division I college athletic conference and has a long tradition of support for women’s athletics.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

CONFERENCE: Disability Sport: A vehicle for social change?

Dates for Your Diaries:
23rd - 25th August 2012
(Just prior to the London Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony)

The Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies at Coventry University and the International
Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation proudly present an international inter-disciplinary
conference for academics and practitioners entitled:

Disability Sport: A vehicle for social change?

To be held in one of England’s most iconic buildings:

Coventry Cathedral

(Only 1 hour from London by train)

The Cathedral will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and the International Wheelchair and
Amputee Sports Federation will be celebrating their 60th anniversary in 2012.

Further details can be found in the coming months on the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation
Studies’ website: or Email:

The conference will be based around four main themes:

  • Disability sport for peace and development
  • Disability sport and social inclusion
  • The recreational and psychological value of sport for people with disabilities
  • Sport and health for people with disabilities

Possible areas for presentations include, but are not restricted to:

  • Disability Sport as a tool for peace and development in post-conflict zones
  • Sport as a tool for the rehabilitation of individuals disabled as a result of conflict
  • Disability sport and its impact upon non-disabled perceptions of disability
  • Disability sport and the Higher Education sports curriculum
  • The potential economic and social impact of the London 2012 Paralympic Games
  • Sport as a human right for people with disabilities
  • Disability, sport and identity
  • The impact of disability discrimination in the provision of sporting opportunities for people with disabilities
  • Technology and disability sport: where does man become machine?
  • Historical issues in disability sport and the Paralympic Games
  • Media portrayals of disability and Paralympic sport
  • The impact of sport on the health of people with disabilities
  • The elite non-disabled sporting model and disability sport: impacts, problems and possibilities
  • Marketing disability sport: problems and possibilities
  • International perspectives on disability sport

There will also be opportunities for posters and suggestions for symposia.

It is intended that a publisher will be found for conference presentations in order to that a new and up to date body of social science knowledge be produced to assist the growing interest in disability sport amongst academics and students worldwide.

CFA: Gender and Sport

From Elizabeth Cavalier:

I am organizing a paper session on "Gender and Sport" for the upcoming Southern Sociological Society meetings in New Orleans (March 21-24, 2012). The session is co-sponsored by Sociologists for Women in Society-South. Topics including but not limited to media representations of male or female athletes, gender/sex testing in sport, Title IX, and the intersections of gender and heteronormativity in sport are encouraged. Please consider submitting a paper for this session by Saturday, October 1 (email to Your submission should include: (1) Paper title, (2) names, affiliations, and contact information for each author, and (3) an extended abstract, which should be 450-550 words.

Please forward this call for papers to anyone who might be interested in submitting a paper for this session.

WORKSHOP: Beyond Sports vs. Games

Beyond Sports vs. Games
Workshop @ ITU Copenhagen

Friday, February 17, 2012

T.L. Taylor, Emma Witkowski, Miguel Sicart, and Douglas Wilson of the IT University of Copenhagen.

Full details:

Ten years of game studies have passed with little exploration of sports as a key link in the study of computer gaming. Despite the huge popularity of sports titles, the growth of e-sports, or the general adoption of "sporting attitudes" and practices, not much work has been done to unpack the nature of computer game play as sport. Conversely, forty years of sports studies have produced only limited consideration of the practices and research taking place on digital playing fields. The time is long overdue for these research fields to mingle. With computer games as a central focus point, this one-day workshop looks to embrace interdisciplinary perspectives on sports and computer games, prompting a richer conversation about the nature of digital play by bringing to the foreground a sports orientation.

This workshop will be of particular interest to researchers working in sports and/or game studies. We welcome an interdisciplinary mix. Drawing from a variety of perspectives including (but not limited to) game studies, game design research, game history, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, leisure studies, and sports studies, workshop participants will present original research on the subject. Topics can range from empirical studies to theoretical or conceptual work that uses sports as a new interpretive frame for digital play. Examples include (but are not limited to):
Sports video games and athletic simulation
Sportspersonship and digital games
Designing for digital sports
Play as sporting performance, expertise, and virtuoso play
Sporting outsiders, alternatives, and rebels
Fantasy sports & gameplay
Amateurism & professionalism
Computer games as lifestyle sports
Coaching, leading, and mentoring teams
Spectatorship, audience, and digital sports
Sporting fields of play: stadiums, servers, and desktops
Digital sporting equipment and gaming technologies
Physicality and embodiment in games
Rules and regulations of play
Computation and sports
Sports ethics and digital games
Relationship between digital games and traditional athleticism/sports
The workshop will consist of presentation of participant research, feedback on it, and themed discussion sessions. Each participant will also be assigned two participant's abstracts to give focused feedback on. This format offers rigorous consideration of each participants ideas and works to set-up some central issues to be followed as a group in the discussion. The organizers will also provide a few texts for everyone to read in advance (in addition to the abstracts) to provide some shared overview/context.

Deadline and Participation:
There are places for approximately 12 participants. They will be selected by the organizing committee on the basis of the submitted extended abstracts, with an eye toward the overall workshop mix and thematic focus. Extended abstracts of 500 words are due by 15 November 2011 to You will receive a notification of acceptance within about a week. You must submit via the format provided here [application format here]. The form includes the extended abstract describing how your work relates to the workshop topic and briefly outlines the core issues you are facing or developed points for discussion at the workshop. As the workshop is interdisciplinary, please include in the abstract basic information about your disciplinary context in order to help the organizers theme the discussion sessions.

Participation in the workshop is free. However, participants are responsible for covering their own meals, transportation, and accommodation.

For more information, see the workshop website: