Friday, October 28, 2011

CFP: 2012 Cooperstown Symposium

May 30, May 31, and June 1, 2012
Cooperstown, New York
The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, co-sponsored by the State University of New York College at Oneonta and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, examines the impact of baseball on American culture from inter- and multi-disciplinary perspectives.
Proposals for papers are invited from all disciplines and on all topics. Papers on baseball as baseball are not encouraged. Submission is by abstract and one-page vitae. Abstracts should be narrative, limited to three type-written pages. Abstracts should be submitted by December 16, 2011, to:
Sherry Wildenstein
135 Netzer Administration Bldg.
State University of New York College at Oneonta
Oneonta, NY 13820-4015
For further information on the symposium, please contact
Bill Simons at

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

JOB: Multi-Year Lecturer U. of Arizona

THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, Department of Sociology invites applications for a Multi-Year Lecturer in the area of sports and society. It is a three-year appointment with the option to renew for additional three-year appointments afterward. The position starts with the 2012-2013 academic year. The teaching load will be 3 or 4 courses per semester depending on other assignments/responsibilities. A combination of courses to be taught may include Sports and Society; Race, Class, Gender and Sports; Adolescence and Sports; Globalization and Sports; and, Cultural Studies in Sports.

Review of Applications begins Oct. 31, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply online at reference job#48814. Also, please send three letters of recommendation and teaching evaluations for the most recent six semesters to: Charles Ragin, Department of Sociology, Soc Sci Bldg, 400, PO 210027, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721. The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA Employer- M/W/D/V.

JOB: Health and Kinesiology Department Head Position

Health and Kinesiology Department Head Position

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Head of the Department of Health and Kinesiology in the newly formed College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University. The position will be available July 1, 2012 with a five-year renewable term, reporting to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. We seek an internationally recognized researcher who will provide leadership, vision, and management in curriculum, personnel, and faculty/staff development as well as serve as an advocate for the Department to the College, University, and larger community.
The successful candidate will be an academic leader and scholar with a strong commitment to the discovery, learning, and engagement missions of the Department. Applicants should have scholarly credentials commensurate with the rank of Tenured Full Professor. Field of specialization is open. Desirable attributes include a strong record of published research and external funding as well as prior experience in academic administration, undergraduate and graduate education, and development. The candidate selected will be someone who values and promotes diversity.
The Department of Health and Kinesiology is a diverse and collegial department with 17 full-time tenure-track faculty, 2 joint-appointed tenure-track faculty (with Women's Studies and African American Studies), 4 clinical faculty, and 6 continuing lecturers. Research is conducted in the areas of public health, kinesiology (exercise physiology, sport and exercise psychology, motor development and control, biomechanics, sociology of sport, philosophy and history of sport), pedagogy, recreation and sport management, and athletic training. The Department is highly interdisciplinary, with ongoing collaborations with many of Purdue’s other departments (e.g., Psychological Sciences; Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences; Mechanical Engineering; Human Development and Family Studies; Nutrition Sciences) and programs/centers (e.g., Center for Aging and the Life Course, Oncological Sciences Center, Military Family Research Institute, Recreational Sports), and organizations in the community (e.g., University Place Senior Living Community, Clarian/IU Health). The Department is also the home of the A. H. Ismail Center for Health, Exercise, and Nutrition; and the Purdue Athletes Life Success program for underserved youth. The Department has accredited programs in health and physical education and athletic training, as well as an applied exercise and health program. It awards BS, MS, MPH and PhD degrees and currently has approximately 750 undergraduate majors, 43 MS and MPH students, and 36 PhD students.
Review of applications will begin January 1, 2012, but applications will continue to be accepted until an exceptional leader is selected. A background check will be required for employment in this position. Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, a letter of interest indicating relevant experience and qualifications, and a list of three references. Materials are to be sent electronically to:

Professor Sugato Chakravarty
Chair of the Search Committee

Purdue is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

CFP: Qualitative Inquiry 2012 - Qualitative Health Research

Further to the announcement for submissions to the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, (see below) we would like to announce the call for Qualitative Health Research abstracts due December 1st, 2011.

Qualitative Health Research at ICQI 2012

Abstract Submissions:
This year, the QHR planning group seeks abstracts from health and interdisciplinary scholars featuring high quality research that addresses issues important to policymakers, researchers, providers and consumers/ general populations including but not limited to the following topics:
  • Healthseeking behaviors within or across diverse groups
  • Use of nonmedical alternative therapies or regimens for prevention or curative purposes
  • Meaning making, coping behavior & lived experience among groups affected by specific health conditions or in specific medical care settings
  • Care-giving to promote or protect health or administer to persons with health conditions
  • How health and wellness are conceptualized within and across diverse groups, including a life course approach;
  • The organization and conceptualization of (un)healthy or (in)active bodies
  • Healthcare Decision-making processes at specific life stages or within health status contexts
  • Global Health practices and policies
We are especially interested in approaches that address health equity. In addition, we would welcome abstracts that feature innovative approaches to QHR such as: Interdisciplinary, mixed methods and translational research; use of the arts and media in research and/ or dissemination of findings; teaching qualitative health research; use of larger samples across geographic areas; integration with geographic data systems; community-researcher collaboration; and high impact research that engaged and transformed groups or communities affected by a health related issue.

The conference is inclusive and the Qualitative Health Research group welcomes abstracts from a wide range of disciplines and career orientations (e.g. students, professors, non-profits, government). Please circulate this call widely to interested parties. See for guidelines for submission to Qualitative Health Research panels which will take place during the General Congress, May 18-19, 2012, and further information. There are also optional pre-congress workshops on May 17th ( that would be of interest to qualitative health researchers. Presented by leaders in qualitative research, topics include visual data analysis, arts-based research, mixed and emergent methods, ethnography, oral history, focus groups, and writing and publishing among others.

Feel free to contact members of the Qualitative Health Planning Committee with any questions.

Michele A. Kelley, University of Illinois at Chicago,
Jennifer Hebert-Beirne, University of Illinois at Chicago,
Mayra Estrella, University of Illinois at Chicago,
Jennifer Sterling, University of Maryland,
Bryan Clift, University of Maryland,
Xin Chai, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
Aitor Gómez - Universitat Rovira i Virgili,

JOB: Assistant Professor, Sport and Exercise Psychology

The Department of Kinesiology at Boise State University is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Professor, Sport and Exercise Psychology. Qualified candidates will have an earned doctorate in Kinesiology or related field with a specialization in sport and exercise psychology (or ABD with completion by December 2012). The preferred candidate will have the ability to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of psychology of physical activity, the psychology of exercise and sport, social-psychology of sport, and psychology of coaching; an interest indeveloping coaching education courses; evidence of an active research agenda, including a commitment to collaborative scholarly activities; and experience on graduate student research committees.

Please view the full position announcement and application instructions at: Review of applications will begin December 1, 2011, and will continue until finalists are identified. Contact Shelley Lucas ( or Laura Petranek ( for more information.

Boise State University is strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The University actively encourages applications and nominations of women, persons of color, and members of other underrepresented groups. EEO/AA Institution, Veterans preference.

CFP: Sport, Gender and Media


Call for Papers

Sport, Gender and Media

10th March 2012
CFP deadline: 12th December 2011

We invite all postgraduate and early career researchers interested in gendered aspects
of sport to a one-day interdisciplinary conference.

This is a growing academic field which addresses important questions about equality,
public health, representation, participation, citizenship and ‘fair play.’ With the
Olympics in the UK, and a likely glut of related journalism, 2012 is an opportune time
to investigate the framing of media relationships between sport and gender.

The conference will be interdisciplinary, and welcomes contributions from many fields
in order to foster understanding of, and promote relationships between a variety of
theoretical and methodological perspectives. We also intend to celebrate the
achievements of women in sport, and this conference will be part of the marking
International Women’s Day.

The aims of this event are to:
  • Demonstrate and enrich the depth of study in this field.
  • Bring together academics, activists and others working on sport, gender and media.

The focus of the Conference is the relationship of media to sport and gender; however,
papers addressing sports issues which underpin and inform this field will be considered.
Topics might consider any of the following (but not limited to this list):
  • Sports journalism and gender equality
  • Gendered participation in elite sport
  • National identity through team sport
  • Media representations of race in sport
  • Sport in the age of the internet
  • Mixed gender or coed sport
  • Sports fans and fandom
  • History of sport media
  • Sports stars and sporting heroes
  • Sports institutions, national sports programmes in schools and government intervention
  • Obesity, health and sport
  • Media’s categorization of women’s sport: Authentic sports pages, or weight loss/lifestyle magazine.
  • Media and the sport binary
  • Non-mainstream sport

Abstracts for papers, posters or roundtable discussion should be 300 words and
emailed to by the deadline of Monday 12th December
with ‘Sport, Gender and Media abstract’ in the subject heading. For more information,
including notification dates and cost of attendance, please visit our website:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

CFP: SSJ Special Issue

Sociology of Sport Journal
Special Issue: Evidence, Knowledge and Research Practice
Editors: Michael Giardina (Florida State University) and Jason Laurendeau (University of

Call for Papers
Recent articles detail how social scientists, including social scientists of sport and
physical activity, are institutionally pressured to pursue more evidenced-based and
knowledge-translatable forms of empirical research (Bairner, 2009; Denzin, Lincoln and
Giardina, 2006; Murray, Holmes, Perron and Rail, 2008; Thorpe, 2006; Rojek, 2000;
Silk, Bush and Andrews, 2010). This discussion has brought issues of methodology to the
forefront of contemporary debates in the social sciences. Within the sociology of sport,
where qualitative research and realist modes of representation tend to dominate, there is
relatively little problematization of the different methodologies or the current diversity of
available methods (e.g., interviews, textual analyses, ethnography). Therefore, it seems
timely to reflect on what has been achieved and what the future holds. For example, what
issues have these ways of obtaining knowledge brought forward? Why have some forms
of research (e.g., narrative inquiry) remained marginal? What new, innovative research
methods can be introduced to field? What could new forms of research offer the field?
How could they answer the pressures to provide evidence that matters? How could they
provide (or reconceptualize what constitutes) knowledge that creates (social) change?
How will current graduate students in the sociology of sport make methodological
choices within the evidence-based institutional climates that currently appear to favor
research directed towards 'health' outcomes? This special issue is designed, then, to mark
out future directions for researchers interested in contesting/reformulating our
understandings of knowledge production in the sociology of sport and physical culture.
We solicit papers on, but not limited to, the following themes:
Philosophical reflection of the politics of research
Theoretical examinations of issues regarding methodology: ontological and
epistemological grounding of different methods, connection and coherence of
theoretical assumptions and method(s)
Methodological innovations in qualitative inquiry that explore/test/redefine the
boundaries of qualitative research and knowledge production in the sociology of
sport and physical culture
Methodological innovations in quantitative research that explore/test/redefine the
boundaries of quantitative research and knowledge production in the sociology of
sport and physical culture
Innovative solutions to problems facing researchers in the sociology of sport and
physical culture (e.g., ethical considerations, mixed methods approaches, judging
the quality of qualitative research)
Issues of representation, knowledge translation and exchange.

Authors should follow the “Instructions of Contributors” found at
http// and in every issue of the
Sociology of Sport Journal. The paper should be roughly 8,000 words including endnotes
and reference list. Please, submit online to http//

Please address questions to Dr. Michael Giardina ( or Dr. Jason
Laurendeau (
Due date for Papers: March 31, 2012

CFP: Centers and Peripheries in Sport

Call for Papers

As a second installment in the conference series

Centers and Peripheries in Sport

the Dept. of Sport Sciences at Malmö University proudly presents…

The Social Science of Sport: Scientific Quality, Position, and Relevance

Malmö, Sweden, April 19–21, 2012 •

Confirmed keynote speakers:

John Bale, Keele University
Angela Schneider, University of Western Ontario
Boria Majumdar, University of Central Lancashire
Christine Toohey, Griffith University
Jay Coakley, University of Colorado


In Knowledge and Human Interest, Jürgen Habermas clearly demonstrates that
knowledge and science is founded on different interests. He dismisses positivism for
serving the interest of control and instrumental reason, and criticizes hermeneutics for
being founded in a vicious circle of contextualism and the absence of ideological
criticism. Habermas is searching for a “critical theory” that could guide social science
beyond, for instance, instrumentalism and contextualism. Looking at the development of
the social sciences of sports we find positions similar to Habermas’ definition of
positivism and hermeneutics, without profound critical reflections on the “ideology of
positive sport”. The study of sport is either instrumental, in order to improve sporting
results, or contextual, in order to understand the “specificity” of the sporting culture.

Academic research at the Department of Sport Sciences at Malmö University is
essentially focused on social and cultural studies, and this has been advantageous for its
development towards becoming a vital environment for sport studies. There has,
however, emerged a need for substantial reflections on the “scientific” status of sport
studies and problems related to this development. The recruitment of faculty staff has
been geared towards several different academic disciplines and academic fields –
psychology, sociology, ethnology, history, urban geography, philosophy and sociology of
law among others, that essentially creates a cross-disciplinary horizon. However, to
satisfy the needs of a PhD-program in “sport science”, the department has to develop a
multi-disciplinary approach, regardless the cross-disciplinary structure of the faculty. In
addition, since the department works closely with the sporting practice, by tradition as
well as ideology, research is expected to be relevant to that practice, at least to some

The close association to sports, ideologically as well as by individual experiences and
preferences, is fertile soil for anecdotes as well as normativity, in absence of essential
theoretical foundations in sport studies. These local reflections are evidently in line with
more global considerations of the character of social and cultural sport sciences, where a
substantial discourse on the epistemology, social relevance of sport, and the scientific
status are more or less absent or overshadowed by more hands-on-studies.


In various ways and in different areas, sport has contributed to the improvement of
products in society. Motor sport, for instance, has been instrumental in profound advances
of motor vehicles in general. The broadcasting of sports events is behind many technical
innovations in television. The production of digital clocks has been influenced by the
temporal logics of sports.

Similarly, one might expect that sport science has made contributions to science in
general. In the Anglo-American world, sport science is generally interpreted as medical,
physiological and psychological studies of sports, and in those disciplines we will find
practical as well as theoretical contributions to the respective mother disciplines. In
Europe, though, sport science denotes any academic study of sports, be it based in the
natural sciences or in, for instance, sociology, history, philosophy or economy.

Now, if we consider the social and cultural sport sciences, will we find any kind of
evidence that such research has in any way contributed to advances of the theoretical
development of social science and theory or cultural science? Probably not, although the
study of sports relies heavily on theories and methods developed within a number of
social science disciplines. So, what are the reasons for this lack of reciprocity? To find
out, we have to look at the internal characters and status of social and cultural sport
science in Academia, related to:

The history and the localization of the development of sport studies.
The recruitment of research staff related to sport studies.
The impact of gender issues on the progress of the social and cultural sport
An internal epistemological and ontological discourse versus stereotypical sports
The scientific legacy of sport studies.
The scientist being a part of popular culture and the subject that is studied.
A normative and ideological point of departure.
The hegemony of (standard) social theories used in sport studies.
The mixture of cross- and multidisciplinary approaches.
The emphasis on “sports relevance ” versus “ a relevance for society” and the
social impact of sport science.

The Department of Sport Sciences in Malmö invites papers that discuss the scientific
quality of sport studies and the position of social and cultural sport science in Academia
along the lines presented above.

Please submit ABSTRACTS (250–400 words) electronically (a Word document attached
to an e-mail) to Kjell E. Eriksson ( no later than
December 15, 2011. Notification of acceptance will be given no later than January 15,
2012. Accepted articles (5000–7000 words) must be submitted in full by March 15 2010,
and will be considered for publication in a planned special issue of Sport in Society, or in
Scandinavian Sport Studies Forum.

During the conference there will be an international intensive PhD-course
in relation to the scientific status and character of sport science, “Sport
Science and Scientific Quality, Position and Relevance”

For further information, please contact Bo Carlsson, Malmö University

CONFERENCE: The Olympic Games Meeting New Global Changes

The Olympic Games: Meeting New Global Challenges

Venue: Oxford University Club, 11 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3SZ
Date: 13th and 14th August, 2012 Registration: FREE

About the Conference

The conference will take place a day after the conclusion of
the London Olympic Games and will seek to analyse the salient
features of the Games, its legacy in the short term, the historical
and contemporary links between Olympism and issues of Real
politik, the efforts of the Olympic movement to promote peaceful
coexistence and intercultural understanding and the relevance
of the Olympic movement in an age of hyper commercialism
and mass media dominance. It will seek to analyse the
discrepancies between rhetoric and reality, and between
theory and practice, and seek answers to the questions
being levelled at the Olympic movement in recent times
with regards to its continuing relevance.

Conference Themes

Olympism and Real politik, the immediate legacy of London 2012,
high performance sport and issues of doping, commercialism and
the Games, 24/7 media and the Olympic movement.

Confirmed Speakers

Professor Bruce Kidd, Faculty of Physical Education and Health,
University of Toronto
John J MacAloon, Professor of Anthropology, University of Chicago
Anthony Edgar, Head of Media, International Olympic Committee

Plenary panellists

Professors John Hughson, Vassil Girginov, Beatriz Garcia,
Joe Maguire, Boria Majumdar and Jean Loup Chappelet


Professors Brian Stoddart, Mike Weed, David Hassan, John
Hughson, Gavin Poynter, Chris Hallinan and others. The conference
will conclude with a round table discussion on how best to analyse
mega events and how important is it to get backstage in trying to
analyse sports apex bodies like the IOC. It will aim to discuss issues
of conflict of interest, what constitutes intellectual censorship
and issues of intellectual freedom. For registration, please
e-mail Zita Balogh, Marketing Manager, Routledge Journals,

Conference Convenor

Boria Majumdar, D.Phil. University of Oxford
Senior Research Fellow, University of Central Lancashire
Executive Editor, Sport in Society (Routledge)

Conference Supporters

Sport in Society Routledge, Taylor & Francis;
University of Central Lancashire; Oxford University Club.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

CFP: 8th Sports in Africa Conference

The Institute of the African Child and the Center for Sports Administration


8th Sports in Africa Conference
Sports and Community Building in Africa and the Global South

The 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics in Brazil , and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar confirm the global reach of elite sports and the increased participation of Africa and the Global South. Does this trend denote fuller integration of the Global South into a world system of sports where each community thrives? Or does it indicate a gradual transformation of traditional approaches to community building and a changing definition of community itself? Building on a debate that started at the Sports in Africa Symposium at Ohio University in 2002, this conference seeks to understand and discuss the effects of mega-events and global marketing on local sports. To what degree are communities integrated into global sport and what kinds of loyalty do mega events generate locally? What roles do/can sports play in local communities in Africa and the Global South in the face of transnational sports economies? Can sports become a site for communities to reaffirm their own particularity, create new forms of solidarity and reinvent themselves? The 2012 conference encourages presentations on themes such as:

Sport and community health
International sponsors and the nature of local sports
Elite versus community sport: Which way forward?
Sports and education
Sports and wellness in local communities
Global sports in the workplace
Sport and community building
Globalization: How can local sports survive?
Sports and rural communities
Sports in the city: New challenges, new communities
Financing local sports
Impact of mega events on the environment
Mega-events, urban landscape and architecture
Media and Imagined Communities
Sport and culture
Although we encourage the submission of papers that focus on community sports, conference organizers are also open to the submission of papers that deal with other aspects of sports in Africa and the Global South, as well as comparative studies. The conference intends to be intellectually engaging and a source of inspiration and networking for future scholarly and practical endeavors.

Submission Guidelines
Presentation Sessions (20 minutes)

Authors must submit a cover page, including the title of the paper, the name(s) of the author(s), and the author(s)' affiliation(s), if applicable; and an abstract of the paper. The abstract may be no longer than 350 words and should not contain the name(s) of the author(s) or reference(s) that would identify the author(s). All submissions should conform to Endnote style guidelines. Each submission should be made as a separate email attachment, using the .doc format from Microsoft Word or .txt format. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

Online submission:

The deadline for presentation abstract submissions is March 4, 2012.

IMPORTANT: Selected papers will be considered for publication in Impumelelo:The Interdisciplinary Electronic Journal of African Sports

Gerard A. Akindes

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

JOB: Head, Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism


Head, Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism
College of Applied Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites
nominations and applications for the position of Head of the Department of Recreation, Sport and
Tourism. The position will be filled by a reputable scholar who will serve as the department's
advocate to fulfill and advance the missions of the department, college, and university, and is
responsible for fostering faculty excellence in research, teaching, service, and the pursuit of
grants or contracts.

The Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism, recognized for its interdisciplinary approach
and leadership in recreation, sport, and tourism scholarship and education, offers bachelors,
masters and doctoral degrees. The department is strongly committed to the professions related to
recreation, sport and tourism, and to scholarship and research that advances practice. Currently 13
full-time faculty serve approximately 330 undergraduates, 35 masters students, 30 PhD students,
and more than 90 students in an online masters’ degree program. The current operating budget for
the unit exceeds $1,800,000.

The Department is one of three academic units of a vibrant college that includes the Departments
of Kinesiology and Community Health, Speech and Hearing Science, and also includes the
Center on Health, Aging, and Disability, and the Division of Disability Resources and
Educational Services. The Department houses several active research labs including the Diversity
Research Lab; Leisure, Health and Wellness Lab; Park Planning and Policy Lab; Tourism and
Sport Lab; and the outreach-based Office of Recreation and Park Resources (ORPR).

The Department is on the flagship campus of the University of Illinois with an enrollment of
42,000 students. The University Library has one of the largest collections of any university in the
country with over 12 million volumes. Research expenditures for the University have been more
than one-half billion dollars over the past few years. Consistently in the top tier of various
national and international rankings of universities, the University recently ranked in the top-
fifteen public universities in the nation.

Qualifications: A doctoral degree in recreation, sport and/or tourism or related field is required.
The successful candidate must have a distinguished record of scholarly and professional
achievement that will qualify them to be appointed with tenure at the Full Professor rank. The
candidate shall be committed to interdisciplinary aspects of recreation, sport and tourism. The
candidate must be effective in articulating and promoting the department to student, professional,
college, general public, and other campus constituents. Experience in academic administration
and budgeting is preferred.

Responsibilities: The Head reports to the Dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences and is
responsible for administration of academic programs (including curriculum), governance, faculty
recruitment, planning, and financial affairs in collaboration with departmental faculty subject to
College and University policies. The Head of the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism
will be a full-time, nine month position with a summer stipend and is expected to offer courses
and maintain an active research program at approximately 25% of the usual faculty load.
Participation in development and fund-raising efforts is also expected.

Salary: The salary is competitive and based on qualifications; the start date is negotiable.

Closing date: For full consideration an application must be received by January 9,
2012. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Application procedure: Please create your candidate profile at and
upload a letter of intent, complete curriculum vitae, a statement of leadership philosophy and
vision as it relates to faculty research, teaching, and governance, and the names, telephone
numbers, and addresses of three references by the closing date. All requested information must
be submitted for your application to be considered. For more information about the position,
applicants may contact:

William Stewart, Ph.D., Chair
RST Head Search Committee
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
College of Applied Health Sciences
110 Huff Hall
1206 S. Fourth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 244-4532

Further information about the College and Department may be found at and

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The
administration, faculty, and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attract qualified
candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

POSITION: NASSS Conference Director

Position Announcement: NASSS Conference Director

Deadline for applications: October 28, 2011.

Application process: Please send a letter of interest via email to Dr. Geneviève Rail, NASSS President, Your letter should describe your interest in and qualifications for the position, your experience with NASSS, and your vision for this position.

Start Date: November 2011.

End Date: November 2014.

The Conference Director oversees the annual conference, working with the Conference Locator, Local Site Host, Program Chair, and other constituencies to ensure it is of the highest quality for the organization. In particular, the Conference Director in cooperation with the Conference Steering Committee and Program Chair, develops a workable budget in consultation with the Treasurer, sends regular conference bulletins to the NASSS membership/conference attendees in the run up to the meeting, oversees registration, arranges the book exhibit, receptions, and sponsored events, and works collaboratively with local hosts and the program chair on the publication of the conference program. The NASSS Conference Director appoints and chairs the Conference Steering Committee and is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of NASSS.

When available, the Conference Director will receive a complimentary room at the annual conference. If you would like further details about the position, please contact Dr. Samantha King, NASSS Conference Director,

Monday, October 03, 2011


ESMQ 2013 Special Issue


Guest editors:
Berit Skirstad (Norwegian School for Sport Sciences,
Vassil Girginov (Brunel University,
Alison Doherty (University of Western Ontario,

Volunteering and sport volunteering in particular has been gaining prominence in political and academic circles, and has increasingly been framed as part of active citizenship. Volunteering has been recognized by both various national governments and international bodies and calls have been made to promote it. Volunteers represent the backbone of the modern sport systems in many societies around the world. Nonetheless, volunteers remain overstretched, underfunded, and untrained for an ever-demanding and expanding sport system. The growing tension between the lack of support for volunteers and expectations for better governance of sport raise a number of conceptual and practical issues that deserve systematic investigation.

The purpose of this special issue is to bring together knowledge of new perspectives on sport volunteerism that is connected to various levels of sport, from the community to international engagement, and sport volunteerism that is connected to events of all types, from local football matches of children to the Olympic Games. Authors are invited to submit articles that extend our understanding of volunteerism. For example, what are the underlying philosophical dimensions of volunteerism? What social, political and economic functions does volunteering perform? Who are the volunteers, what do they do as sport volunteers, and why? What are the personal benefits and costs of volunteering in sport, and what is the likelihood volunteers will continue to be involved? How can the power of the new social media be harnessed to shape volunteering discourses and to enhance the recruitment and training of volunteers? Further, we need knowledge about how volunteers are used, and for what event and organizational purposes.

Conceptual, empirical, and applied studies on sport volunteerism are welcome.

The list of themes and topics below is indicative and should not be seen as complete and exclusive of other topics:

 New theoretical perspectives on sport volunteerism
 New/alternative research methods for examining sport volunteerism
 Knowledge transfer of sport volunteer research
 Sport volunteering and social, human and political capital
 Sport volunteering in the broader social, ideological and political agenda
 Corporate volunteering in sport
 Volunteer training and development
 Volunteer-staff relations

Because all articles will be on volunteerism it is preferable that the literature review of each
paper focuses only on the research relevant to its specific topic, so we avoid repetition. The focus
of the issue is on new perspectives, and thus manuscripts should clearly delineate how the work
presented is new to the field and the contribution it makes. Manuscripts must conform to ESMQ
guidelines ( Articles must be submitted in English and follow the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological
Association (6th edition). The abstract should not exceed 150 words and the paper should not
exceed 30 pages in length (excluding references).

Special Issue Timelines

March 1st, 2012 – the strict deadline for submissions of manuscripts by email to each of
the three Guest editors:;; and not to the manuscript central.

May 15th 2012 – return reviewers’ comments to authors

August 15th 2012 – deadline for authors’ response to reviewers and to submit revised
manuscript, and if necessary followed by a second round of review and final editing

November 1st 2012 – editors’ submission of accepted manuscripts to the publisher

February 2013 – publication of special issue as European Sport Management Quarterly

CFP: College Sport Research Institute Conference

2012 CSRI Conference on College Sport

April 19-21, 2012

William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

Call for Papers

The College Sport Research Institute welcomes the submission of abstracts for its 5th annual CSRI Conference on College Sport to be held on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. The conference’s mission is to: “Provide students, scholars, and
college-sport practitioners a public forum to discuss relevant and timely intercollegiate-athletics


To be considered for acceptance, abstracts must reflect college-sport research on the history of
intercollegiate athletics, social-cultural college-sport issues, legal theory or the application of law
to college-sport issues, business-related issues in college sport, or special topics related to current college-sport issues. The research should have reached a fairly complete stage of
development, and the abstract should provide enough detail about the research, so the
reviewers have sufficient information to judge its quality. Abstracts proposing teaching-related
sessions on college-sport issues will also be considered, as long as the abstract provides sufficient
detail to judge the quality of the proposed session.

Abstracts will undergo a multi-person, blind-review process to determine acceptance.

Abstracts submitted to CSRI should not be concurrently submitted for consideration to another


Abstracts should NOT be submitted prior to Monday, October 17, 2011 and MUST
be received no later than Friday, January 20, 2012 (11:59p.m. EST). Submissions
received after this date and time will not be considered for acceptance.


All abstracts MUST be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word attachment and must contain the following information and conform to the following format requirements:
Single-spaced One-inch margins, Times New Roman 12-point font, and 400-word maximum for 30-minute presentations and posters, and 800-word maximum for 65-minute presentations.


Line 1: Type of session desired (choose from the options below):
30-minute oral presentation (including questions)
65-minute teaching symposium, roundtable, or workshop
65-minute forum (2-3 papers with a discussant, including questions)
Poster presentation

Line 2: three to four keywords that will help the program coordinator schedule similar
topics in succession

Line 3: author(s) and institution(s) names (centered on page)

Line 4: presentation title (centered on page)

Line 5: blank

Line 6 to end: text of abstract (including demonstration of research conducted)

In the email message accompanying the attached abstract, include the principal author’s name,
postal mailing address, email address, and fax and telephone numbers.

Submission of abstract(s) indicates the intent of the presenter(s) to register for the conference
at the appropriate registration fee.

Email all abstracts to:

(Graduate Research Coordinator – College Sport Research Institute) at

NOTE: All abstracts MUST be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word attachment

For more information regarding the conference:
919.843-9627 / 919.962-3507