Tuesday, June 25, 2013

CFP: Youth Fooball Culture - Soccer and Society

Soccer and Society Special Issue on Youth Football Culture

Provisionally titled 'The Forgotten Game: Perspectives on Youth Football Culture' the purpose of the Special Issue is to examine the broad social, political and cultural processes associated with youth and junior football at sub-elite level. Whilst football receives significant academic attention, the existing body of knowledge is dominated overwhelmingly by a rather one-sided and, in many respects, misleading, focus on the elite level of the game, including the experiences of fans, players, owners and decision-makers.  Indeed, several recent publications purporting to explore football in its entirety are limited to elite aspects of football. Given youth and junior football is arguably one of the most popular participatory sports globally, the dearth of theoretically- and empirically-informed research on youth football culture is particularly surprising. Indeed, in many countries around the world, children often first play the game informally before participating in organised football at school and in junior clubs, and adults (typically parents) undertake a variety of roles in organising, coaching and managing youth football, usually on a voluntary basis which sustains its development. Very little is known, however, about the  experiences and motivations of those involved in youth football. International in scope, this Special Issue of Soccer and Society addresses this lacuna and will make an original contribution to knowledge by including contributions from academics and practitioners whose work examines the rich and diverse range of activity characteristic of youth football culture. Authors are encouraged to submit papers that are theory-driven, empirically-based, or position papers written from the full range of perspectives in the social sciences (e.g. sociology, political science, policy analysis, cultural studies, anthropology, management and organisation, etc) on topics such as, but not limited to, the following:

Schools football
Grassroots / junior club football
Disability football and vulnerable young people
Youth football, talent identification and the elite game
Coaches in youth football
The relationship between youth football and international development
The relationship between youth football and education
Welfare and Child Protection in youth football
Officiating and spectating in youth football
The family and youth football

Informal enquiries and abstracts of no more than 300 words outlining the potential focus, methods, theoretical framework and findings should be sent to the Guest Editor, Jimmy O'Gorman, by e-mail (Ogormanj@edgehill.ac.uk) by no later than July 19th 2013 for consideration for inclusion in the special issue.

Monday, June 24, 2013

CFP: Sport studies, research and development in the Caribbean

The University of the West Indies
Sport and Physical Education Centre
In collaboration with First Citizens Sports Foundation

January 15-18, 2014

Globally, the last 25 years have witnessed a tremendous upsurge in the study of sport and its institutionalization as part of the system of higher education. This upsurge has been attributed to several major processes that include commercialization, professionalization, scientization and globalization which have been combined with the increasing use of sport as an element of public policy to deal with problems relating to health, violence, crime and social inclusion. While the pace and extent of these changes have varied across the world, within the Commonwealth Caribbean several degree, diploma and certificate programmes in the fields of sport management, coaching, sport medicine and sport tourism have been established at tertiary level education institutions over the last 15 years. Despite these developments, there remains a significant void with respect to a body of Caribbean oriented sport research and scholarship which connects to both the development of sport and the use of sport for development. In order to help fill this void as well as rationalize existing local initiatives in higher education, the University of the West Indies, in collaboration with the First Citizens Sports Foundation, will host its first conference on Sport and Higher Education from January 15 to 18 2014. We hereby invite the submission of abstracts as well as poster sessions for consideration to be presented at this conference. Papers should be substantive and may be either qualitative or quantitative or both and should focus on one of the following areas:

  • The Sociology of Sport
  • Academic Sport Programmes in the Caribbean 
  • Sport Management (funding, marketing, sponsorship, sport law, facility management)
  • Sport Tourism
  • Sport policy (elite vs. mass sport, formulation, implementation, evaluation)
  • Governance in sport
  • Sport and Gender
  • Sport for development
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sport Science (injury, nutrition, physiotherapy, sports medicine, biomechanics)
  • Student-athletes
  • Coaching

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted to the Conference Programme
Committee at sportstudiesconference@sta.uwi.edu by September 15, 2013. Submissions should
include the author’s name/s, affiliated institution and contact details. Authors will receive
notification of acceptance by September 30, 2013

JOB: International Sport Management Adjunct - Drexel University

International Sport Management Adjunct

The Sport Management program in the Goodwin College of Professional Studies at Drexel University seeks an outstanding adjunct faculty to teach courses in globalization of sport/international aspects of sport, and Olympic Games in an on campus and/or online format. Onsite teaching will take place at Drexel University’s main campus in Philadelphia, PA. Position is available for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Candidate must have a master’s degree in sport management, MBA, or closely related field; doctoral degree in the industry is preferred.

Additional desired characteristics and experience include:  
·         Experience teaching undergraduate and graduate level students
·         Experience and knowledge using web based learning technologies
·         Relevant industry experience

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and CV to: Laila Bey adjuncts@drexel.edu. Please put SMT in the subject line.

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Goodwin College of Professional Studies is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

JOB: Sport and Leisure Cultures - University of Brighton

Position of Professor in Sport and Leisure Cultures at the University of Brighton.

The predominant purpose of this role is to contribute to the further development of the research culture in the school and the university including personal research and the leadership and development of others. The school has created a dynamic, flexible, interdisciplinary research environment and this post is expected to reflect and enhance that creative diversity.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 4 July 2013

The selection process for this post will take place on Friday 19 July 2013

Details of existing research activity, staff, facilities and output can be seen on our School website http://www.brighton.ac.uk/sasm/research/themes-and-groups/center-for-sports-research/sport-and-leisure-cultures/
Informal discussion or visit is welcomed and candidates are invited to contact Professor Jonathan Doust Head of School, Jo Doust (J.H.Doust@brighton.ac.uk) or Dr. Belinda Wheaton (B.wheaton@Brighton.ac.uk).

Job specification at: http://www.brighton.ac.uk/humanresources/recruitment/EV3088.pdf

PHD ScholaRSHIP: University of Copenhagen

Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship from august 2013

Project description:
This PhD project is part of the research in the Copenhagen Women Study funded by the University of Copenhagen 2016 initiative. The overall aim of this study is to investigate the effects of life style changes in form of physical activity interventions in various groups of women.

Please read more and aply online http://www.offentlige-stillinger.dk/sites/cfml/kbhuni/kbhuniVis.cfm?plugin=1&englishJobs=NO&nJobNo=214691&nLangNo=1

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

JOB: Sport (Social Sciences) - University of Bath (UK)

Teaching Fellow in Sport (Social Sciences) (fixed-term post)

Salary:   Starting from £30,424, rising to £36,298
Closing Date:   Sunday 30 June 2013
Interview Date:   Thursday 25 July 2013
Reference:  CC1733
We are looking for a Teaching Fellow to contribute to the teaching and development of academic programmes at undergraduate level within the Department of Education. In particular, the Department wishes to appoint a Teaching Fellow who will contribute to the interdisciplinary social sciences of sport taught programmes.

While we welcome applications from any area of expertise in the socio-cultural aspects of sport/physical culture, we are particularly interested in applicants with strengths in: the sociology of sport, sport and cultural studies, sport policy, physical education/sport pedagogy, sport (and international) development, sport management, and research design. The appointee would deliver units across the BA Sport & Social Sciences programme and the Foundation degree and BSc degrees in Sports Performance.

This is a fixed term post from 1 September 2013 until 31 July 2014.

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Dr Mike Silk (01225 384042 or m.silk@bath.ac.uk)

Further details:
Job Description & Person Specification
Background Information
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