Friday, January 24, 2014

CFP: The 3rd Annual Rockford University Sports Studies Symposium

Sports Studies Symposium 2014
Call for Abstracts
The 3rd Annual Rockford University Sports Studies Symposium

Date: April 25, 2014

Rockford University
5050 E. State. St.
Rockford, IL 61108

The focus of this year’s symposium is “Defining Sport.” How should scholars of sport approaching defining sport? Is there a consistent definition or approach to defining sport? Is there a difference between defining a sport, the sport, sport, or sports?

We invite cross-disciplinary papers on the different discussions surrounding the term “sport” and its many iterations. We seek to explore how the concept itself, broadly construed, is being employed, understood, challenged, and used in the many different disciplines that study sport. Papers focusing on related concepts, like competition, games, or play, are welcomed as well.

There will be multiple panels. The focus of each panel will depend, in part, on the accepted abstracts. Each presenter will have 20 minutes for his or her presentation. There will also be time for Q&A.

Abstract Submission:
Abstract should be 300-500 words. Send via email (as PDF) to

Deadline: 1/24/2014 (and rolling after that date)
Notification of Acceptance: 2/7/2014

If you have any questions, please contact Shawn Klein: or Michael Perry:

CONFERENCE: Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise 2014 International Conference

Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise 2014 International Conference
1st-3rd September
Loughborough University
Conference Theme: Turning point moments in the field

This conference is dedicated to promoting cutting edge empirical inquiry, advancements in qualitative methods, and debates about methodology, theory, representation, criteria, ethics, and practice. We welcome qualitative researchers from all the social scientific areas of sport and exercise to share and critically discuss their experiences of conducting qualitative inquiry.

Call for abstracts open shortly as will further details.
Confirmed keynotes include:

Professor Michael Atkinson, Professor Mark Anderson and Dr. Jayne Caudwell

NEW BOOK: Sports in Higher education: Issues and Controversies in College Athletics

Sports in Higher Education
Issues and Controversies in College Athletics (First Edition)
Edited by Gary Sailes

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60927-486-3, 262 pages ©2013

Sports in Higher Education: Issues and Controversies provides students with a comprehensive foundation in the study of college sports. While college sports scandals have dominated the news recently, these scandals are offset by fan interest, increasing revenue streams, extensive television coverage, and alumni interest and support. This text informs readers about college sports as a critical aspect of the university education system, with material written by experts in their respective areas in Sport Management and the Sociology of Sport.

The nine chapters of the book address issues such as the history and governance of college sports; the student athlete experience; gender; deviance; race and ethnicity; and coaching, administration, and reform. Each of the author-contributors is a member of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, and they write with passion and eloquence on topics such as Crime, Deviance, and Violence in Intercollegiate Athletics and College Sport Reform: Deja Vu All over Again & Again. The goal of the material is not only to inform and educate, but to stimulate dialogue about college sports, and move understanding of this topic beyond box scores and championships, to encompass ethics, philosophy, sociology, and the education of the student-athlete as a whole person.

Sports in Higher Education: Issues and Controversies is the first comprehensive textbook of its kind, and is ideal for classes on American college sports at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Adopting professors will receive a sample course syllabus, PowerPoint lectures notes, and sample test questions.

Gary SailesGary Sailes, Ph.D. is an award-winning Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University. He is the author of six books and more than 100 articles and book chapters, and has appeared on national and international television with NBC, CBS, ESPN, BBC, CSPAN, the Tennis Channel, and various cable networks. Dr. Sailes has also served as an educational consultant on several books and award-winning sports documentaries.

Dr. Sailes' work on race and sport has led to invitations to speak nationally and internationally. He has addressed two congressional hearings and appeared before the International Olympic Conference in Tokyo, Japan; the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport; NCAA conferences; and dozens of coaching conferences, including the NIKE All-American Basketball Camp. As a consultant to the commercial sports industry, Dr. Sailes works with elite high-school, collegiate, professional, and Olympic athletes, coaches, and teams. His work focuses on performance enhancement, life skills, and professional development. He received the 2011 Distinguished Service Award from the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport.

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JOB: Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor - Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington

Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor, Sport Management

The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington has an opening for a Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor in the sport management program within the Department of Kinesiology. The successful candidate will have a PhD in sport management or a related field by the commencement of the appointment; demonstrated or promise of teaching excellence in sport management; evidence of or promise in programmatic and professional involvement; and a strong commitment to pursuing service-related funding opportunities. The salary is commensurate with qualifications.

The appointment is available beginning the Fall semester, 2014. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at: Questions regarding the position can be directed to: Dr. Paul M. Pedersen at Questions regarding the application process can be directed to: Kristi Wasson at or submitted via postal mail at Sport Management Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor Search and Screen Committee, c/o Dr. Paul M. Pedersen, School of Public Health-Bloomington, Indiana University, 1025 East 7th St., SPH 179, Bloomington, IN 47405-4801. Applications should include: a letter of application summarizing qualifications (including a listing of courses the candidate would be interested in teaching and examples of the types of potential service grant opportunities the candidate might pursue if hired), a curriculum vitae, and contact information of three references. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2014 and continue until position is filled.

Indiana University is an Equal Employment Affirmative Action Employer committed to excellence through diversity.

Monday, January 13, 2014

CFP: Passing the Ball: Race and Sports Conference

Passing the Ball: Race and Sports Conference is an annual event that aims to improve the sports industry and the areas of American life it affects by critically examining and discussing the major issues that surround the intersections of race and sport; educating attendees on the prevalent racial problems that exist in the sporting industries; and developing ways to eliminate racial discrimination and enhance racial equality in sports.  The conference is multidisciplinary by working with various disciplines and practitioners to address racial issues in sports. This forum is for anyone who shares an interest in—and concern for— the cultural, economic and social issues present at the intersection of race and sports.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Sports Activism.” We welcome proposals for papers including and related to the following topics:
a. Sports, Social Activism, and Racial Equality: Past, Present, and Future b. Sports Activists Reflections and c. Athlete Feminism/Womanism (sports activism for Black/Brown women’s rights including Patriarchy and violence in sports culture d. Sports as “weapons of mass distraction” (sports impact on political
e. Decolonialization and Sports
f. Sports Activism in High School and College Athletics (including Labor/Compensation for College Athletes) g. The Sports to Prison Pipeline

Paper proposals must have the following components:
1. Title of Proposal
2. Abstract: A concise description of the purpose, methods, and implications of your scholarly work. Maximum 250 words.
3. Keywords: provide keywords that clearly describe the main idea of your work. Maximum 5 keywords.
4. Biographical Information: organization or institution, position or title within the organization/institution, short statement of interests.
5. Language: Please note that all proposals and presentations must be in English.

Submission deadline: Proposals must be submitted to passingtheball@gmail.comwith the subject line “Call for Papers” no later than 12:00PM Friday, February 15, 2014.

The 2014 conference will be held at Temple University on April 11-12, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is hosted by Race and Sports scholar, Drew Brown, in conjunction with The Department of African American Studies and consists of panel discussions, book signings, and an awards ceremony.

For more information, visit the conference website,

CFP: 7th Annual KNES Physical Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference - University of Maryland

Call For Abstracts: The 7th Annual Physical Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference:
“Epistemological Chasms: Seeking Methods for a Socially (In)Just World”

Friday April 25th, 2014
Physical Cultural Studies (PCS) – housed within the Department of Kinesiology in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland – is hosting their 7th Annual Graduate Conference on Friday April 25th, 2014 on the College Park campus in the School of Public Health. This one-day conference will consist of a series of student presentations commenced with a keynote by PCS alumnus Dr. Callie Batts Maddox. Dr. Maddox’s research focuses upon sport and physical culture within contemporary India as expressions of the intersection between lingering colonial practices and postcolonial globalization.
This year, the conference will be organized around the theme, “Epistemological Chasms: Seeking Methods for a Socially (In)Just World.” Through this theme, we aim to promote discussion on the role and presence of researchers and academic research within systems of power and inequality. Recognizing within academic institutions increasing calls for interdisciplinarity and interventions, we consider how the multiple, and at times divergent, ontological, epistemological, and methodological foundations of research may (or may not) be mobilized to address the complexity of iniquitous conditions. Do such delineations create (false) divisions? What are the relationships amongst or boundaries between research, activism, and public intellectualism? We invite papers that reflect upon these and other relevant questions, especially that research and those researchers working in dialogue with an empirical basis. 
Specifically, we invite presentations oriented around, but not limited to, the following questions:
  • What is social change and what type of research can help effect such change?
  • How can researchers work across ontological, epistemological, and methodological divides in order to answer
    complex research questions?
  • What are the boundaries between research, activism, and public intellectualism?
  • What are the boundaries between art and research?
  • What is the role of reflexivity?
  • In what ways should the scholar place him/herself in the research project?
    The conference aims to promote an inter- and trans-disciplinary dialogue, and as such is a space for work that develops from within or across multiple academic disciplines. We welcome all submissions from a multitude of disciplines on a multitude of related topics, but encourage submissions interrogating physical cultural practices.
    The submission deadline is February 1st, 2014
    Please e-mail abstracts (350 word limit) to umdpcs@gmail.comWithin your email, include as an attachment (in .doc or .pdf format) the following: Paper Title, Abstract, Keywords, Author(s) contact information, and institutional affiliation(s).
    For more information about PCS please visit; for questions please contact PCS Graduate Conference Committee at 

JOB: TIER II Canada Research Chair - University of British Columbia


TIER II Canada Research Chair

Physical Activity and Health
Physical activity is a major determinant of physical and mental health. The School of Kinesiology, at The University of British Columbia, is uniquely positioned to study the role of physical activity in health and disease across the lifespan, and across sub-disciplines and in diverse populations. We invite applications for a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Health within the School of Kinesiology at The University of British Columbia.

The Canadian Research Chairs Program ( was established by the Canadian Federal Government to attract outstanding researchers to the Canadian university system and we are seeking an exceptional scholar for this position. The Tier II Chair is for emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. Tier II Chairs are tenable for five years and are renewable for a further five years upon review by national and international peers. To be eligible, candidates must have completed a doctoral degree within the last 10 years. The successful applicant will be nominated by the University for a Canada Research Chair and, as stated in the Terms of Reference (, the
nomination is subject to review by the CRC Secretariat. Upon approval of the Chair by the CRC Secretariat, the successful applicant will be offered a tenure-track appointment in the university, at the rank of either Assistant or Associate Professor. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and carries a research supplement. The university’s benefit package is comprehensive.

The University of British Columbia is located in beautiful Vancouver, a multicultural, multilingual city ranked as one of the world’s best places to live. The university is recognized internationally as a leading research institution. The Faculty of Education (www.educ.ubc.cashares the University’s commitment to research excellence and provides a comprehensive set of programmatic offerings at the baccalaureate, magisterial and doctoral levels. Academic units include the School of Kinesiology, the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, the Department of Educational Studies, and the Department of Language and Literacy Education. The School of Kinesiology is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of outstanding researchers committed to excellence in scholarship, teaching, community engagement, and professional leadership. The School has internationally recognized scholars investigating physical activity and health through diverse approaches ranging from cellular to societal levels of analysis.

Interdisciplinary research within the school focuses on how lifestyle, environmental, social, cultural, and biological factors combine to influence cardiovascular, respiratory, muscularskeletal, neurological, psychological and community health (for further details about the School of Kinesiology and its research, please visit the School’s website at

It is expected that the successful applicant will take a prominent role within the School in leading a range of innovative research initiatives in relation to physical activity and health. Applicants are welcome from cognate areas that include, but are not limited to, psychology, epidemiology, physiology, sociology, and neuroscience. The successful appointee will hold a doctoral degree (PhD and/or MD) in a related discipline, and will be encouraged to work across the diverse research fields related to physical activity and health in both the School and, more broadly, the University.

Interested applicants are invited to send their curriculum vitae, a five year research plan, a summary of teaching interests and philosophy, and three papers that are the most significant and relevant to their research interests. Applicants are also asked to have three letters of reference sent directly to UBC (contact details below).

The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Offers will be made in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements associated with the Canada Research Chairs program. The University of British Columbia is responsive to the needs of dual career couples as an integral part of its strategy for excellence.

The position is subject to budgetary approval. Consideration of candidates will begin February 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit application materials by the date noted. The start date is subject to the announcement of the approval by the CRC Secretariat and final arrangement with the appointee.

All enquiries and applications should be directed to:

Dr. Blye Frank, Dean
Faculty of Education
University of British Columbia
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
OR via e-mail:

POSTDOC: Sport Studies at Georgia Tech

The School of History, Technology, and Society (HTS) at the Georgia Institute of Technology seeks a postdoctoral fellow in sports studies beginning August 15, 2014. Candidates for this position should have completed their doctoral studies within five years of the time of employment.

HTS is a collective of sociologists and historians offering a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees.  HTS offers an interdisciplinary program, Sports, Society and Technology (SST) which brings together sports studies, science and technology, and urban studies and incorporates faculty from areas such as architecture, biomedicine, engineering, history, information design, international affairs, literature, physiology, psychology, sociology, and urban planning. Faculty are currently working on creating an undergraduate SST minor degree.

The postdoctoral fellow will contribute to this new program by teaching coursework including “Foundations of Sports Studies,” a course that introduces undergraduates to the interdisciplinary field of sports studies, along with one additional course to be negotiated.  The successful candidate will also contribute to the administration and promotion of the program. We will consider candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds including but not limited to: sociology, history, media studies, international studies, cultural studies, sport studies and/or related fields. This is a one-year postdoctoral position, renewable for an additional year at the discretion of the HTS chair and contingent on available funding. 

Applicants for this position should email all materials, including a cover letter, current CV, and contact information for three references to Professor Mary McDonald at Please include the words “Sports Studies Postdoc” in the subject line. We will begin screening applications on March 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Salary is competitive and includes fringe benefits. 
Georgia Tech was recently voted one of the best places to work, and Atlanta is consistently ranked among the top ten places to live for young professionals. Georgia Tech is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and requires compliance with the Immigration Control Reform Act of 1986.

CFP: Sport for Social Inclusion: Critical Analyses and Future Challenges

The journal Social Inclusion will launch a special issue under the title "Sport for Social Inclusion: Critical Analyses and Future Challenges".

Professor Marc Theeboom and Dr. Reinhard Haudenhuyse will serve as the Guest Editors for this issue. Professor Marc Theeboom is Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy and Chair of the Department of Sport Policy and Management at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Dr. Reinhard Haudenhuyse is an external Research Fellow at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

Authors interested in submitting a paper for this special issue are kindly asked to consult the Instructions for Authors and Membership Requirement, and send their abstracts by email to Mr. António Vieira
( by 31 March 2014.

Here you can find all relevant information regarding this special issue:

Title: "Sport for Social Inclusion: Critical Analyses and Future Challenges"


Guest Editors:

Professor Marc Theeboom (Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy and Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)

Dr. Reinhard Haudenhuyse (Department of Sport Policy and Management, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)

Deadline for Submissions: 31 March 2014 (abstract) | 15 July 2014 (full paper)

Information: There is a general belief in the good of sports, which almost 'naturally' leads to the use of sports as an answer to a number of personal and social issues. Besides physical fitness and improved health, the proclaimed potential benefits of participation in sports are improved mental health and psychological well-being (leading to reduction of anxiety and stress), personality development (via improved self-concept, physical and global self-esteem/confidence, self-confidence and increased locus of control), socio-psychological benefits (such as empathy, integrity, tolerance, cooperation, trustworthiness and the development of social skills) and broader sociological impacts (such as increased community identity, social
coherence and integration) (e.g., Bailey et al., 2009; Coalter, 2005; Fraser-Thomas et al., 2005, Gould & Carson, 2008; Petitpas et al., 2005). However there is a growing awareness that more knowledge and
expertise is needed to raise the alleged social potential of sports. Incorporating an international and multidisciplinary perspective, the special issue aims at making a comprehensive, critical and state-of-the-art analysis of different aspects that are related to the role of sports towards a more inclusive society, including:

• Experiences and meanings attributed to sport participation from the perspectives of specific excluded groups;

• Sport coaching and guidance from a critical sociological or pedagogical perspective;

• Organisational, contextual and institutional features of inclusive sport programmes;

• Analysis of local, regional, national and transnational (e.g. EU) sport policies and how such policies contribute in social inclusionary and/or exclusionary mechanisms;

• Approaches of monitoring and evaluation of inclusive sport programmes.

The guest editors will provide an introductory chapter in which sport and social inclusion will be conceptualised and discussed.

Keywords: coaching; exclusion; pedagogy; policy; social inclusion; sport

Membership Requirement: Authors need to join Librello membership or be affiliated to an institutional member in order to submit their papers to this special issue. For further information please consult our
Membership Policy.