NASSS Committees

The descriptions are abbreviated. Detailed information is available online in the bylaws and in the  policies and procedures manual . In selecting committee members, each chair seeks to seat a committee that reflects the diversity of NASSS membership, paying attention to numerous factors, such as: subject of expertise, methodological and paradigmatic approach, nationality, race/ethnicity, gender, and organizational seniority.

2021 committees will be formed and posted by late spring/early summer 2021.

Information  about the Sociology of Sport Journal (SSJ) editorial board can be found here.

Organizational Committees

Conference Program Committee

The Conference Program Committee & Chair generates program session topics, approaches individuals about organizing sessions, works toward finalizing a list of keynotes to be approached, and finalizes the general overview for the conference (number of paper sessions, panels, author-meets-critics).

Chair: Rob Lake, Douglas College, President-Elect

Dan Burdsey - University of Brighton
Beth Cavalier - Georgia Gwinnett College
Chris Knoester - Ohio State University
Mitch McSweeney - York University
Alan Klein - Northeastern University
Jennifer Sterling - University of Iowa
Shawn Edmonds - Augustana College
Teresa Fowler - Concordia University of Edmonton
Saidur Rahman - University of Toronto
Konadu Gyamfi - University of Georgia

Because the 2021 Conference will take place in April 2022, volunteers for the 2021 committee will serve April 2021 through the conference in April 2022


Finance Committee

Chair: Michael Friedman, Treasurer,

This three-person committee shall aid in the construction of a proposed budget in co-operation with the Treasurer, evaluate all existing fiscal policies of the Society, recommend changes to the Board of Directors, and appoint an auditor and report the results to the Board of Directors.


Diversity & Conference Climate Committee


The Diversity and Conference Climate Committee will coordinate with the NASSS Board of Directors to ensure diverse membership and conference programming, to enhance the intellectual vibrancy of the organization and conference program, and to schedule activities that facilitate a positive conference climate for all attendees. This committee also solicits, judges, and selects the Graduate Diversity Scholarship Award. The purpose of the scholarship is to create a mechanism to identify racial and/or ethnic "minority" graduate students who are doing research in the area of sport sociology and to provide a means of supporting their work and association with NASSS. The DCCC judges applications for this award between mid July and September.

Chair: F. Michelle Richardson, Coppin State University


Elections (Nominations) Committee


Each JANUARY the Committee on Elections shall canvass the membership and the Board of Directors for nomination suggestions and shall then prepare, after having secured the permission of each nominee, a slate of nomination for the election of officers. The slate shall contain at least two candidates for each office. The committee chair works closely with the Web committee chair to conduct electronic voting and to record and report the election outcome.

Chair: Callie Maddox, University of Miami Ohio,


Rachel Allison, Mississippi State University
Jessica Chin, San Jose State University (past chair)
Marty Clark, Mount Royal University
Caitlin Vitosky Clarke, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jesse Couture, University of British Columbia
jay johnson, University of Manitoba
Mustafa Karacam, Queen's University
Steve Marston, Trinity College
Matthew Masucci, San Jose State University
Eileen Narcotta-Welp, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Heather Van Mullem, Lewis-Clark State College

Web and Communications Committee

Chair: Jen McGovern, Monmouth University, Webmaster

Teresa Fowler, Concordia University of Edmonton, Conference Social Media Link
Katie Shea, Fisher College, Instagram Representative
Katja Sonkeng, University of Georgia, Facebook Representative
Dote Williams, University of Houston, Twitter Representative

Conference Steering Committee

Chair and Conference Director:  Charles Crowley, Olivet College,
Co-Conference Locators: Robert Case, Old Dominion University & F. Michelle Richardson, The Citadel



Awards Committees

NASSS Outstanding Book Award

This committee of no less than three members shall review books published in the year previous to the award year, and shall select a winner to be announced at the Annual meeting of the membership. Books are typically divided for review according to primary and secondary reviewers. By September (or early October at the latest), committee members submit their reviews for all books to the Chair. Books are typically evaluated on the basis of the following criteria: originality, methodological adequacy, theoretical significance, and contribution to social science. Members of the committee are asked to provide a numerical rating as well as qualitative analysis for each criterion. Click here to see a list of past winners.

Chair: Jason Laurendeau, University of Lethbridge,


Alex Chisholm - University of Georgia
Heather Van Mullem - Lewis-Clark State College
Janelle Joseph - University of Toronto
Jessica Chin - San Jose State University
Jessica Siegele - UNC at Pembroke

Sociology of Sport Journal (SSJ) Outstanding Article Award

This no-less-than-three-person committee shall review all SSJ articles in the year prior to the award year, and select a winner, to be announced at the next Annual meeting of the membership. The procedures follow those of other committees and include: a) committee formation; b) eligibility; c) review process; d) making the award; and e) wrap up. Click here to see a list of past award winners.

Chair: Judy Liao , University of Alberta,


DeAnne Brooks, University of North Carolina Greensboro
Yeomi Choi, Korea National Sport University
Dafna Kaufman, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Yuka Nakamura, York University
Moss Norman, University of British Columbia

Barbara Brown Outstanding Student Paper Award

Student Paper Award Committee will consist of no less than three members and shall review all eligible papers submitted for consideration. One award may be given to a master level student and one to a doctoral student. The name(s) of the winner(s) will be announced at the Annual meeting of the membership. All committee members must read all of the papers. An Evaluation Sheet will be provided by the Chair to assess each paper. All student authors will be provided qualitative feedback from the reviewers. Evaluation should be completed by late September or early October. Click here to see a list of past winners.

Chair: Guy Harrison, Youngstown State,


Samuel Clevenger, Towson State University
Jorge Moraga, California State University, Bakersfield
Eileen Narcotta-Welp, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Caitlin Vitosky Clarke, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Service Excellence Award

Chair: Jeff Montez de Oca, Past-President,


Victoria Paraschak, Windsor University
Kristi Allain, St. Thomas University

The Service Excellence Award Committee consists the chair (Past President) and three current NASSS members. Committee members shall have been NASSS members for at least ten years. Procedures include: a) committee formation; b) eligibility; c) criteria for what is deemed as distinguished; d) call for nominations; e) review process; f) making the award; and g) wrap up.

Click here to see a list of recipients.

SSJ Early Career Researcher Award


Sponsored by Human Kinetics, the "SSJ Early Career Researcher Award” is awarded to an early career NASSS member "in recognition of significant scholarly contributions to the sociology of sport field." The winner of the award will receive U.S.$1,000 and be recognized at the 2015 NASSS business meeting/awards.

Chair: Cheryl Cooky, Editor SSJ


Joseph Cooper, University of Massachusetts-Boston
Audrey Giles, University of Ottawa
Jeff Montez de Oca, University of Colorado- Colorado Springs

Research Fellows Committee

Chair: Algerian Hart, President,


Cheryl Cooky (Purdue University)
Joseph Cooper (University of Massachusetts, Boston)
Charles Crowley (Livingstone College)
Akilah Carter-Francique (San Jose State University)
Courtney Flowers (Texas Southern University)
Rob Lake (Douglas College)
Jen McGovern (Monmouth University)
Jeffrey Montez de Oca (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)
Amanda Schweinbenz (Laurentian University)

Special Committees

These committees have been charged with exploring particular issues for the upcoming business year.

Political Advocacy Committee

Stanley Thangaraj (co-chair), City College of New York
Faye Linda Wachs (co-chair), California State University, Pomona
Jeffrey Montez de Oca, University of Colorado Colorado Springs