NASSS Committees (2016-17)

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.

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: Joshua I. Newman, President-Elect

Members:
William Bridel, University of Calgary
Kyle Bunds, North Carolina State University
Beth Cavalier, Georgia Gwinnett College
Tarlan Chahardovali, Florida State University
Cheryl Cooky, Purdue University
Melanie Dammel, Florida State University
Katelyn Esmonde, University of Maryland
Courtney Flowers, Texas Southern University
Michael Friedman, University of Maryland
C. Keith Harrison, University of Central Florida
Victoria Paraschak, University of Windsor
Allyson Quinney, Florida State University

Finance Committee

Chair: Brenda Riemer, 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.

Chair: Brenda Riemer, Eastern Michigan University
Members:
Leigh Ann Bussell, Trevecca Nazarene University
Erica Zonder, Adrian College
Emily Dane-Staples, St. John Fisher College
Ad Hoc:
Lee Vander Velden (retired)
Maureen Smith, Cal State, Sacramento

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: Algerian Hart, Western Illinois University
Members:
Emmitt Gill, The University of Texas
Erica Zonder, Eastern Michigan University
Lisa Alexander, Wayne State University
Charles Crowley, California University of PA
Courtney Flowers, Texas Southern University

Elections (Nominations) Committee

Chair: Jessica Chin

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: Jessica Chin, Cal State, San Jose
Members:
Robin Hughes, Indiana University
Jay Johnson, University of Manitoba
Anna Baeth, University of Minnesota

Web and Communications Committee

Chair: Jen McGovern, Monmouth University

Members:

Dale Sheptak, Lake Erie College
Jessee Coutre, University of British Columbia

Conference Steering Committee

Chair and Conference Director: William Bridel, University of Calgary, william.bridel@ucalgary.ca

Co-Conference Locators
Robert Case, Old Dominion University
F. Michelle Richardson, The Citadel

Members

Simon Barrick, University of Calgary
Beth Cavalier, Georgia Gwinnett College
Chen Chen, University of Alberta
Brian Menaker, Texas A&M
Joshua Newman (President-Elect), Florida State University
Vicky Paraschak (Local Host), University of Windsor

Awards Committees

NASSS Outstanding Book Award

Chair: Audrey Giles, Member-at-Large

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: Audrey Giles, University of Ottawa
Members:
Li Jiayu, Northeastern University
Ann Travers, Simon Fraser University
Richard Jones, Marquette University

Sociology of Sport Journal (SSJ) Outstanding Article Award

Chair: Shannon Jette, Member-at-Large

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: Shannon Jette, University of Maryland
Members:
Ezzeldin Aly, Florida A&M University
Koji Kobayashi, Lincoln University (New Zealand)
Robbie Matz, University of Georgia
Gretchen Peterson, University of Memphis
Oliver Rick, Springfield College

Barbara Brown Outstanding Student Paper Award

Chair: Rachel Allison, Member-at-Large

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: Rachel Allison, Mississippi State University
Members:
Mehdi Salami, Azad University (Iran)
Kylee Studer, Houston Baptist University
Danyel Reiche, American University of Beirut
Heather Van Mullem, Lewis-Clark State College
Lauren Brooks-Cleator, University of Ottawa

Service Excellence Award

Chair: Cheryl Cooky, Past-President

The Service Excellence Award Committee consists of three members; the chair (Past President) and two 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

Chair: Michael Giardina, Editor SSJ

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.

Research Fellows Committee

Chair: Theresa Walton-Fisette President

Chair: Theresa Walton-Fisette, NASSS President, Kent State University
Members:
Michael Giardina, Sociology of Sport Journal, Editor, Florida State University
Joshua I. Newman, Florida State University