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.

2023 committees will be formed and posted by January/February 2023.

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).

2023 Chair: Brian Gearity, University of Denver

Members: The 2023 committee will be formed in January/February 2023.


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.


The 2023 committee will be formed in January/February 2023.

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: Malcom Drewery, Coppin State University

Dewitt King, University of Minnesota
Sandeep Dutta, University of Connecticut
Letisha Brown, Univeristy of Cincinatti
Eun Jung, Queens University
Gyasmine George-Williams, Cal Poly Pomona
Jesse Couture, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Eileen Narcotta-Welp, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Jamie Morales, University of Connecticut

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: Heather Van Mullem, Lewis-Clark State College,


Sarah Teetzel, University of Manitoba

Web and Communications Committee

Chair and Website Admin: Jen McGovern, Monmouth University

Katja Sonkeng, University of Georgia, Facebook and Instagram Representative
Dote Williams, University of Houston, Twitter Representative
Jacob Morris, Brock University, Conference Twitter and Mastodon Representative

Conference Steering Committee

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


The 2023 committee has not yet been formed. Please contact the chair if you are interested in serving.

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: Bryan Clift, University of Bath,

Jacob Bustad, Towson University
Jessica Siegele, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Nicole Willms, North Idaho College


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: Beth Cavalier, Georgia Gwinnett College,


Alexandra Maris, University of Toronto
Charles Macaulay, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Mitchell McSweeney, University of Minnesota
Thomas Oates, University of Iowa

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: Derek Silva, King's University College,


Letisha Brown, University of Cincinnati
Umer Hussain, Ripon College

Service Excellence Award

Chair: Past President Rob Lake , Douglas College,


Christina Gipson, Georgia Southern University
Matthew Masucci, San Jose State University

The 2023 committee has not yet been formed but please note that 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


Shannon Jette, SSJ Associate Editor, University of Maryland
Dunja Antunovic, 2022 Early Career award receipient, University of Minnesota.

Research Fellows Committee

Chair: F. Michelle Richardson, President,

The 2023 committee has not yet been formed

Special Committees

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

Political Advocacy Committee - Writes and finds support for resolutions, public statements, and other political activities.
Chair: Jeff Montez de Oca, Colorado State University
Members: Melody Huslage, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

UNDRIP Alliance Committee - Will explore how NASSS can align more closely with the The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
Chair: Vicky Paraschak, University of Windsor

Andrew Meyer, Baylor University
Anna Baeth, Athlete Ally
Autumn Martin
Bachir Sirois-Moumni, University of Ottawa/Université du Québec à Montréal
Cheryl Cooky, Purdue University
Cristine Vlcek
Dewitt King, University of Minnesota
Faye Linda Wachs, Cal Poly Pomona
Miruthula Queen Anbu, Queen's University
Roc Rochon, Florida State University
Sean Seiler, The University of Georgia
Tavis Smith, Bishop's University
Umer Hussain, Ripon College