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.

Current committees reflect 2018-2019 committees. 2019-2020 committees will be formed in January 2020.
If you are interested in being on a 2020 committee, fill out our volunteer form.

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: Jeffrey Montez de Oca, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, President-Elect



Paul Whitinui, University of British Columbia
Stan Thangaraj, City University of New York
Tricia McGuire-Adams, University of Ottawa
Dan Henhawk, University of Manitoba
Molly Cotner, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Sherry Mason, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Chen Chen, University of Alberta
Algerian Hart, Missouri State University
Parissa Safai, York University
Jorge Moraga, CSU Bakersfield
Alexandra Arellano, University of Ottowa
Yuka Nakamura, York University
Rebecca Wood, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
David Leonard, Washington State University
Michelle Richardson, Coppin State University
Kenneth Sean Chaplin, John Carole University
Charles Crowley, Olivet College
William Bridel, University of Calgary
Akilah Carter-Francique, CSU San Jose

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
Erica Zonder, Eastern Michigan University
Brian Gearity, University of Denver
Ellen Staurousky, Drexel University
Ad Hoc:
Lee Vander Velden (retired)

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

Marques Dexter
Jamie Ali
Sarah Barnes
Nida Ahmad
Judy Lao

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

Matthew Masucci, San Jose State University
jay johnson, University of Manitoba
Anna Baeth, University of Minnesota
Callie Maddox, Miami University (OH)
Rachel Allison, Mississippi State University

Web and Communications Committee

Chair: Jen McGovern, Monmouth University

Facebook Team:
Jonathan Howe, The Ohio State University
Marques Dexter, University of Georgia

Twitter Team:
Nikolaus Dean, University of British Columbia
Judith McDonnell, Bryant University

Instagram Team:
Monica Rochon, Florida State University
Kristal McGreggor, University of Michigan

Conference Steering Committee

Chair and Conference Director: William Bridel, University of Calgary,

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


Melanie Dammel, Florida State University
Simon Barrick, University of Calgary
Jeff Montez de Oca, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Steve Marston, Franklin & Marshall College
Heather Van Mullem, Lewis-Clark State College

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: Rob Lake,


Dafna Kaufman
Robbie Matz
Caitlin Vitosky Clarke
Steven Ortiz

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: Courtney Flowers,


Mitchell McSweeney
Heather I. VanMullem
Gina Comeau
Robert Turick

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: Parissa Safai, York University,


Kristi Allain, St. Thomas University
Dunja Antunovic, Bradley University
Oliver Rick, Springfield College
Sarah Teetzel, University of Manitoba

Service Excellence Award

Chair: Joshua Newman, Past-President /


Marques Dexter
Shaun Edmonds
Donna Wolf

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: Michael Giardina, Editor SSJ


Ruth Jeanes, Monash University
Billy Hawkins, University of Houston
Josh Newman, Florida State University

Research Fellows Committee

Chair: Joshua Newman, NASSS President

Michael Giardina, Florida State University
Audrey Giles, University of Ottawa
Algerian Hart, Western Illinois University
Parissa Safai, York University

2019-2020 Special Committees

These committees have been charged with exploring particular issues for the 2019-2020 business year.

  • Resolutions Committee: This committee will investigate the process and structure of advocacy on behalf of NASSS. In particular, the committee will examine for passing and adopting resolutions on behalf of NASSS.